Die-hard New York Giants fans and other football fanatics can uncap their Sharpies and mark their calenders.
On Thursday Feb. 28, the NFL announced that the Giants will play the Buffalo Bills in the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, to open the 2014 preseason. The game will take place on Sunday, Aug. 3, at Fawcett Stadium.
Both the Giants and the Bills missed the playoffs this past season but have a former player in this year’s Hall of Fame class. Former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan and former Bills receiver Andre Reed will be inducted into the Hall the day before the game is set to take place.
The rest of the Hall of Fame class includes Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones and Aeneas Williams.
This will mark the fifth time the Giants have played in the annual Hall of Fame game. They also took the field in 1962, 1972, 1985 and 2002. The game in 1962 was the first year the Hall of Fame game was ever held. It will also be the fourth time the Bills have played in the game.
Teams who play in the Hall of Fame game are given an extra preseason game, so the Giants will now have a total of five exhibition games prior to their first regular season game. Considering how the Giants fared over the course of the 2013 season, they are probably welcome to any additional repetitions.