Time for a Meadowlands match

Bragging rights are on the line tonight when the New York Giants and New York Jets play their annual exhibition game.

The televised game (5 p.m., ESPN) will mark the first time to two rivals who share the same stadium will meet at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Both want to celebrate the first win in the $1.6 billion, 82,500-seat stadium, even if it is only an exhibition.

Things were ramped up a bit during the week when a few players – mainly the Jets’ Bart Scott and the Giants’ Terrell Thomas – took shots at each other.

“We’re opening up a stadium and there’s a lot going on right now,” Thomas said.

“I’m excited, I’m glad I’m not playing in ‘Giants Stadium’ no more,” Scott said. “ … I feel like we have our own home, an equal building.”


Tim Tebow made his NFL debut by scoring a touchdown on the last play for Denver in the Broncos’ 33-24 loss to the Bengals in Cincinnati. The rookie quarterback from Florida completed eight of 13 passes for 105 yards in the second half against a soft defense. He scrambled 7 yards for the TD. …

David Carr threw one TD pass, and San Francisco scored 34 straight points to pull away for a 37-17 win over the Colts in Indianapolis. Peyton Manning led the Colts to a field goal and a touchdown on their first two series before leaving the game.


It was open mike night at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

After the Steelers scored their first touchdown Saturday in a 23-7 exhibition victory over the Lions, referee Jeff Triplette’s field microphone picked up expletives uttered by him or one of his crew members apparently aimed at the replay official.

Unhappy that a review of QB Dennis Dixon’s 5-yard run was ordered during a rainstorm, an official was clearly heard saying, “It’s raining like this, I’ll kick his …” followed by several expletives.

The official then added, “He’s trying to get to the Super Bowl already.”

The call was overturned.


Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher isn’t ready to call rookie running back Stafon Johnson’s season over just yet, but he could be out eight to 12 weeks after he dislocated his right ankle in an exhibition in Seattle against the Seahawks.

Johnson’s senior season at Southern California was ended last September when weights he was lifting dropped on his neck and crushed his larynx.


Philadelphia center Jamaal Jackson and guard Todd Herremans were taken off the physically unable to perform list as the team returned to practice at Lehigh University. … New England linebacker Derrick Burgess practiced for the first time after reporting late to camp for personal reasons. … New Orleans is looking for a third running back after Lynell Hamilton suffered a torn ACL in practice last week, leaving Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush as the Saints’ only experienced and healthy runners.