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Steelers vs. Giants game will be "a few hours of enjoyment" for NYC residents

Giants coach Tom Coughlin recognizes the significance of the damage to the Tri-State area and commends the Steelers for electing to stay in Pittsburgh on Saturday, when teams normally travel for away games, to save space and resources for those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Nick Laham

Giants coach Tom Coughlin broke it down simply for the media.

"I think the mission will be quite clear: Trying to provide a few hours of enjoyment for so many that have been devastated," coach Tom Coughlin said Friday. "I think they'll do a good job of that."

Coughlin clearly recognizes the magnitude of the situation, too. His friend, U.S. Army General Raymond Odierno, a resident of New Jersey, arrived at the Giants practice facility to speak with Coughlin's team this week, speaking about the resiliency of the people in the tri-state area.

The Steelers did the noble thing in declining to arrive a day in advance of the game, saving hotel space and resources for those affected by the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Coughlin commended them for that decision.

It already has the makings of something bigger than a game. The game will still be played despite the New York City Marathon being postponed. Residents look to dig out of massive destruction around the area, and the Giants are taking efforts to help arrange transportation, locate lost tickets and work through what can't possibly be an average game day in East Rutherford, N.J.