Sunday, December 21, 2008

No snow tonight for Panthers-Giants

Hi, everyone. I'm here in lovely Newark, New Jersey, seven hours before kickoff, and the weather headline is that it's not going to be as bad as it could be.

Although there's snow everywhere you look here, it looks like it's going to be clear, cold and windy tonight for Panthers-Giants, which kicks off at 8:15 p.m.
The weather.com forecast for East Rutherford, N.J., where the Giants actually play, shows as of now that it's going to be around 27 degrees at kickoff, with no precipitation in the forecast during the game. The field should be relatively dry, which should help a speedster like Steve Smith (who points out he went to school in Utah and often has his best games in cold weather anyway).

Although this game is undoubtedly huge, a bit of the pressure is off the Panthers. They are now guaranteed a spot in the playoffs even if they go 0-2 in their final two games -- that became clear when Dallas lost Saturday night to Baltimore. They aren't guaranteed a home game or a first-round bye or anything else yet, however, so they can improve their standing greatly by winning here tonight or, as a consolation prize, Dec.28 in New Orleans.

On a personal note, I flew up to New Jersey Sunday morning from Charlotte and only had a flight delay of 20 minutes.

Other flights to the Northeast were running a couple of hours behind schedule, but I hope I have already served my time in travel purgatory on my return trip from Green Bay after Carolina's pulsating win there. A 10-hour flight delay gave me lots of time to learn all about Chicago's O'Hare airport, which at least had a six-foot high mockup of the Statue of Liberty made entirely of Legos. After studying it closely, I still only had nine hours and 58 minutes to kill.

5 comments:

Chadman said...

Tampa...loss gets us that much closer to the division??!?!!?

Michael said...

Chad...it does to a degree. It takes Tampa out of the equation for the division, but Atlanta's still lurking. If they win their game (they're currently up 17-7 early in the 3rd), it WILL clinch a bye for our division winner, but they would take that crown with a win next week and losses for us in the last two. A TIE in that game would clinch the division for US and a bye.

Vikram said...

If Atlanta wins today and its last game and we lose out, then will both be tied at 11-5. How does the tie-breaker look for us in that scenario?

Lance said...

Vikram,

The first four tie breakers are even (record, head to head, common opponents, and conference record) in the scenario you described. The next two tiebreakers are strength of victory and strength of schedule. Not sure who has the edge on that one at this point.

Michael said...

Lance is wrong. We'd lose on conference record.