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Pressure remains high on vindicated Coughlin

After weathering an early season firestorm, Tom Coughlin has the Giants riding high. But a loss to Dallas would severely hinder their chances of winning the NFC East, writes John Clayton.

Originally Published: November 8, 2007
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin appeared to be a goner when the season started.

An 0-2 start, including a 45-35 loss in the opener to the Cowboys, brought gloom and doom upon the franchise. The defense was defenseless. Quarterback Eli Manning had what was reported as a shoulder separation. Defensive end Osi Umenyiora was hurt. Wide receiver Plaxico Burress was playing hurt.

The Giants appeared to be set for a losing season and Coughlin, who had changed his ...

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