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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Super Bowl 'countdown clock' is no more

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Super Bowl 'countdown clock' that New York Giants' GM Jerry Reese hung in the team's locker room on the first day of training camp when he said everybody in the organization was "on notice" appears to have been taken down.

Not actually a "clock," but rather a piece of paper that was changed every day to reflect the number of days remaining until the Super Bowl was to be played in the stadium across the parking lot, it was not on the bulletin board Wednesday morning when reporters walked past the locker room on the way to practice. The Giants were eliminated from postseason contention with their loss Sunday to the Chargers in San Diego, so the number of days left until this year's Super Bowl is no longer a relevant piece of information for them unless they're planning on going and sitting in the stands.

The Giants lost their first six games of this season, eradicating realistic chances of making the postseason. But the mediocre state of the NFC East allowed them to stay mathematically alive while winning five of their next six. But their loss Sunday, coupled with victories by the Eagles, Cardinals and 49ers, assured that they cannot qualify for this year's playoffs. Giants coach Tom Coughlin, already grumpy Wednesday morning after answering questions about whether younger players will get playing time the rest of the way so the team can evaluate them for the future, was asked whether he planned to remove the clock.

"I don't know," Coughlin said. "I didn't put it up, so I'm not taking it down."