New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin has taken responsibility for allowing the Dallas Cowboys to have the game-winning drive in their encounter last night.
The Giants were leading the game by three points just after the two-minute warning, when Coughlin decided he wanted his quarterback, Eli Manning, to pass the ball on a third-and-goal from the one-yard line.
This pass fell incomplete, and the Giants lost the game 27-26. Rather than blaming his offense for being incapable of closing the game out in the post-match interviews, he pinned the blame on himself.
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He said according to NFL.com: "It's my fault at the end of the game. There's nobody else to blame but me. I take full responsibility for it because the strategy was wrong at the end."
Manning also admitted that he made the wrong decision at the time as well. He said: "I gotta know that (to take a sack), 100 percent. I gotta know that. I gotta know the circumstance and just don't take a chance and take that sack and go into the next one; get a field goal and leave just a little bit of time left on the clock."
The simple factor is the Giants should have run the ball or at least taken the sack to allow the clock to continue counting down to zero. This would have meant when the Cowboys retained possession, they would have very little time as possible to try and go down the field to score.
This could turn out to be a costly mistake for the Giants, as the Cowboys' win means they have the advantage over them in the division. Time management must be sorted out before they play their week two match against the Atlanta Falcons next weekend.