Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Big Blue Emphasis: Finishing

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Big Blue Emphasis: Finishing

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Make a play and win the game.

Sounds simple enough - the most basic and obvious of strategies. Someone, anyone, step up with the outcome hanging in the balance and seal the victory.

Of their seven losses this season, the Giants have held the lead in the fourth quarter of five of them. Instead of finding a way to prevail, they have done the opposite in ways that defy the odds and boggle minds.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin has been in the sport for more than four decades, and to hear him describe how his team has given game after game away in heartbreaking and brain-numbing fashion, the befuddlement is evident with every word.

"It's craziness," Coughlin said, adding, "Every play is so critical in the game -- every play. It could be one or two plays in a ball game, I used to say five, but really this year it could be one. One play makes the difference in a ball game, and it's got to be the one that you make. You've got to make it, not the other guy."

As Coughlin continues to wait for that to happen, his Giants (5- 7) are somehow still in the playoff hunt thanks to their placement in the inept NFC East.

The Redskins and Eagles picked up victories Sunday, moving their records to 6-7 and putting the pressure on the Giants to win tonight in order to keep pace. The Giants have not handled prosperity well, considering the way they have already booted several chances to seize control of the division.

Now they will have to respond after things did not go their way on the scoreboard. Had every game ended in 58 minutes rather than 60, the Giants' record would be 9-3.

"I mean, we're still in it. Anything can happen any given Sunday," Pierre-Paul said this week. "You just have to go out there and play some great football. The tackles that we missed, we have to make those tackles, yards after the catch, we can't let that happen, and we have to get to the quarterback faster. …

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