Following Sunday’s win over the Cowboys, Giants coach Tom Coughlin complained that the clock operator in Dallas gave the Cowboys extra time to run a final play. With a day to reflect on it, Coughlin remains upset. But the NFL says there were no issues with the timing.
Speaking to reporters today, Coughlin said the final 10 seconds of the game, during which the Cowboys ran three offensive plays, were, “The longest 10 seconds I’ve ever been around.”
“Three plays in 10 seconds, two of which went to the end zone, seems a little much to me,” Coughlin said. “We’ll have to see if we can get some response from the league on that.”
But the league office told the Star-Ledger that while they are willing to listen to Coughlin’s concerns and review the timing late in the game, the NFL’s stance is that “there were no issues with the clock.”
Having re-watched the final 10 seconds of the game and timed it by hand myself, I can say that the league office is right: The clock started when it should have and stopped when it should have, and the Cowboys were not given any extra time. Coughlin has no reason to be upset.