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GOODELL, GIANTS FANS HAPPY THAT GAME WENT ON
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Courtney Davis has no idea what her house looks like because her town of Sea Bright, N.J., was washed away by Hurricane Sandy.
Yet Sunday, she was at the Meadowlands when the Steelers beat the Giants 24-20.
"We need this," she said. "We could really use this game and having a good time."
Davis and many others outside MetLife Stadium said they were glad commissioner Roger Goodell did not postpone the game or order it moved to Pittsburgh. And Goodell, above right, stopped by to meet and congratulate first responders, calling them "heroes."
Asked about concerns for the game, Goodell said:
"I sure didn't hear that here. I didn't hear it out in the parking lot. In fact, exactly the opposite of that … (people said), 'We want to be able to get away from what we have been dealing with all week for a while' and a couple of guys said, 'This re-energized us. We're ready to go back.' "
BRONCOS: RG Chris Kuper (left ankle) was helped off in the third quarter.
BROWNS: DT Phil Taylor started after missing the first eight games with a torn chest muscle. … Executive VP Bryan Wiedmeier attended his first game since having surgery Oct. 26 to have a brain tumor removed.
COWBOYS: TE Jason Witten set the team record for receptions. He had five for 752 career; Hall-of-Fame WR Michael Irvin had 750.
FALCONS: WR Roddy White had seven catches to break Terance Mathis' career team record of 573. White has 577.
LIONS: QB Matthew Stafford became the second-fastest to throw for 10,000 career yards, doing so in 37 games. Former Rams star Kurt Warner did it in 36.
PACKERS: LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), WR Jordy Nelson (ankle) and LB Bryan Bulaga (hip) left injured. "We need to get healthy, that's what bye weeks are for," coach Mike McCarthy said.
RAIDERS: DT Desmond Bryant was taken to a hospital in the second half against the Bucs because of a fast heartbeat; the team said it was a precaution.
REDSKINS: Coach Mike Shanahan essentially threw in the towel on the season, saying: "You lose a game like that, now you're playing to see who obviously is going to be on your football team for years to come."
SAINTS: Coach Sean Payton can be a free agent after this year despite a contract extension signed last year, ESPN reported. Jay Glazer of Fox said Payton told him he "absolutely plans" to stay.
SEAHAWKS: Starting OLB K.J. Wright (concussion) left early in the first quarter.
STEELERS: Leading WR Antonio Brown (left ankle) left in the first half.