Fox play-by-play announcer Dick Stockton made the most prophetic statement of the entire telecast when he said, “Learning how to win is mission No. 1 for this team.”
The most flagged team in the NFL, the Lions committed 11 penalties. “Just mistakes, just costly mistakes at bad times,” defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch said.
Rookie Justin Pierre-Paul and veteran Barry Cofield supplied two of the hardest hits for the Giants yesterday, then sounded almost apologetic when asked about them.
“We’re not happy with (people saying), ‘Oh, they’re better than last year … nobody expected them to play this well,’ ” receiver Nate Burleson said. “We’ve heard that too many times already this season. We’re walking into stadiums, whether it’s home or away, to win.”
He may not have said the word to his team, but you can bet coach Tom Cough lin was thinking it yester day. His Giants were trail ing, leading, in control and on the brink of real trouble against the lowly Lions, who are better they have been, but had no busi ness threatening to leave New Meadowlands Sta dium with the rarest of road victories.
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