The NY Jets have long lived in the shadows of their "big brother" crosstown rivals. Despite two consecutive regular-season wins over the New York Giants, the Jets entered Sunday's game with something to prove.
They set out to prove that they should no longer be considered the "little brothers." They set out to reclaim JetLife Stadium. And despite a disastrous, downright ugly game for both teams, only one team emerged victorious.
This was personal for Jets players, and they made that clear on social media after the game. Numerous Jets players took to Twitter to proudly proclaim that the Giants aren't the "big brothers" anymore.
This is JetLife Stadium. One team runs this city — and it's not the 2-6 Giants.
NY Jets players claim JetLife Stadium as their own
The likes of Breece Hall, Ashtyn Davis, and Justin Hardee all took to Twitter following the Jets' improbable win on Sunday to share their thoughts. The message was clear: the Jets are the big brothers.
Despite the Giants' historical success, they haven't been able to find much recent success against their New York rivals. It's been 12 years since the Giants defeated the Jets in the regular season.
The last time the Giants beat the Jets in a regular season game, the iPhone 4s had just been released. "Someone Like You" by Adele was the No. 1 song in the country. Barack Obama was still in the first term of his presidency.
That sure sounds like a case of a "big brother" beating up on a "little brother" for over a decade. Except, I don't think the Giants are the "big brothers" in this scenario.
It wasn't pretty, but the Jets managed to extend their winning streak over the Giants to three games. That's the first time the Jets have won three consecutive games against the Giants in the history of both organizations.
The tides are turning in East Rutherford. There's a new big brother in town, and they're the proud residents of JetLife Stadium.