Tom Coughlin: We have to win all four remaining games

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The Giants suffered a tough loss to the Redskins on Monday night.

It left them one game up on the Cowboys and the Redskins in the race for the NFC East division and guaranteed that they won’t win more than three games in the division this season. They split with both teams and the winner of the Cowboys-Redskins game later this season will have at least four divisional wins, which doesn’t bode well for their chances of winning a tiebreak.

There’s always the Wild Card race, where the Giants do own a tiebreak on the Seahawks, but they might not control their own fate in that race after another loss. That’s why coach Tom Coughlin didn’t pull any punches on Tuesday when discussing what his team needs to do now.

“We have to win literally every one of our games. That’s how I look at it,” Coughlin said, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Coughlin also said he wanted the team to “pay specific attention” to how teams lose games around the league. Presumably, he’d like them to pay special attention to how penalties can undermine a team’s chances of winning.

The nine penalties committed by the Giants were a major reason why they lost. They had penalties on each of their first two offensive drives that forced the team to settle for field goals, they had penalties on several kick returns to cost them field position and they had a penalty on a late third down pass to Martellus Bennett that wiped out a first down. Maybe the Giants still don’t win if they eliminate those errors, but it’s a lot easier to like their chances if they do.

54 responses to “Tom Coughlin: We have to win all four remaining games

  1. What? It’s not like they haven’t done it before…and kept on winning all the way to the Super Bowl.

  2. They really do. They are 2-3 in the division and they still have the Ravens and Falcons on the road. Which would make the Week 17 matchup with the Eagles their must-win game if they drop a L in either road game.

    They won’t make it at 8-8 again this year.

  3. Someone said it best in an earlier article… I’ve been a Giants fan a long time and it never ceases to amaze me how they manage to lose easy games yet dominate in difficult games. Not saying the Redskins were an easy opponent; they looked great last night and were clearly the better team. But the penalties and the fact they appeared to be sleepwalking in the 2nd half sure didn’t help their playoff chances.

    /cue Giants 2nd-half-of-the-season-slump

  4. Actually, if you use the ESPN playoff machine you will discover that there is NO scenario remaining where the Giants tie with the Redskins or Cowboys and own the tiebreaker. They HAVE to win via better record or hope for a lot of help to secure the 6th seed WC slot.

  5. If they got hot it might be another SB run, they always play well when their backs are against the wall…

  6. “The giants suck and are a .500 team at best.

    Mara and lil blue suck it as well shown last pm when THE SKINS SHREADED THEM!”

    Shredded, by 1 point with a missed FG.
    Get back to the cellar would ya?

  7. Maybe Coughlin can pass some knowledge on to Jason Garrett about “telling it like it is” No sugar coating!

  8. The nine penalties and not being able to stop the run, but it was really because of Rg3-right skin fans??

  9. Not a gmen fan by any means. Would not be surprised if they win out. New Orleans has an awful D and the Gmen D-line can easily over power the saints o-line. Ravens are probably the most overrated team in football. The falcons are a “bad” 11-1. They won alot of games they shouldn’t have and don’t forget about the playoffs last yr between these 2 teams. And theres the Eagles

  10. The Redskins have a way of losing the games they should easily win…..fear the Cleveland Browns.

    Wouldnt suprise me a bit they lose that game and out of the playoff picture.

  11. I need the Giants gone. I cannot take another Superbowl loss to them. THAT will become the Patriots legacy as much as anything else they have done, if it happens a 3rd time.

  12. Stop it. Until Terell Davis came along, Shanahan was a middling coach with one of the greatest QB’s in history on his roster. Shanahan also signed McNabb and thought he was a franchise QB.

    On another note, there have been numerous confirmed reports that Shanahan didn’t even want RGIII and Dan Snyder had to FORCE him to make that trade happen. So stop it. Your opinion is not “logical.” Skins Nation was ready to chase Shanahan out of DC just last year

  13. Out of the Ciwboys, Redskins and Cowboys. The giants have the harder remaining schedule, the saints. falcons, ravens and eagles. While if the Redskins have the Ravens, Browns. Eagles and Cowboys. It doesn’t look good for the Giants. And the Seahawks have a easy remaining schedule to wrap up the wild card. My bet is on the Redskins winning the east. I don’t see the Giants winning 3 straight tough games, while if the Redskins get past the Ravens, it should be an easy coast to a NFC east championship. But you never know what can happen

  14. Everyone knows there’s only team in the NFC East that’s built to beat anyone in the post-season.

  15. As a fan of the Patriots, my opinion is that Tom Coughlin is a great Coach and The Giants still have everything it takes to win out. I like Shanahan’s team, but the Gnats have a one-game lead and are just as good as any team left on their schedule. Dallas is done, far as I’m concerned.

  16. I swear, majority of the Giants fanbase would flunk a stress test right now.

    After last year’s loss to the ‘Skins, they put the pedal to the metal, and ran the table. Maybe this loss will help get the team in gear (And hopefully STAY in gear)

    At least the uncertainty keeps the bandwagoners at bay 🙂

  17. Cedric Griffin is now suspended for 4 games for PED use. Which means that the currently shoddy Redskins secondary without Jackson, Meriweather and a highly regressed DeAngelo Hall, will be even more suspect.

