The Giants Took On The Cowboys & Hurricane Sandy On Sunday

Giants United Airlines charter lands in Newark at 1:00 am during Hurricane SandyThe historic and potentially catastrophic storm, known as Hurricane Sandy, is in the midst of wreaking havoc from North Carolina, all the way north through New England. With some of Sandy's greatest impact expected to be felt throughout the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the concerns (from the world of sports) involved the New York Giants ability to safely land in the area, after arriving home from their 29-24, late afternoon victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

As the organization boarded their United Airlines charter, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, team and aviation officials were prepared to divert the plane, if the New Jersey skies grew too unsafe for travel.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is the team's airport of choice, due to its close proximity to the Giants' Timex Performance Center headquarters, located adjacent to MetLife Stadium.

Here is a photo of the team boarding the plane, courtesy of the Giants official Twitter page.

After taking off a few minutes past 9:00 PM CT, the Giants' three-hour flight reached Newark airspace, where it was determined that the weather still allowed for a safe landing. As of 1 AM ET, rain was light and cloud cover was dense, but fortunately for New York, winds were only blowing at around 20 MPH.

While nowhere close to perfect landing conditions, the early morning environment was a far cry from the heavy rain and 90 MPH wind gusts that would take over the area, come Monday afternoon.

So, as Sandy's northern most front began to unleash its power on the Tri-State Area, the defending Super Bowl champions successfully touched down at EWR, at around 1:07 AM ET.

Upon the conclusion of the team's turbulent ride, members of the squad took to Twitter to express their happiness with being on the ground.

Defensive end Justin Tuck wrote: “Just landed. Thank you God”

Punter Steve Weatherford added: “Giants made it back safe and sound. So stoked to be back home! #ThankGod"

Safety Stevie Brown, who was a key contributor to New York's victory (two INT's & a fumble recovery), perhaps went into the greatest detail, when expressing his opinion of the flight.

Brown typed: “glad to say we made it safe, lil turbulent and @TSash left me in my time of need when the plane was shakin, thanks Sash.”

@TSash is a reference to Giants safety Tyler Sash.

While the New York Giants may very well be the toughest team in the NFL, one idea seems abundantly clear, when analyzing the world champion's trip home.

No matter the situation, no matter the group of people, nobody is tougher than Mother Nature.