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It must be very hard to wake up and not immediately have a smile on your face if you’re a Giants fan. The squad is actually winning games they’d likely lose in the past, and head coach Brian Daboll has guided New York to a 2-0 record in the process.

After snatching a Week 1 victory for the first time since 2016 in Tennessee, one could’ve only imagined how loud MetLife Stadium would be for the Giants’ home opener in Week 2. I mean, it’s been a while since Giants fans could fill up the venue to cheer on a team with a winning record, right?

Prior to New York’s matchup against the Panthers, Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale had a simple task for fans who planned to watch the game in person: be loud.

There’s been a lot of “changing the culture” talk regarding the Giants in recent weeks. However, it’s mostly pertained to what’s happened on the field, in the locker room, and throughout the organization. This culture change is starting to spread to the stands, too.

Martindale gave fans a task, and they succeeded with flying colors. Here’s what head coach Matt Rhule had to say as his Panthers were heading back to Carolina for a three-game homestand:

Mission accomplished, folks. Nicely done to everyone who showed up to the Meadowlands on Sunday.

It’s not all that hard to get in the good graces of New York sports fans. We always want to see a win and hate to lose, but you know what we hate even more than losing? A lack of effort. If players just go out there and put their best foot forward by not giving in when the going gets tough, fans will back them until the end of time.

We saw that throughout the game on Sunday. The defense played exceptionally well. While the offense didn’t do much in the first half, they did what was necessary after halftime to get the job done.

And as it currently stands, the G-Men are tied with the Eagles for first place in the NFC East. Next up on the docket for New York is another battle at MetLife Stadium. It’ll be on Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys.

Martindale and the rest of the coaching staff will likely want the fans to be loud again. He probably won’t have to ask them this time around, though. The Giants are undefeated, in first place, and facing a hated divisional rival on primetime television. That’s all they need.

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Matt Musico is an editor for ESNY. He’s been writing about baseball and the Mets for the past decade. His work has been featured on numberFire, MetsMerized Online, Bleacher Report, and Yahoo! Sports.