EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom Coughlin has won two Super Bowls with the Giants and coached in the NFL for 17 seasons.
Yet losing a game in heartbreaking fashion, as his team did to the Eagles last Sunday night, still stings -- badly.
"Losing, it kills you," Coughlin told the team's official website, adding that "it's 10 times more difficult" to move on from that type of defeat.
"You just think, particularly based on our experiences, that when we're in that position, we're going to win," he said. "We had a minute and something left. We're going to win the game. Now, to be honest with you, we always have our timeouts preserved and if we had one timeout in our pocket, I believe we're going to win the game."
The Giants looked like they were going to beat the Eagles in the final minute. They had the ball on the Philadelphia 26 with 25 seconds remaining. But on second down, with no timeouts left, Coughlin elected to gamble -- instead of being conservative -- and got burned. Eli Manning threw a deep ball down the sideline to Ramses Barden, who was called for offensive pass interference. So, instead of kicking what would've been a 44-yard field goal, Lawrence Tynes was forced to drill one from 54 yards out, and he came up short.
The Giants (2-2) fell 19-17 and are already 0-2 in the NFC East.
"The losses are much more difficult to get over the further you are in your career. They're killers," Coughlin said. "You don't sleep. I went on that couch right there at 3 o'clock in the morning and I could not get to sleep because, to be honest with you, I kept going over, over and over saying, 'How could I have helped our team when it was 15 seconds left?' Of course, I've got all the scenarios the next morning. Sure, it's easy. But who's telling you a 44-yarder is an easy field goal? We had made two yards on a run and they know we're throwing the ball."