From the NFL:
GIANTS at PITTSBURGH (Saturday, NFLN, 7:30 PM ET)The Giants and Steelers will meet on Saturday night at Heinz Field. But both teams hope to end up at New York’s MetLife Stadium on Sunday, February 2, 2014 for Super Bowl XLVIII.
“Right now, I have two Super Bowls,” says Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who has guided New York to wins in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. “I want to get three. Then I’ll go from there. Every day, I see MetLife Stadium and feel that we are a championship-caliber team. There’s a sense of urgency this year focused on, ‘Hey, that Super Bowl championship is the goal.’ Let’s practice, prepare and do everything the way it needs to be done.”
Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has also won two Super Bowls (XL and XLIII) and hopes to add to that total. In fact, his goal is to pass Pro Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw, who won four Super Bowls with the Steelers.
“I want to pass Terry Bradshaw by getting more Super Bowl wins,” says Roethlisberger. “That’s our expectation in Pittsburgh.”
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The Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers meet for the 27th time in the pre- season, with the series tied, 13-13. In the regular season, the Giants and Steelers have met 76 times, with the Giants leading the series, 44-29-3. The teams last met Nov. 4, 2012, when the Steelers beat the Giants, 24-20, in MetLife Stadium. This is the Giants first preseason visit to Pittsburgh since 1992.
Preseason Openers: The Giants are 34-26-3 in preseason openers since 1950. Last year, the Giants began their preseason schedule with a 32-31 loss in Jacksonville.
2012 Preseason: The Giants finished the 2012 preseason with a 2-2 record, with losses to the Jacksonville Jaguars (32-31) and the Chicago Bears (20-17). Big Blue’s preseason victories came against the New York Jets (26-3) and New England Patriots (6-3). The Giants outscored their opponents, 80-58, in the preseason.
The Series: The preseason series between the Giants and the Steelers is tied at 13-13 entering Saturday’s game. The Giants are 4-6 in Pittsburgh in the preseason. Their last preseason victory in Pittsburgh occured on Sept. 5, 1987 (26-20).
TV BROADCAST INFORMATION: This week’s game will be televised by WNBC-4 New York. Bob Papa will call the play-by-play, Carl Banks will provide the color commentary and Howard Cross and Bruce Beck will report from the sidelines.
GIANTS RADIO NETWORK: The game will be broadcast by WCBS 880 AM in the Tri-State area – with Chris Carrino calling the play-by-play, Roman Oben and Karl Nelson serving as analysts with Paul Dottino reporting from the sidelines. Lance Medow, Jeff Feagles, Paul Dottino and John Schmeelk will host the Giants radio pregame and postgame shows with pre-game coverage beginning at 6:35 p.m.
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