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Coughlin calls a fake punt? Really?

Fans react as New York Giants' Da'Rel Scott

Fans react as New York Giants' Da'Rel Scott (34) runs away from Chicago Bears for a touchdown during the fourth quarter. (Aug. 22, 2011) Credit: AP

Yes. Tom Coughlin called a fake punt. Early in the fourth quarter, the Giants unleashed their most surprising play of the preseason. And it worked, with Da’Rel Scott taking the short snap around the right side and 65 yards for a touchdown.

“We practiced it and we were ready to use it,” Coughlin said. “It’s always good to get something on film in the preseason. You’d have to go back a ways to find me fake a punt, but I’m glad we did.”

When was the last time? “1971 or something like that,” Coughlin said. And he probably wasn’t kidding.

Scott, who flashed his burning speed on a 97-yard touchdown run against the Bears last week, said he promised Coughlin that the play would work.

“I could tell in the meetings that he didn’t want to do it,” Scott said. “But I told him that I’ll make something happen. They trusted me and somebody pointed out that we could seal them off so I told him ‘Let’s do it’ and it worked out.”

Derrick Martin, who scored the game-winning touchdown later on a fumble recover, set the sealing clock, Scott said.

“It was wide open,” the seventh-round pick added. “You could tell they had no clue … Before the ball was snapped I knew it was going to be a big play. I could tell. They were inside and I knew I was going to make a big play.”

It was the second big play of the preseason for him. Is that enough to make the 53?

“I feel like I definitely helped myself out a little bit,” Scott said, “but we’ll see on Saturday.”



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