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“It was very passionate,” defensive captain Justin Tuck said. “We could have come out and played at that point, we were so excited. It was hard sleep after a speech like that. I don’t know what it is about Coach Coughlin, but his Super Bowl speeches, I give them a 10. They got me ready to play. I know he looks dull at times, but he is a fiery guy. You could tell it was from the heart.”

Coughlin not only motivated his team, he probably outcoached Bill Belichick.

The Giants outgained the Patriots 396-349, and held the ball more than 37 minutes. Once again, New York won the turnover battle 1-0, giving them a 12-2 advantage in their six-game winning streak.

Coordinator Kevin Gilbride’s offense probably should have put up more points and Perry Fewell’s‘ defense kept the Patriots off the scoreboard for the final 26:20.

“It can’t get much better,” Giants chief executive John Mara said. “To have it happen one time, the way it did four years ago, was pretty incredible. To have it happen twice is hard to put into words.”

Coughlin laughed when asked about being a candidate for the Hall of Fame, but it’s obvious his recent accomplishments have put him on the hall’s radar.

He downplayed matching ParcellsSuper Bowl win total.

“I’m very thankful and very grateful for the opportunity that I’ve had as a head coach of the New York Giants,” Coughlin said. “The wonderful players that I have worked with, the coaches that have surrounded us and the support from ownership, that’s what this is all about.”

And there is no doubt Coughlin will have that ownership support for as long as he wants.