Expect the same this week, even though many believe that the risks of injury outweighed anything that might be gained going all out.
"There is a lot to be gained," Coughlin said. "If you believe as we do that you have to be playing your best football at this time of year, we certainly do have some things to build on, in particular when you are not going to be playing for a couple of weeks. I am taking that all into consideration."
Coughlin plans to talk with his coordinators and medical people before deciding what players -- if any -- will sit.
Cornerback Aaron Ross probably heads the list. He was hospitalized overnight after sustaining a concussion and experiencing blurriness on Sunday night.
Coughlin also has several players who have been battling injuries for weeks.
Halfback Brandon Jacobs, who returned to the lineup on Sunday after missing the previous game, has been bothered by an injured left knee since early in the season. Defensive end Justin Tuck has had a lower leg injury for two weeks and defensive tackle Fred Robbins has had a shoulder problem for about a month.
Coughlin said none of his injured players appeared to aggravate their problems on Sunday.
After the game, several starters talked as if they expected to get a rest this weekend.
"I don't see how there can be any week off," Coughlin said. "The week off comes after the last game."
Coughlin said he plans to talk to his leadership council about the rest issue this week.
"Our basic philosophy is that we want to win every game and that's where our mentality should be," Coughlin said. "We will be smart about any advice we get from our medical people."
Coughlin said the win over Carolina reminded him of last year's victory over Buffalo in the next to last game last season. New York needed to win that game to qualify for the playoffs, but the prospects appeared to be slim after the team played poorly the week before in a loss to Washington.
Coughlin said he was not overly concerned about his team this past weekend despite consecutive losses to Philadelphia and Dallas in the previous two weeks. He said the Giants had no pressure to win those games.
The pressure was back against Carolina.
"It was what was coming up that was the most important and I had every confidence that our players would rally around that fact," Coughlin said. "We had basically done the same thing a year ago when we had to win a game and I was very confident that our guys would rise up with the leadership that we have and make a great effort."
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