They were the ones where quarterback Eli Manning took a knee to run off the final seconds - the so-called victory formation.
The Giants finally finished a game the way their coach had always envisioned, but rarely realized, during a frustrating 6-7 season.
But just as important was how they finished off the Dolphins. It took several key plays to get to victory formation, as well as a few anxious moments.
Eli Manning's 84-yard touchdown to a wide-open Odell Beckham Jr. in the fourth quarter broke a 24-24 tie early in the fourth quarter. From there, New York kept the ball away from Miami's offense.
''The way we just buckled down with the 4-minute runs, there was some real head-knocking in there at that point,'' Coughlin said. ''I thought that was a little bit of a step forward.''
Manning went 27-of-31 for 337 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions for a near-perfect passer rating of 151.5. Beckham had seven catch, 166 yards and two touchdowns - his sixth straight game with at least 100 yards receiving.
Now that the Giants have finally played a fourth quarter to Coughlin's satisfaction, the trick is to do it again.
This time, they'll go against the undefeated (13-0) Carolina Panthers.
''Anytime you have that kind of confidence, there will be a certain measure of accomplishment,'' Coughlin said. ''The question I'll have again is, `OK, we did this the other night. Do you realize how much we'll have to improve over that against an undefeated team?'''
NOTES: Coughlin said he has some concern about kicker Josh Brown, whose third-quarter miss from 49 yards marked his second in two games after hitting 19 straight from the start of the season. Brown was 1 for 2 on the night. ''We definitely need Josh to get back to the 19-in-a-row kind of thing,'' Coughlin said. ''Rather than be 1-for-2, the expectation is very high for Josh. We would expect it to be 2-for-2.''... Coughlin said left tackle Ereck Flowers was ''very effective'' while playing through a left ankle sprain that put him on crutches for part of the practice week. Flowers aggravated the sprain and came out of the game during the fourth quarter.