Game Notes

Sunday afternoon the Giants faxed the Patriots asking for permission to speak to both of their coordinators – Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weis. Sunday evening Giants brass fired off a fax to St. Louis requesting a powwow with defensive coordinator Lovie Smith. The Giants plan to meet with all three this week since both clubs have a bye before beginning postseason play. <BR><BR>

* With the loss, Big Blue absolutely helped its draft position. New York will have the fourth overall selection in the 2004 Draft. That's the highest the Giants have chosen in the opening round since they took LB Carl Banks with the third pick in 1984.

* Michael Strahan had one sack in the game, and finished his campaign with a league-leading 18.

* Brian Mitchell has been unable to generate any excitement at all in the return game this season. However, he did get the crowd riled up when Fassel inserted him at QB in the second half. Mitchell did not throw a pass but gained 19 yards on three rushes.

* Jim Fassel was asked how he'd like to be remembered. His response: "Maybe that it's a better place than when I came in."

* Strahan, for one, seemed certain that Keith Hamilton had played his last NFL game. "That's like my brother leaving," he said. "That's like losing a brother."

* Jeff Hatch left the game in the first half with a concussion and did not return. He was replaced at right tackle by Jeff Roehl, who played very well against Julius Peppers. William Joseph also left the game with a foot injury. Kudos to anyone that noticed.

* New York's inactives for the season finale were: QB Kerry Collins, CB Kato Serwanga, RB Ron Dayne, OT Mike Saffer, TE Jeremy Shockey, TE Marcellus Rivers, WR Ike Hilliard and DE Frank Ferrara.

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