1. The Party decks Approximately 30,000 fans are expected to jam into the 180,000 square feet of pavilion space on three levels behind each end zone. The standing-room-only tickets should swell attendance beyond 100,000, which threatens to break the NFL attendance record of 102,368 for a game played on U.S. soil between the Rams and 49ers at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1957. The NFL’s all-time record stands at 103,467, a 2005 regular-season game between the 49ers and Cardinals in Mexico City.
2. Trash talking Tense words were flying out of both locker rooms heading into tonight’s showdown. Giants running back Brandon Jacobs said he hates the Cowboys with a "bloody passion." Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware fired off, "I hate those New York Giants," and wide receiver Patrick Crayton, who has a history of trash talking with Jacobs, said the reason the Giants have talked so much about the Cowboys is because they’re trying to convince themselves they can go on the road and beat them.
3. The video board The NBC cameras will stray from their typical television procedure on punts. Rather than following the coverage and the returner, an NBC camera will follow the flight of the football just in case either punter booms one high enough to bounce off the undercarriage of the 60-yard-long video board. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently handed down rules that game officials will follow in case of video-board interference. If a ball strikes the video board, the down will be replayed at the previous spot.
4. Ring of Honor The Cowboys will unveil their exclusive ring at the new stadium with most of the honorees in attendance. The ring honors those who made outstanding contributions to the club. The 17 members are Troy Aikman, Tony Dorsett, Cliff Harris, Bob Hayes, Chuck Howley, Michael Irvin, Lee Roy Jordan, Tom Landry, Bob Lilly, Don Meredith, Don Perkins, Mel Renfro, Tex Schramm, Emmitt Smith, Roger Staubach, Randy White and Rayfield Wright.
5. The Stars If you’re watching on TV, you’ll likely see two Cowboys stars that you didn’t see during the preseason. The first one, finally stitched in at the 50-yard line, will be obvious. The other one isn’t as obvious. Here’s a hint: think giant video board and keep a close eye on birds-eye shots from above.