New York Giants players without power after Sandy


There's been plenty of coverage on the Pittsburgh Steelers' change in travel plans caused by superstorm Sandy, but members of the New York Giants have had considerable challenges of their own to contend with.

Linebacker Mark Herzlich said via and NFL Network's Kimberly Jones that 90 percent of Giants players remained without power as of Friday.

Eli Manning was one of tens of thousands of people affected by the storm in Hoboken, N.J., a city located across the Hudson River from Manhattan. The National Guard was called into the city this week to help rescue families trapped in their buildings by intense flooding.

Manning was more fortunate, but he's among the Giants who went without power. The quarterback watched film on his battery-powered computer as the storm hit Tuesday. Later, he ventured downstairs to see the lobby of his building was underwater. (The image of Manning snapping a cell-phone picture of the flooding became an Internet hit on Wednesday.)

Manning isn't the only Giants player who lives in Hoboken. Jones reports that linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka and his family were trapped in their home from Monday night until Wednesday as water, sewage and fuel enveloped their building. They were able to get to a hotel by Wednesday.

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The Steelers were unable to get a hotel to accommodate them on Saturday, forcing the team to fly into the New York-area on the day of the their 4:25 p.m. ET matchup against the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Jones reports that upon arriving, the team will have a meal at their hotel, then head to the stadium in one group of buses, instead of the usual two waves.

This has been an unusual week for everyone connected to the region.

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