Maggie Jimenez Dad time ... and a Giants win to boot
It was Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. I was going to my second New York Giants game.
They were playing the Kansas City Chiefs, which basically meant they were going to lose.
I was waiting with my eyes stuck on the clock. I wanted the clock to instantly hit 10:30. I just knew this was a super-important game because I never got to go anywhere with my dad alone and I was so excited to see my favorite Giants player, Eli Manning.
“Dad, I know the Giants are never going to win. A 1-8 team has no chance of beating a 6-3 team!” I said.
“I know, but you’ll have to wait and see,” he replied.
I tried to put on my Odell Beckham Jr. jersey and my navy blue sweatpants really fast. The temperature was going to be 40-50 degrees but with super cold winds. We made sure to grab extra jackets, gloves, hats and blankets. Then it happened: The clock struck 10:30.
We stopped at the Easton Village store to pick up lunch for our tailgate. My Dad and I talked in the car about all sorts of things like football, family and sports.
When we pulled into the parking lot, we started to eat our egg and cheeses. I kept rushing my Dad to finish.
I put on my Giants face decorations, got into my coat and stuffed some of my Warheads in my pocket since we weren’t allowed to bring in food.
We finally grabbed our blankets and headed into the stadium. As we walked by people tailgating, I could hear the sizzles and pops of their grills. Red and blue jerseys were everywhere.
When we got into the stadium, we went straight to the Super Bowl Trophies room. The Giant’s Super Bowl trophies were in big, clear, glass cases and their old jerseys and helmets were in skinny, clear cases.
We got to our seats right when fog and fireworks shot out of the tunnel.
They did the coin toss and the Chiefs got the ball first.
The Giants made some pretty good plays, but they didn’t get a touchdown. Like always, the officials threw flags for a lot of plays. They were mostly on the Giants. I heard “boo” from all over. Then the Giants had the ball. They gained a lot of yards and ended up third and goal. Manning passed, Evan Engram caught ... touchdown Giants!
Then I started to remember three weeks earlier. My brother, Charlie, Dad and I were sitting in the freezing cold rain while the Giants were losing 44-17 to the Rams. But then I thought, the Giants are winning now.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter the score was 9-6 in favor of the Giants.
During the fourth quarter, the Chiefs made a field goal. Tie game. Now everyone was screaming, “Let’s go Giants!” There was 1:50 left on the clock. The game went into overtime. Then Roger Lewis Jr. made a great one-handed catch. With 1:58 left on the clock, Aldrick Rosas kicked the game-winning field goal.
“Giants win!” I shouted. “I guess I was wrong about the Giants!” I said to my Dad.
“I guess you were!” he replied.
Everyone was screaming with excitement. I was so happy to have witnessed my first Giants win at Met Life with my Dad. We were so proud to be Giants fans!
Maggie Jimenez is an 11-year-old sixth grader at Helen Keller Middle School in Easton. She is the daughter of Michele and Josh Jimenez. Her brother, Charlie, is in the third grade at Samuel Staples Elementary School.