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Giants see close-call loss a 'momentum builder' for playoffs

The Giants blew a 12-point fourth-quarter lead in the Week 17 loss to the Patriots, but they think they have discovered the formula to make a deep playoff run.

Originally Published: January 1, 2008
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

As a veteran head coach with an old-school philosophy, Tom Coughlin knows there is no such thing as a moral victory in the NFL.

But in the wake of the New York Giants' admirable effort against the New England Patriots on Saturday night, it might have been impossible to convince Coughlin or his players that their effort in a 38-35 defeat represented anything but a positive.

Thanks to a furious New England fourth-quarter rally led by quarterback Tom Brady, the Giants lost ...

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