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Osi goes beyond the pitch count

Kevin Kolb #4 of the Arizona Cardinals looks

Kevin Kolb #4 of the Arizona Cardinals looks to pass as Osi Umenyiora #72 of the New York Giants attempts to knock the ball away. (Oct. 2, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Tom Coughlin said Osi Umenyiora played a few more snaps than planned. Luckily.

The Giants went into the game hoping to limit the defensive end to between 25 and 35 plays in his first game action of the season and first since returning from mid-August knee surgery. He actually played 39 of them, but few more important than his sack of Kevin Kolb on a second-and-1 from the Giants’ 29 when the Cardinals were poised to take back the lead late in the fourth quarter.

“As you can imagine the game was tight in the fourth quarter and he wanted to go, he wanted to get in there,” Coughlin said. “He was able to lobby out a few more and rightfully so. Thank God he’s like he is because that big sack was huge in knocking them back out of there.”

That sack sent the Cardinals back 10 yards, and after a pass to Todd Heap (who was tackled by Antrel Rolle for a gain of 9 on third-and-11), the Cards turned the ball over on downs with a pass broken up by Corey Webster with 51 seconds remaining.

As for Umenyiora’s knee, Coughlin said it “seemed to come out well.”

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