Tom Coughlin challenges Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Forget about the playoff scenarios and what has to happen for the New York Giants to sneak into the playoffs.

Tom Coughlin wants to see the defending world champions "resurrect a little bit of pride."

"That is what I talked to our team [about] this morning -- pride, honor, dignity, play the game that we are capable of playing," a stern Coughlin said Wednesday. "Finish the season with a game we can all be proud of."

When asked whether he is proud of the season the Giants (8-7) have had, Coughlin said he can't shake the past two losses to Atlanta and Baltimore after seeing the Giants lose by a combined 67-14.

"Will I be proud of the season?" Coughlin asked. "Right now, I have a short memory and I've got these two games [on my mind]. I am proud of the individuals. I am not proud of what's been accomplished."

Defensive end Justin Tuck said it will be easy to see whether the Giants display the pride Coughlin wants to see on Sunday.

"For me, personally, it's time out from talking about what we're going to do," Tuck said. "It's about doing. Last year, I think we had a great mix of talking and doing. This year, I think we've talked a little bit in situations too much.

"It will be so easy to see –- our pride will be on showcase on Sunday," the defensive captain added. "It will be easy for you to tell, it will be easy for anyone to tell if it's there or not."

After throwing control of their playoff fate away by getting crushed on the road by the Falcons and Ravens, the Giants have to beat Philadelphia on Sunday at home and need losses by Dallas, Chicago and Minnesota to make the playoffs.

In the past two losses, the Giants squandered control of the NFC East and a wild-card berth. It is not the way Coughlin envisioned his team defending its title.

Coughlin just wants to see his team show some life. After dropping 52 points against New Orleans, the Giants' offense and defense have vanished during the two-game slide.

"It's all three phases playing well together; you have a couple of phases that are not doing their jobs right now," Coughlin said. "And they have to if we are going to resurrect a little bit of pride here in the last game."

Coughlin expects his players to respond and that his plea will not fall on deaf ears.

"They are a group of outstanding character people that listen to what is said, and I think it does strike them," Coughlin said. "No one wants to finish the season like we have the last couple of games. I am sure that will resonate a little interest on their part."

Safety Antrel Rolle said Wednesday afternoon the Giants are hoping to look more like defending champs, rather than "chumps."

"We're going to find a lot about a lot of guys in this locker room based off this game," Rolle said. "I think we're going to speak a lot of volume for the kind of caliber guys we have in this locker room.

"You know (a win) will make us feel better about that day, understand that, you know, we didn't go out like chumps. We're fighters and at least we'll have a fighting chance at that point."