Jets, Giants prepare for annual preseason tilt



NEW YORK (AP) — The two teams may indeed battle for bragging rights on Saturday, but on Friday, the New York Jets and Giants were partners, standing side by side in Manhattan’s Bryant Park.

A combination of 28 Jets and Giants players, coaches and executives took part in the MetLife Fan Fair some 24 hours before the 43rd preseason game between the two franchises.

“I definitely think it’s a friendly rivalry but it’s also very intense,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “This is a fun deal. But it’ll be serious come Christmas Eve. I can promise you on Dec. 24, we’ll be trying to get after each other. And we will tomorrow night.

“It’ll be fun, it’ll be a physical thing. We don’t game plan them, and I’m sure they don’t game plan us.”

The two teams will play in the regular season on Dec. 24 in newly named MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. That will be a Jets’ home. The preseason tilt is a Giants’ home game.