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Coughlin has been challenge-challenged lately

Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York

Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants holds the red challenge flag as he coaches against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Dec. 4, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

Tom Coughlin is on a losing streak, and it has nothing to do with the last four games.

Once considered among the most shrewd head coaches in terms of challenging calls, Coughlin has lost the last six times he has yanked out his red flag. Two of those came Sunday against the Packers, and while Coughlin still insists that one of them should have been overturned – Jake Ballard’s near-touchdown catch – he admitted to being overzealous on the other.

“I was upset, I really was, because it was third-and-three,” he said of challenging a catch by Donald Driver along the sideline that converted a first down. “I really shouldn’t have challenged. It was right on our sideline, but it was a third-and-three and I was very much aware of where the ball was going, where it was headed and if there was any way that could have been turned around …”

Coughlin won his first three challenges this season, improving his career record to 43-41, but the six straight losses have dropped him to 43-47 overall and 33-38 with the Giants.

“I’ve been overly aggressive with those calls, not waiting for any kind of advice from upstairs,” Coughlin said. “It seems like we’ve had a series of things that have not been clear -- and even when the pictures are there not been really clear -- that I’ve gone ahead and challenged anyway. I’ve done so for a number of reasons.”

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