Wild Path For Coughlin, “Other Manning” To Glendale

How far would you go for frostbite?

Standing on the visitors sideline in the frigid NFC Championship contest between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers, Tom Coughlin looked like he was going to die.

Turning into a purple rose wearing a headset, Coughlin endured a wind chill of negative 24 degrees and parlayed that effort into another game against the New England Patriots. Some prize, huh?

The Giants head coach went through more emotions on the field than Taylor Swift sings about on her new album. Lawrence Tynes, a name Giants fans will never forget, put the visitor up by six early on with two clutch kicks only to see the home team take the lead on a magical Brett Favre to Donald Driver 90 yard hookup for the first touchdown of the game. Talk about the teardrops on his guitar – it looked like Coughlin and his team would fold under the pressure of a game too big for his wobbly quarterback and uneven secondary.

Instead, in this unusual football season, the 2008 version of Eli Manning grabbed more hearts than the fictional character with the same first name in the Three Dog Night classic. Moving with more precision than his Citizen Eco-Drive watch, Manning actually looked unstoppable against the putrid Packer defense. Outplaying Favre in his own stadium, Manning put his team in a position to win the NFC title.

Tynes tried his best to lose it.

Missing two kicks that would’ve put the Giants in the lead or on a plane to University of Phoenix Stadium in two weeks, Tynes missed two field goals and kept a glimmer of hope alive for Green Bay as the championship game went into a fifth period. It felt like Coughlin’s dream run to Arizona would expire thanks to a kicker.

It’s a good thing for Giants fans that Favre tried to act like a hero in overtime. Tossing a ridiculous interception to Corey Webster on the second play of the extra period, New York needed Tynes to reverse his own curse and nail a 47 yard field goal to win it for the underdogs.

According to the telecast on Fox, no kicker had ever made a kick over 40 yards in the postseason at Lambeau Field – except for Larry Tynes.

After the confetti and champagne become an image on a digital camera, reality sets in. Can the 14 point underdog Giants knock off a Patriots team without a loss in 18 games?

Follow the pattern.

New York lost to Dallas and Green Bay in the regular season and beat both clubs in the playoffs.

Can they do it again?

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3 Responses

  1. Who’s Taylor Swift?

  2. I think he plays QB for Georgia Tech

  3. As a far-away (Europe) Packers fan, I am always looking for new sites with Green Bay information.

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