Coughlin: Giants 'could have knelt on ball' and had better chance to win

Monday December 1st, 2014

On the heels of the New York Giants' 25-24 road loss to Jacksonville, coach Tom Coughlin expressed frustration that his team didn't hold on to a 21-point lead, according to Jordan Raanan of

New York led 21-3 at the end of the first half, but Jacksonville capitalized on two second-half turnovers to mount the franchise's biggest-ever comeback, ending its own four-game losing streak and extending the Giants' winless streak to seven games.

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"We've talked about this and we've talked about turnovers. Two turnovers for touchdowns?" Coughlin said. "We could have knelt on the ball in the second half and had a better chance to win."

The Jaguars earned 258 total yards of offense, 55 of which came on an 11-play drive that ended with a 43-yard field goal to seal the victory will 28 seconds remaining. Jacksonville's game-winning kick ended a second half marred by injuries to two New York right tackles and a fumble by tight end Larry Donnell.

"A very disappointing, discouraging [loss], all of the above for us," Coughlin said. "We came down here feeling like we could win. Thought we prepared well. And nothing happens on game day."

"It's a long game. Sixty minutes. That's is why it's that. You have to play four quarters. We're playing two, maybe three sometimes."

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Despite seven catches for 90 yards from Odell Beckham Jr. and two touchdowns and 91 yards on 26 carries from Rashad Jennings, the Giants' loss moved them to 3-9, tied with Washington for last in the NFC East.

Jacksonville improved to 2-10 on the season and will face the Houston Texans at home next week. New York travels to Tennessee to play the Titans on Dec. 7.

- Christopher Woody

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