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Coughlin still befuddled by officiating

Deon Grant signals no touchdown after the Giants

Deon Grant signals no touchdown after the Giants defense stopped the Bears in the 4th quarter. (Aug. 22, 2011) Credit: David Pokress

The Giants won on Sunday, so their disapproval of the officiating in the playoff game against the Packers was reduced to a smolder instead of a conflagration. But it was not entirely extinguished.

Tom Coughlin said he doubts that he’ll get an explanation from the NFL on referee Bill Leavy’s decision not only to rule Greg Jennings down by contact before he fumbled after a hit by Deon Grant, but to confirm the call on replay. Coughlin, who came out of the regular season loss to the Packers with a photo he thought proved that TE Jake Ballard was in bounds on a touchdown catch that was ruled out, hinted that he may have similar evidence this time.

“There is,” he said when asked if there was anything on film that made the call clearer, “but I won’t go into it.”

Coughlin did address the penalty against Osi Umenyiora in the fourth quarter when he was flagged for a “blow to the head” of Aaron Rodgers. He said he had “no idea” why that was a penalty.

“It was an aggressive football play,” Coughlin said. “The quarterback is following through as he releases the ball. The hit is from the side, there’s not helmet involved, it’s from shoulders to waist. We’ll coach that one forever.”

The flag came in late and Rodgers lying on the ground for an extra moment may have helped draw the penalty. Coughlin would not call it a flop by Rodgers, but did agree that the flag came in late.

I'm not going to say it was a flop either, but I wouldnt be surprised if there were some smelling salts in that flag by the way Rodgers popped up as soon as it hit the turf.

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