When you think of Tom Coughlin, you normally think of a conservative guy who leaves little to chance. Yesterday, Tom rolled the dice on several occasions paying big dividends for Big Blue. Both plays involved the often dog-housed WR Jerrel Jernigan:
*Coughlin won a replay challenge with 6:11 remaining in the first quarter. On third-and-10, Manning rolled right and threw to Jernigan on the right sideline. Jernigan caught the ball, but the officials ruled he did not get his feet down inbounds before stepping out. Coughlin challenged the ruling, claiming it was a legal catch.
After review, referee Jerome Boger reversed the call, saying Jernigan did get his feet down before stepping out of bounds. Coughlin is 3-1 this season, 37-42 with the Giants and 47-51 in his career on replay challenges. (Giants)
*Later in the game, in overtime, the Giants faced a 4th and 7 on the Detroit 42. Coughlin chose not have Josh Brown attempt a 57-yard FG, leaving the offense on the field instead. They responded, as Eli Manning hit Jernigan on a curl-in on Lions’ 27 for a 15-yard gain. Three plays later, Brown ended the game with a 45-yard FG. (Fennelly)
The Giants have now won their last six regular-season overtimes games beginning with a 26-23 victory over Philadelphia on Dec. 11, 2005. The Giants’ last overtime loss was on Nov. 27, 2005 in Seattle, 24-21.
GEICO SportsNite has Coughlin’s reaction after the Giants’ 23-20 win in overtime against the Lions.