You could say Tom Coughlin was bowled over by his New York Giants players 29-14 victory over the New York Jets—literally bowled over.
In the waning minutes of a wild fourth quarter, the Giants head coach was taken out by his own running back D.J. Ware after the Giant player was pushed out of bounds into the Giants side of the field at the end of a long run.
The play was reminiscent of the one which took out New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton at the beginning of the season and had him calling shots in a cast from a stadium booth for a few weeks.
Coughlin looked shaken as his assistant coaches ran over to help him but the tough-as-nails coach knew this game was important and shook off the helping hands.
Both teams were playing to keep their playoff hopes alive along with bragging rights to MetLife Stadium. Coughlin might have been playing for his job as well.
So there was no way Coughlin was going to let being steamrolled by a 230-pound man keep Old Iron Britches from the sidelines—especially when the Jets were making the game interesting after the Giants seemed to have put the game away.
A lackluster first 28 minutes of play by the Giants (8-7) was whisked away by a 99-yard catch and run touchdown by Victor Cruz to give the Giants a 10-7 halftime lead.
Cruz tied an NFL record with the 11-yard catch and the ensuing 88-yard sprint and became only the 13th player ever to go 99 yards with a reception.
Eli Manning's new favorite target also broke the Giants single-season record for receiving yards with a 36-yard catch in the third quarter.
The great TD catch inspired the Giants as they headed to the locker room at half-time and it carried over into the second half.
A late safety and touchdown run by Ahmad Bradshaw sealed the victory for the G-men.
There was no word on how serious Coughlin was hurt, but a Dallas Cowboys loss might help ease the pain.
Somewhere though, Tiki Barber must be smiling.