    But no worries, the Redskins are going to win the NFC East and make a run through the playoffs!

    Dez Bryant and Miles Austin is going to have their way with the Redskins defense, and there’s really nothing that can be done about it.

  18. Dadeyemi says: “there have been numerous confirmed reports that Shanahan didn’t even want RGIII and Dan Snyder had to FORCE him to make that trade happen. ”

    Please direct us to these “confirmed reports”. I follow the Skins very closely and have never heard this nonsense.

    Or maybe your sources were the same people giving election predictions on Fox News?

  19. Missed field goal is the story here. The game was a classic NFC East battle of field position and clock management. Coughlin played it perfectly and would have had the timing right in the end. If Tynes hits the field goal, we’re not having this discussion. Less penalties would have only worked to allow the Giants to win by a larger margin. But 2 points would have been fine with me. Bad snap on the field goal and the holder had to bring the ball from across his body to the spot, which caused Tynes to pull it slightly left. Bah.

  20. Skins fans wanted Shanahan gone last year? News to me. Most fans all say that they want Shanahan to finish out his contract because we can’t keep changing HC’s and he’s done great things over-hauling this roster. Making one of the oldest teams in the league to one of the youngest. It’s all going to come together for the Redskins and the haters are just going to have to take it. Ha!

  21. Credit the Giants… Their two recent Super Bowl seasons came on the heels of a mediocre regular season.

    If they make the playoffs they have a habit of peaking at just the right time

  22. nygiantstones says: Dec 4, 2012 5:48 PM

    Missed field goal is the story here. The game was a classic NFC East battle of field position and clock management. Coughlin played it perfectly and would have had the timing right in the end. If Tynes hits the field goal, we’re not having this discussion. Less penalties would have only worked to allow the Giants to win by a larger margin. But 2 points would have been fine with me. Bad snap on the field goal and the holder had to bring the ball from across his body to the spot, which caused Tynes to pull it slightly left. Bah.
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    How can you say that? The Giants had multiple opportunities to push the lead to two scores after that and failed. The fact that they even had to settle for a FG on that drive with the made-up grounding call is more abominable than anything else.

  23. tombradyswig says:Dec 4, 2012 4:37 PM

    sitting at home watching the SB is where Tom and Snee will be!!
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    Which might give Tom & Bill a chance of winning another SB. We all know what happens when Tom & Snee meet you guys there!

  24. Tom Coughlin: We have to win all four remaining games
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    Ya think????

  25. hartcarluncarlun says: Dec 4, 2012 7:23 PM

    Didn’t know it was possible to be a bad 11-1 team…..
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    That’s what the Falcons are. That game (especially offensively) against the worst defense in the league shows me they’re the same team we shut out in the playoffs in January.

  26. We really do.

    And for the record, Dallas is about to get abused by Geno and Peko, as well as the Steelers’ D, so Cowboys fans need to just go sit in the corner before they start crowing about beating a team twice that has quit.

  27. As far as Washington goes, it is interesting, because if the Giants DON’T win out, and lose more than one more NFC game (ATL, NO, PHI), they are at risk for losing the division because the Redskins would own the tiebreaker for division and conference record if both teams finish 9-7 (presuming that the Skins’ only loss comes against Baltimore).

  28. But there is a lot of football to be played. The Browns are equipped to stuff their run option attack, and the Cowboys will at the very least be playing spoilers for Washington, if nothing else, Week 17. The Giants are done playing gimmick offenses and the Eagles (with Bryce Brown, and presumably, McCoy back) are the only team remaining on their slate with the type of running game that can neutralize the pass rush.

  29. dadeyemi says: Dec 4, 2012 5:02 PM

    Stop it. Until Terell Davis came along, Shanahan was a middling coach with one of the greatest QB’s in history on his roster. Shanahan also signed McNabb and thought he was a franchise QB.

    On another note, there have been numerous confirmed reports that Shanahan didn’t even want RGIII and Dan Snyder had to FORCE him to make that trade happen. So stop it. Your opinion is not “logical.” Skins Nation was ready to chase Shanahan out of DC just last year
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    Dude, you stop it. WHO drafted Terrell Davis in the SEVENTH round? WHO built a running game and defense when the likes of Dan Reeves and the rest didn’t. When Mike got to town, for the first time, Snyder pulled his nose out of day to day ops for a change. Didn’t want Luck or RG3 even? You don’t know of what you speak. Mike’s been looking for a franchise QB since day one. You just hate girlfriend. BTW, not sure who you root for but how many back to back SBs they rockin’?

  30. dallas is 6-6 and plays: CIN, PIT, NO, WAS.
    washington is 6-6 and plays: BAL, CLE, PHI, DAL.
    new york is 7-5 and plays: NO, ATL, BAL, PHI.

    on the surface, it looks like there’s a good chance that the skins finish with the better record, or at least the same record as the giants but will win the tiebreaker. one thing you have to look at though is that the giants’ record outside the division is 5-2, which is where 3 of their 4 remaining games are played

  31. There have never been any reports, confirmed or otherwise, saying Shanahan didn’t want RGIII.

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