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Still debating the game-changing punt on fourth-and-half a yard

Tom Coughlin yells to a game official during

Tom Coughlin yells to a game official during the second half of a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. (Sept. 29, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

Anyone who disagrees with Tom Coughlin's decisions can take it up with him after school at the flagpole.

Coughlin said he dealt with Victor Cruz's second-guessing of his choice to punt the ball on fourth-and-1 in the third quarter Sunday by challenging the receiver. "I asked him if he wanted to fight," Coughlin said with a laugh.

Coughlin wouldn't reveal Cruz's response. "That's between he and I," he said. But suffice it to say, punches were not thrown between the 67-year-old Giants coach and the only offensive player who is producing so far.

"It was in good humor," Coughlin said.

Cruz didn't see the funny side of the decision Sunday. After the 31-7 loss to the Chiefs, he said he would have gone for it on fourth-and-1 -- about half a yard, to be exact. "We gotta take a risk at some point and make something happen," Cruz said Sunday.

But it was far from insubordination. He also said Coughlin is "the head honcho" and that Cruz's job is to "go out there and abide by his rules."

Coughlin was steadfast that he made the right call. "The ball is at the minus-30, it's the third quarter, it's 10-7 and we had little or no success with our short yardage, we're 0-for-2 for the year," he said. "I'm not going to get into that."

Of course, it might not have become such a lightning-rod moment had the Chiefs not returned the punt 89 yards for a touchdown.

As for the attention Cruz's remarks received, Coughlin was as surprised as Cruz must have been when he was called out by his head coach.

"I don't understand why you guys would make so much out of something like that," he said to the media. "It's kind of comical."

At 0-4, the Giants probably could use a good chuckle.

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