"I can't control what you write," Coughlin said Monday, the day after New York edged the Green Bay Packers 23-20 on Lawrence Tynes' 47-yard field goal in overtime.
"You sometimes write what you see, but you don't see what I see," he told reporters. "You could call it underestimating him, but we don't. We know what he's capable of, and he's just scratching the surface of it."
Take it from Peyton Manning: He's ready to get some advice from his kid brother.
The quarterbacks spoke Sunday night after Eli Manning led the New York Giants past Green Back 23-20 in the NFC championship game. Now the Giants are on a most improbable run to the Super Bowl, which Peyton won last year with the Indianapolis Colts.
"He said I'm past the point where he can give me advice anymore," Eli Manning said Monday, grinning while recalling his phone call with his older brother. "He wants it the other way now. I don't know if I agree with him, but it's great to hear it from him." More ...
"He said I'm past the point where he can give me advice anymore," Eli Manning said with a big grin. "He wants it the other way now. I don't know if I agree with him, but it's great to hear it from him. I'll take all the advice I can get."
Coughlin said the Giants have fed off their role as underdogs all season, particularly after a 0-2 start.
"Once you realize you're always the underdog, that mentality fits in with some of the things we believe in from an inspirational standpoint - having something to prove," Coughlin said. "We have something to prove every time we play because if there's 100 of you out there, 70 of you don't think we can win."
"It's not about proving anything to anybody," he said. "It's about doing it for yourself, doing it for your teammates."
Coughlin said Manning hasn't changed; he's just getting more credit now for doing what he has been doing all along.
"His temperament is so great: He stays out of the valley, and doesn't get up on the peak," Coughlin said. "He's mentally taking charge of everything. He's in a position where he leads his team to victory. He likes that spot."
In particular, Coughlin praised Manning for making passes when he has to, and staying away from interceptions and forced throws. Against Green Bay, Manning completed 21 of 40 passes for 254 yards, with no interceptions.
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