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Aaron Ross: We can’t let anyone else play Super Bowl in our backyard

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No team has ever played the Super Bowl in their home stadium, but two teams have a chance to change that during the 2013 season.

Wide receiver Stephen Hill is one of the few people willing to publicly admit they think the Jets can be one of the teams that qualify for a playoff berth, let alone a berth in the big game at MetLife Stadium in February, but it won’t be as hard to find people who think the Giants can make it to their third Super Bowl under coach Tom Coughlin. Cornerback Aaron Ross says that he’s seen the hunger for a Super Bowl trip from his teammates and that coach Tom Coughlin has been using the location of the Super Bowl to help push the team this offseason.

“I do feel that, especially since I came back after being away,” Ross said, via Bob Glauber of Newsday. “It seems like everybody has that hunger, plus the Super Bowl is going to be played in our stadium. We can’t have anybody else playing in our backyard. We’ve talked about it, and it’s another goal that coach Coughlin put in front of us. Guys are hungry to achieve that goal.”

The Giants didn’t make the playoffs last year, the third time in the last four years that they failed to advance to the postseason despite spending a good portion of the year in position to grab one of the six NFC spots. That fourth year ended with a Super Bowl, of course. This year’s Giants team is built the same way as those teams, leaving that full range of outcomes on the table as they make their way to camp.

Ross wasn’t with the Giants last year as he signed with the Jaguars as a free agent and played an unremarkable season in Jacksonville before getting cut and returning to the Giants, but said he thought there may have been some complacency around the Giants during their title defense. There’s no such excuse available this season, especially with the added motivation of making a bit of NFL history at the end of the season.

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42 Responses to “Aaron Ross: We can’t let anyone else play Super Bowl in our backyard”
  1. flash1283 says: Jul 16, 2013 10:33 AM

    Really, the Jets a playoff team!

  2. wwwmattcom says: Jul 16, 2013 10:38 AM

    Intersquad scrimmage superbowl!

  3. thefootballgodssay says: Jul 16, 2013 10:39 AM

    GO GIANTS

  4. Getoffmylawn! says: Jul 16, 2013 10:45 AM

    Umm, even if you make it to the Super Bowl, there will be another team there to play against you (and it won’t be the Jets).
    Just sayin..

  5. puropinchecowboys says: Jul 16, 2013 10:55 AM

    LOL at Stephen Hill! Won’t happen for the giants ESPECIALLY the jets. Teams that host the Super Bowl are cursed for the season. See the saints, colts, cowboys…etc…etc…

  6. micknangold says: Jul 16, 2013 10:55 AM

    Both NY teams have no chance.

  7. njgiant1982 says: Jul 16, 2013 10:55 AM

    One game at a time, fellas.

  8. jagwires says: Jul 16, 2013 11:03 AM

    Does that mean he’s not going to “take a nice little vacation” this year?

    He only said that because he got burned horribly by literally everyone he went up against.

  9. charitymike says: Jul 16, 2013 11:04 AM

    I almost spit coffee all over my laptop. Jets..SB..lmao..this Hill guy has jokes!

  10. commonsensedude says: Jul 16, 2013 11:06 AM

    Maybe they should just be happy that during the regular season, they’ll get to play on the field that will be used by two other teams during the Super Bowl. Seriously – it’s quite an honor!

  11. DonRSD says: Jul 16, 2013 11:06 AM

    ELI 4 MVP!!!

  12. anon5121 says: Jul 16, 2013 11:10 AM

    This team talks too much. The chances of the Giants playing for the SB in their own stadium are next to nil. Would be awesome, but that Swiss cheese defense of the Giants will make it near impossible.

    If Eli Manning and his offense can catch fire, though, then their chances sky rocket. If that offense is racked with injuries again, forget about it.

  13. 49erstim says: Jul 16, 2013 11:13 AM

    Here is the deal….. nobody doubts this teams talent. Up and down the entire organization. Front Office, Coaching Staff and Players. …. The problem here is that nobody can figure out why the Giants are so darn inconsistent! They’ll roll a good team and then lose to a bad team. This happens everywhere, admittedly, but it seems to be the norm for the Giants. When the game is on the line and the G-Men are on their own 20 with 2 mins on the clock and they NEED a TD I never find myself saying “not gonna happen”…. but when they come off of a win at Foxboro and travel down to Jacksonville I always wonder what is gonna go wrong this time.

  14. sonnyandsam says: Jul 16, 2013 11:20 AM

    The Redskins will be playing in the Super Bowl this year IN New York….well, really New Jersey. Mara’s penalty for trying to screw-over the Redskins on the salary cap penalties.

  15. annapterp says: Jul 16, 2013 11:26 AM

    Regardless of who is in the SB this year, its going to be a disaster. I hope its super cold, rainy, snowy, sleet, freezing rain so King Roger can scrap this stupid idea of having the SB in a cold weather non-dome stadium. Its bad enough having it in a cold weather site WITH a dome!

  16. justinstuckrule says: Jul 16, 2013 11:26 AM

    I’d love to see a Giants Super Bowl but I don’t see how it can happen. The Giants have way too many holes and their star players have gotten old, hurt or both. The front office has had some turnover and it seems like the owners are frustrated but don’t know what to do.

  17. tombradyswig says: Jul 16, 2013 11:37 AM

    never happen!
    I think it’s a super bowl location curse and a team will never play the sb in it’s own city!

  18. mazzstar30 says: Jul 16, 2013 11:39 AM

    I love it when people doubt the Giants… It is exactly what they need

  19. ninrjoe says: Jul 16, 2013 11:44 AM

    9ERS win NY SB w/ Eli watching from the stands!

