This week, the Giants will be playing in San Diego, a place they haven’t been since 2005. Some may call him quirky, but Tom Coughlin is keeping the team in New York time to adjustm to the time difference.
From Tod Leonard of the San Diego Union-Tribune:
As they have done since Coughlin became the head coach in 2004, the Giants will arrive on Saturday, the day before their 1:25 p.m. meeting against the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. They’ll get off the plane, get to the hotel, have some meetings and be in bed early. It’s their first West Coast trip this season and only the third in four years.
“We have always done it that way, and we believe in it,” Coughlin said Wednesday on a conference call with San Diego reporters. “We all have a way in which we go about our business when we come on the road. It’s worked in the past, and we’ll continue to follow that.”
Big Blue has been traveling out to the west coast since 1947, but going westward hasn’t been very fruitful during the regular season for the Giants:
Against teams in the Pacific time zone during the regular season, the Giants are 17- 27.
The Giants are 2-2 vs. the San Diego Chargers, 2-4 vs. the Oakland Raiders, 7-7 vs. the San Francisco 49ers, 3-4 vs. the Seattle Seahawks and 3-10 vs. the Los Angeles Rams (now the St. Louis Rams).
In the post season, the Blue has had some success out west – four wins, three losses….
1981 Divisional Playoffs – lost, 38-24, in San Francisco
1984 WildCard Playoffs – defeated LA Rams, 16-13 in Anaheim
1987 Super Bowl XXI – defeated Denver, 39-20, at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena
1990 NFC Championship Game – defeated San Francisco, 15-13
1993 Divisional Playoffs – lost, 44-3, in San Francisco
2002 Wildcard Playoffs – lost, 39-38, in San Francisco
2011 NFC Championship – defeated San Francisco, 20-17