The smell of searing meat and the sound of Bruce Springsteen wafted through the air on a bright Sunday morning in East Rutherford. Rows of sport utility vehicles faced each other tail-first in the shadow of the gargantuan MetLife Stadium. The New York Giants intended to reclaim their World Champions’ glory after an embarrassing season opener, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just wanted to hang on. American, Giants, and Yankees flags flew — in that order — above tour busses, idling Bentleys, and fans dressed in red, white, and blue, swigging Champagne.
The Cut sent photographer Amy Lombard and reporter Katie Van Syckle to the tailgate to document the bedazzled jerseys, team-themed tube tops, and— in one case — five-inch, sports-themed peep-toe heels of the NFL’s most ornately attired fans. Today, as the Giants prepare to play the Carolina Panthers, click to see our slideshow and meet the football femmes.