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Saturday, December 24, 2011
Jets put curtains on Super Bowl logos

By Mike Mazzeo
Special ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants left tackle David Diehl and his teammates viewed the New York Jets putting black curtains over the four Super Bowl logos painted on the wall outside their locker room hours before their New York City metropolitan area showdown at MetLife Stadium on Saturday as "a sign of disrespect."

So, after the Giants routed the Jets 29-14 in the "Fight Before Christmas", Diehl, kicker Lawrence Tynes and long-snapper Zak DeOssie emerged from the locker room to push the curtains aside.

"This is Giants Stadium!" Diehl yelled as he headed back inside to join his teammates. "This is Giants Stadium!"

"Before the game we said fine, let them hang them up," Diehl said. "But after the game -- after we took care of business -- we wanted to show them that this is an organization with pride and we exposed them."

Before the game, Tynes and running back Brandon Jacobs attempted to remove the curtains, but a Jets official moved them right back into place. A security guard was put into place to prevent any further tampering.

The Jets were allowed to control the displays because they were the home team. MetLife Stadium -- formerly known as New Meadowlands Stadium -- is co-owned by both teams. Giants co-owner John Mara saw the curtains and said the Giants don't do the same to the Jets when it's a Giants' home game. The Jets have those curtains up at every home game because it's the players' entrance.

"They do that all the time," Mara said. "You have to ask them about that. We don't cover theirs."

"I won't mention what I thought," coach Tom Coughlin said when asked about it.

Giants defensive captain Justin Tuck said: "The fact of the matter is, I have a Super Bowl ring."

All week long both teams had been doing a lot of yapping. Coach Rex Ryan said the Jets were the "better" team in town. But when push came to shove, the Giants proved him wrong and came away the victors in "The Battle of New York."

"We let our play do the talking," Diehl said.

After the game, Ryan said: "They were the better team today, and they're the better team this year. Clearly, I was wrong."

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.