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Monday, December 22, 2008
Coughlin mum on plans for Vikings

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Looks like New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin isn't tipping his hand about his intentions for Sunday's regular-season finale at the Metrodome.

The Giants have clinched the NFC's No. 1 seed in the playoffs and have nothing quantifiable to gain from a victory over the Vikings. But if he plans to rest or limit any of his starters, Coughlin wasn't saying so on Monday.

Here's what Coughlin said about the topic, according to giants.com:

"I disagree with the idea that you have nothing to gain. There is a lot to be gained. If you believe, as we do, that you have to be playing your best football at this time of the year, you certainly do have some things to build on, and particularly when you are not going to play for a couple of weeks. I am taking all that into consideration and I am not going to answer any further questions about that stuff, because quite frankly I haven't had a chance to sit and talk with the various medical people or the coordinators or anyone in terms of our approach to this game."

Even so, it would be surprising to see all of the Giants' starters play the entire game Sunday. Yes, Coughlin did exactly that in the 2007 regular-season finale against New England. But those were different circumstances. Among other things, the Giants knew they wouldn't have a first-round bye last year and thus didn't want to disrupt their weekly routine.