Coughlin praises replacements on O-line

Tom Coughlin’s always looking for examples of perseverance to pass along to his players.

On Sunday, he found two on the Giants offensive line.

Both Mitch Petrus and Kevin Boothe were pressed into service about two hours before kickoff on Sunday when David Baas was ruled out with headaches.

And both men responded well, helping the Giants run for 100 yards on 20 carries. It was the first time the Giants had ran for 100 or more since their Week 9 win in New England.

Petrus didn’t think he was going to dress when he came to the stadium. But with Baas out, he was forced to start at left guard.

Boothe was originally slated to start at left guard, but instead replaced Baas at center.

Coughlin went out of his way to praise both linemen on Monday.

“It happens all of the time at our level. But for once it’s probably a good idea to recognize the way guys go about their business under pressure when changes needs to be made,” he said.

Boothe has started games at left guard, center and right guard this season.

“Whatever you want him to do, he’s done it. With five minutes notice, with no notice. He just goes and plays,” Coughlin said.

Petrus, a second-year lineman, made his first start on Sunday.

“I liked his attitude and the way he went about it,” Coughlin said. “He just went to work and trusted himself and trusted his preparation.”

Boothe, Petrus and the rest of the line did a fairly good job protecting Eli Manning.

Manning was hit just three times - - once on a forced fumble by Clay Matthews.

Manning credited Petrus for playing with poise on Sunday.

Petrus may be pressed into action on Sunday in Dallas as well.

Coughlin said Baas is undergoing tests to determine the cause and severity of headaches.

"Hopefully it can be gotten under control," he said.