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Super Bowl Post Game Quotes – Tom Coughlin

Burress catches the game-winner

“The best part of it for me is the idea that this group of young men, who came together and believed in themselves, bought the team concept completely, took the names off the back of the jerseys, checked the egos at the door. The reinforcement for team is the greatest source of satisfaction for me. I told the players last night – and I had stayed away from any personal refrain because I didn’t think it was proper timing, but last night it was. I told them about my experience in 1990, when you realize that you are the World Champion, other than your family and your children and those type of things professionally, there is no comparison to the feeling. You could walk around six feet high and it would be appropriate, for our players. When you stop and think about Michael Strahan, when you stop and think about Jeff Feagles, Jeff in his 20th year and only six times in the playoffs. You start to think about all our veteran guys who now are World Champions and are experiencing that feeling for the first time, reinforcing the concept of team, that’s the greatest thing for me.”

(on final TD drive) “It was an amazing drive in that we’d make a first down and then we’d stall for a few plays. And then we’d make another one and obviously I’m trying to conserve my timeouts. But there’s a couple situations I can’t – a sack the clock would have run forever and you’ve got to use them, now we have no timeouts. But before I say anything about that, the escape by Eli and the throw that is caught by David Tyree, that ball was challenged. That wasn’t like he just jumped up in the air and caught the ball. That was challenged, you had two people, ripping for the ball and he brings it down. That might be one of the great plays of all time in the Super Bowl.”

“And then when you’re out of timeouts and Steve Smith’s tight in was a big one, getting that first down was a big one there. And then they came with the blitz, which we knew would come eventually, and he went on the fade to Plaxico. I couldn’t tell if he was in or out. I didn’t know where the ball was until the reaction of the crowd. It was amazing to me, and I looked and I said, ‘Holy cow there’s still 35 seconds left here.’”

(on his team’s resilience) “That was the best example of all because our defense played so well. I mean so well. And the Patriots are a great football team and a great offensive team, and their defensive team and their special teams, their leadership. Any time you have a team that’s 18-0, stop and think about that, in this league. That’s just an incredible accomplishment for them. But our team, we’ve been building momentum and building momentum. If you’re going to have a chance to win, you’re going to have to play great defense, and we certainly did really throughout the entire playoffs and certainly tonight was a great example of it. It was a tremendous team effort all the way around, all the way through the playoffs, and just a wonderful way to end this thing.”

“Every team is beatable, you never know. The right moment, the right time, every team is beatable. That’s why it’s so difficult and you have to guard against so many different things, emotions, etc., etc. There’s no taking anything away from them now.”

“I thought that our preparation was good and I also thought that we had so many young guys who were hyped up about playing in this thing. But we talked an awful lot in the last couple days about controlled emotion, and quite frankly, we did do a couple of dumb things in the first half. But fortunately we practiced well. You never have enough time, I don’t care whether you have two weeks or whatever, you’re always saying to yourself, ‘gosh I wish I had a little bit more time, I wish I had time for this or that. But we were prepared and we were excited about playing and these guys have had great energy, right down through the stretch from the time we played the Patriots in week 17. We just bridged right into the playoffs and were refreshed and renewed and I give an awful lot of credit to our team, to our leaders, to the guys who make the difference all year long. And I’m really happy for our veteran players to get the win.”

(on how Eli Manning played) “He played super. He did the things in the second half, the fourth quarter, that you have to do to win the Super Bowl. He brought us down the field, he got the ball in the end zone twice, you’d have to throw the script away. We had three time outs, we’re sitting there in the green zone with no timeouts. So you know you’ve got to make a play and you’ve got to make a play to the end zone. So he played very, very well and very cool very calm.”

(on winning streak on the road) “That was a record in the National Football League, to win 11 straight road games. But more than that, it’s the way in which we went about our work. The road signified for us, the coming together of team – the only people that cared about us were the guys standing there on our sideline. So we rode that emotion all the way through.”

(on what he said to Cory Webster after late Patriots TV) “I didn’t say anything to Cory. He’s played so well down the stretch. It looked as is he might have slipped, or got pushed and slipped, but that was one play. He’s played very, very well down the stretch.”

(on Plaxico Burress playing hurt) “It bothered him, and I could see it on his face. But fortunately game day came along and he set himself again and decided what he was going to go out and do, and he did it. The catch at the end there, he and Eli (Manning) have done that many times now. In a young career by Eli, they’ve done that many times.”

(on winning the Super Bowl) “The New England Patriots are a great football team, they really are. We came in here and we knew what we had to do. We had to get after the quarterback, and the response we got out of our team was unbelievable. These guys play with great heart. They’re tough-minded. They never say die. They just keep coming. It wasn’t all pretty out there tonight, now. We had to battle hard to get this thing. But I told them last night, ‘Other than family, the greatest feeling in the world is when all of a sudden you realize you’re the World champion.’”

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