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NEW YORK (Feb. 8, 2012) – Giants head coach Tom Coughlin joins via satellite to discuss his team’s Super Bowl XLVI victory on tonight’s season finale of INSIDE THE NFL. In addition, journalist Jason Whitlock returns to the set to give his take on the post-Super Bowl conversation.
The season finale of INSIDE THE NFL premiered, Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
INSIDE THE NFL, now in its 33rd season, airs every Wednesday night through the NFL season on SHOWTIME for a total of 23 episodes, with multiple replays each week on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME EXTREME® and availability on SHOWTIME On Demand.
INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus and NFL Films President Steve Sabol. Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.
Following are excerpts from this week’s episode:
On whether or not he gave specific instructions to Ahmad Bradshaw to score a touchdown in the final minute of Super Bowl XLVI…
COUGHLIN: There was no instruction from me telling him not to score.
On the Patriots making the mistake of lining their defense up with 12 men and less than a minute left on the play clock…
Simms: Now I’ll never forget this, when we’re out in a walk thru on a Saturday (at Super Bowl XXI) and we’re going forever and I’m (saying) to Coach Parcells, ‘Why are we doing this so long? I mean everybody knows how to line up.’ And he says, ‘Hey, Simms, remember this. These owners, they don’t know everything about football, but they can count to 11.’ So when you make that mistake, too many men on the field, that is a huge mistake. And if you made me pick one play that was the difference in the game, it would be that.
On the Giants winning Super Bowl XLVI and what the victory meant to the league…
Whitlock: That Giants victory, to me, was the most significant victory since Joe Namath and Super Bowl III, in terms of its impact on the league. I think that Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, all had a little bit of damage done to their legacies because of the way Eli and the Giants won this game, the way Eli played down at the end of the stretch. I think Eli now has the right to claim that he is as good a quarterback, if not better, than his brother. And I think the way Brady played, it took a little shine off of him being compared to Joe Montana. And I think that for Belichick, it gives his critics an opportunity to go back and talk about Spygate and he hasn’t won a Super Bowl since then.