Not that you’d expect them to admit it, but the Giants flatly denied the accusation by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that they were faking injuries.
“It’s absolutely not true,” Tom Coughlin said, via Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News.
Jones laughed and said it was clear to him that two Giants players were faking injuries to slow the pace of Sunday’s game, saying “it was so obvious it was funny.”
Coughlin wasn’t laughing, however, pointing out that linebacker Dan Connor didn’t return to the game, and insisting defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins was legitimately in need of assistance, even though he returned to the game shortly thereafter.
“Both of those players were injured,” Coughlin said. “Connor never returned to the game. And Cullen was in a position where he needed to regroup. So that wasn’t orchestrated at all.”
Giants safety Antrel Rolle echoed his coach’s comments, and took his own shot back at the Cowboys, saying they should be relieved to have escaped with the 36-31 win.
“Because a game like that will never happen to us again,” Rolle said. “Even with six turnovers, they were still scratching their heads at the end of the game, hoping/wishing for a play they did get at the end of the game.
“I can care less what Jerry has to say. When we play those guys again, it will be a little different outcome.”
And that is as surprising a declaration as saying they did not, in fact, cheat.