East Rutherford, N.J. The packed blue canvas travel bags were in front of each locker, and there seemed to be a sense of relief among the New York Giants after holding their final practice in New Jersey for the Super Bowl.
"It's kind of like the last day of school," punter Jeff Feagles said Saturday.
"We're packing our bags, and guys are a little giddy," added the 20-year veteran, who will be playing in his first Super Bowl next Sunday when the Giants face the New England Patriots in Glendale, Ariz.
For the first time since returning to work Thursday, there didn't seem to be any tension as players headed home for 36 hours of down time with their families and friends. They will be back at Giants Stadium on Monday for meetings and a flight to Arizona to begin the final week of preparation.
Defensive tackle Barry Cofield felt a little weird leaving the bubble at Giants Stadium for the last time this season. But it was also a good feeling, knowing what lies ahead.
"Everything is new to me, and probably to almost every guy on this team," Cofield said. "I think that's a good thing. There is a lot of excitement and a lot of anticipation. I think people are eager to go out there and play."