  20. 4greatestvikingever says: Jul 16, 2013 11:52 AM

    Dream team

  21. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Jul 16, 2013 11:53 AM

    The 49ers beat the Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX at Stanford in 1985. While this wasn’t their home stadium, it is in their backyard — it’s closer to SF than their new stadium in Santa Clara.

  22. johndont says: Jul 16, 2013 11:56 AM

    Hill, get your Bronco hat and t-shirt on and your orange and blue pop corn cause here we come. Enjoy the show.

  23. overratedsteelerhater says: Jul 16, 2013 11:58 AM

    not going to be the first either!!!!

  24. concord148 says: Jul 16, 2013 11:58 AM

    Hill, get your Bronco hat and t-shirt on and your orange and blue pop corn cause here we come. Enjoy the show.

  25. securb2013 says: Jul 16, 2013 12:05 PM

    The Mannings have a much better chance than the Jets to actually play in the Meadowlands Super Bowl, and yes I am including Archie in that statement.

  26. noring4youstill says: Jul 16, 2013 12:07 PM

    It’s ok it’ll be like a Saints home game

  27. johndont says: Jul 16, 2013 12:08 PM

    Yes the giants will play at home.

  28. thefox61 says: Jul 16, 2013 12:12 PM

    Hahahaha, hehehe, uh, stop it, hahaha, oh, pleeeese, hahahaha, the jets? Hahahaha, the giants? Hehehe, the jets and giants oh hohoho, hehehe, hahaha!

  29. blueballzny says: Jul 16, 2013 12:14 PM

    All you Giant doubters out there, go back and look at how we dominated SF last year. They embarrassed the 49ers in their own house. Keep doubting the Giants. They play their best ball when everyone counts them out!

  30. ejm845 says: Jul 16, 2013 12:17 PM

    the only history being made will be that its the first super bowl to get snowed out

  31. bookofelisha10 says: Jul 16, 2013 12:28 PM

    LOL says the guy who gets burned more civilians in vegas

  32. justintuckrule says: Jul 16, 2013 12:29 PM

    49erstim says:
    Jul 16, 2013 11:13 AM
    Here is the deal….. nobody doubts this teams talent. Up and down the entire organization. Front Office, Coaching Staff and Players. …. The problem here is that nobody can figure out why the Giants are so darn inconsistent! They’ll roll a good team and then lose to a bad team. This happens everywhere, admittedly, but it seems to be the norm for the Giants. When the game is on the line and the G-Men are on their own 20 with 2 mins on the clock and they NEED a TD I never find myself saying “not gonna happen”…. but when they come off of a win at Foxboro and travel down to Jacksonville I always wonder what is gonna go wrong this time.
    —-
    You don’t know my giants bro. They can’t play the pats and jags in the same regular season.

    To the dimwits out there. This is called sarcasm. Tim nailed it.

  33. denverdude7 says: Jul 16, 2013 12:47 PM

    NY Jets – No chance
    NY Giants – Slim chance

    But really. There is only one spot available and that’s on the NFC side.

    The AFC slot is already taken by the Denver Broncos.

  34. justintuckrule says: Jul 16, 2013 12:50 PM

    @tim – since 1986, this team never wins when they are expected to and win when everyone picks against them. If they magically get a playoff bye this year, bet the house against them. If they sneak in as a w.c. and have to travel to seattle, sf, and gb in no particular order, that is a blessing for Giants’ fans and those teams’ worst nightmare.

  35. patriotenvy says: Jul 16, 2013 12:54 PM

    You can’t have anyone else play in your backyard, except you share it with the jets, so you will; and it’s not really your back yard, it’ New Jersey’s.

  36. bigbluenationdb says: Jul 16, 2013 12:57 PM

    I don’t believe in “conspiracy theories” but wouldn’t the NFL love to see Peyton vs Eli in the Super Bowl on Eli’s home field just two years after Eli won his 2nd ring on Peyton’s filed. Just saying that would be the most hyped Super Bowl ever!

  37. justintuckrule says: Jul 16, 2013 1:40 PM

    I’m not just saying this because I’m a homer, but seriously….if there ever was a team that would be the first to play a SB in it own stadium would it surprise anyone if that team were the Giants? The Giants are the team of firsts…

    First 9-7 team to win a SB
    First NFC w.c. team to win a SB
    First team to beat No.1 seed in rd. 1 (Dallas)
    First team to beat the Pats in 07
    First team to win a SB in 4 different decades
    First team to kick a 40+ FG at Lambeau in playoffs
    - – those are just off the top of my head….there’s plenty of negative firsts as well….
    First team to blow a ___ pt lead in (pick a game) Minn playoffs 97, at SF 03, Miracles I and II, at Tenn when Kiwi half-sacked V.Y., out of bounds OT k.o. v. Dallas. on and on……

  38. justintuckrule says: Jul 16, 2013 2:01 PM

    Patriot envy – your hate of the Giants is palpable. However, what the Jets do there can hardly be considered “playing”.

  39. patriotenvy says: Jul 16, 2013 2:40 PM

    I gave you the thumbs up.

  40. victorycruz says: Jul 16, 2013 4:15 PM

    I wonder if Stephen Hill saw Mark Sanchez’s butt fumble, lol. Yup, that’s the qb that will take you to the promise land all right.

  41. kev86 says: Jul 16, 2013 6:59 PM

    Giants can beat anyone. We have Eli. Go Blue!!!

  42. newyorkfootballgiants1080 says: Jul 17, 2013 9:59 AM

    I love all the Giants haters! I’m a realistic fan and don’t expect my team to win every year, but saying the Giants have no chance? That’s just jealousy. It doesn’t matter what history says, this team is hungry after missing the playoffs last year. Keep fueling the fire people, Eli is gonna shut up all who doubt him. Since 2 rings and 2 super bowl MVPs isn’t enough

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