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League will look into the last 10 seconds ... after the storm


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 05: The Clock Tower, known as Big Ben, at Parliament is covered with snow on February 5, 2012 in London, England. The United Kingdom is experiencing heavy snowfall with many areas affected. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) Credit: Getty/Peter Macdiarmid

Tom Coughlin is still ticked at the tocks.

The Giants coach was once again wondering aloud – this time with a little more of an accusatory tone – how the Cowboys managed to squeeze three offensive plays into the final 10 seconds of play in Sunday’s game at Cowboys Stadium.

“As I mentioned (Sunday), the longest 10 seconds I’ve ever been around,” Coughlin said Monday in a conference call. “Three plays in 10 seconds, two of which went to the end zone, seems a little much to me. We’ll have to see if we can get some kind of response from the league on that.”

A league spokesman said the NFL was not aware of any issues with the clock operation as of Monday morning. League offices were closed Monday and Tuesday due to the storm, but “Carl Johnson and his crew will review it as soon as they can and get back to the Giants.”

After Dez Bryant’s near-touchdown, the Cowboys had 10 seconds left in the game. Tony Romo completed a 10-yard pass to Jason Witten that took four seconds, then threw an incompletion on a slant to Miles Austin from the 27 that took five seconds. That left them with one second and a final chance to win the game. Romo’s pass was thrown out of the back of the end zone.

The Giants were in a similar situation in Philadelphia earlier this year and chose to attempt a 54-yard field goal with seven seconds left rather than chance another offensive snap to get closer.

“Based on the way in which that was projected (Sunday) night, we could have had two plays (against the Eagles),” Coughlin sniffed.

So, is Coughlin suggesting that the Cowboys manipulated the game clock to give themselves an extra snap?

“You were at the game, you saw it,” he told reporters on the conference call. “I mean, two plays into the end zone are going to take more than four seconds a piece. I just don’t have anything for you other than that. You have to speculate on the rest of that.”


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