New York Jets, Empire State Building
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The Empire State Building is lit up to recognize the New York Jets’ victory over the New York Giants

Reminder to the Empire State Building people: in New York, Gang Green is the New York Jets.

After the Jets pulled out an improbable 13-10 victory over the New York Giants in overtime, the Empire State Building was lit up in the Jets’ green colors to mark the achievement.

Jets fans may remember, though, that the last time the Empire State Building was lit up in green after a football game, it was not a reference to the Jets.

This tweet and lighting to celebrate Philadelphia were uniquely bizarre, as the Eagles do not play in New York and did not play a New York team en route to the Super Bowl. Former Jets Pro Bowler Nick Mangold had something to say about it, making exactly those points.

This time, the building’s managers got it right, celebrating a Jets victory in the MetLife Melee (a name I used before the game that seems that much more apt in the aftermath of that debacle).

Still, this is likely a win the Jets would rather forget. From sloppiness and lack of discipline to crushing injuries to zero blocking, it was one of the ugliest games they have played in recent memory. That may include the Patriots losses from the last two years.

The Jets hope to take the bitter taste out of their fans’ mouths (despite the win) in a Monday night matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers next week (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN).

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Rivka Boord has followed the Jets since the age of five. She is known locally for her in-depth knowledge of football. She hopes to empower young women to follow their dreams and join the sports conversation. Boord's background in analytics infuses her articles with unique insights into the state of the Jets' franchise and the NFL as a whole.
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