If last Sunday felt a little different … well, it should have felt different. Between 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock, the following things happened:
The Giants outlasted the Panthers at MetLife Stadium, 19-16, on a 56-yard field goal by Graham Gano.
The Jets pulled off a miracle in Cleveland, rallying to beat the Browns, 31-30.
The Mets overcame the Pirates, 7-3, scoring four in the eighth inning.
The Yankees beat the Brewers in a slugfest in Milwaukee, 12-8, the final out coming with the bases loaded.
Add it up and that was a perfect 4-for-4 for the New York teams, and it quickly became apparent just how rare a feat that was when a little bit of digging revealed it had been 13 years since all four teams had won on the same day. I mean … we all know what a dry spell we’ve had in New York the past few years. But 13 years?
It was true. It was on Sept. 27, 2009, when the Jets beat the Titans, 24-17; the Giants blanked the Buccaneers, 24-0; the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 4-2; and the Mets shut out the Marlins, 4-0. Ever since, there had been 30 such Sundays when all four teams had been scheduled to play on the same day.
Every time, at least one of the teams tripped over a pothole.
Saquon Barkley rushes during the Giants’ win over the Panthers. Getty Images