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“We didn’t know about the rationing,” Alling added. “We have an odd number (license plate) and we weren’t sure if we could gas.”

They did, and they were enjoying some barbecue in the parking lot, surrounded by thousands of others who found their way to the Meadowlands.

One of those people plunked a pumpkin on a car hood. On it, in black magic marker, was written “We Will Survive.”

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AP Sports Writer Tom Canavan and freelancer Jim Hague contributed to this story.

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