Christie honored

Steve Christie sure displayed some staying power and mental toughness. <BR><BR>

A week ago, Tom Coughlin was wondering if he should bring in another kicker after Steve Christie missed three field goal attempts in Green Bay. Turns out Coughlin made a good decision in sticking with what he had. Christie kicked four field goals in the Giants' 26-10 victory in Dallas and was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

It is Christie's eighth career Player of the Week award and his first since Week 10 of the 2000 season, when he was with the Buffalo Bills.

Christie scored 14 points in the victory at Dallas, which extended the Giants' winning streak to four games and enabled them to enter the bye week with a 4-1 record. He opened the scoring with a 31-yarder, then kicked a 51-yard field goal just two seconds before halftime to cut the Giants' deficit to 10-6. After the Giants took a 13-10 lead, Christie put them in a commanding position by kicking fourth-quarter field goals from 47 and 26 yards.

"It's always nice to get the (Player of the Week award), but there's still plenty of season left," Christie said. "I can't get too carried away with it. Not to sound blase about it, but there's still a lot of season left and a lot of work to do."

Christie is certainly happier about his performance against the Cowboys than he was with the way he played in Lambeau Field. Against the Packers, he missed all three of his field goal attempts, including relatively short tries from 30 and 33 yards that would have virtually put the game out of reach in the fourth period. Despite the misses, the Giants won, 14-7.

After the Dallas game, Coughlin said he stuck with Christie because of his veteran status, which warranted giving the kicker another chance. The fact that the Giants won the game also swayed Coughlin's thinking.

"I was pretty happy about it," Christie said of his play in Dallas. "But you don't get too carried away, either way. You don't get too down and you don't get too high. There are a lot of games left and you have to keep working. Especially during the bye week, you don't want to let up."

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