Green blows top, loses cool

<b>EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -</b> We're still waiting for all this discipline that Tom Coughlin was brought to New York to instill. In the middle of the fourth quarter, LB Barrett Green, who's already been in and out of Coughlin's doghouse, was ejected from the contest for throwing a punch at Eagles LB Jeremiah Trotter.

Trotter, you'll recall, was the cheap-shot artist that knocked the doors off defenseless Giants punter Jeff Feagles on opening day. So when he hit Eli Manning out of a bounds at the Giants sideline, you knew words would be passed.

First Jim Finn gave Trotter a little shove to express his discontent. "When it's your quarterback it brings it to a head a little more," Finn admitted of the Giants anger. "Whenever a guy takes a cheap shot on one of your players, especially when he's known to be dirty, it's not welcomed."

As Trotter bounded away from the Giants bench, Green got right up in his face and gave him a punch/elbow right to the chops.

Coughlin was obviously displeased with Green's lack of control.

"It wasn't a smart football play, not a smart football play," Coughlin said. "I think the altercation on the sideline was a dumb foul, I don't care what anybody says about that."

Likely least of all what Green has to say. The two have already butted heads multiple times since training camp, when Green was one of three players fined for not being early enough to a meeting. Then Coughlin removed him from the starting lineup after he showed up hours late to a bye-week meeting. By the time Green got back in Coughlin's good graces, he injured his knee and ankle against Minnesota on Oct. 31 and was inactive the last three games.

The only thing working in Green's favor at this point is that Nick Greisen, who filled in very well in Green's absence, sprained his ankle against the Falcons on Nov. 21 and missed the Eagles game.

Of course, Trotter believed that he shouldn't even have been penalized for the late hit in the first place.

"It was a legal hit," he said. "Everyone said that when they saw it on the big screen that it was a legal hit. I don't think I hit him late out of bounds."

Regardless, Green never should have hit Trotter and he still may have to face Coughlin's consequences as a result.

Game Notes
Four on the floor: The Giants lost their fourth game in a row, their fourth consecutive home game and their fourth straight game to the Eagles.

The Giants won four games in a row earlier this season. This is the first time they have had a four-game winning streak and a four-game losing streak in the same season since 1994, when a seven-game losing streak was followed by a season-ending six-game winning streak.

How sweep it is: The Giants and Eagles continued their tradition of series sweeps. In the 20 season series from 1985-2004, 18 have ended in sweeps. The teams split their season series in 1990 and 2002. The Giants swept in 1985, '86, '87, '93, '94, '97, '98, '99 and 2000 (plus a playoff game). Philadelphia won both games in 1988, '89, '91, '92, '95, '96, 2001, '03 and '04.

Blowout: The 21-point defeat was the Giants' largest at home since a 50-21 loss to Washington on Sept. 19, 1999.

No connection: The Giants completed only six passes, their lowest total since they had five completions in a 23-10 victory over Seattle on Oct. 25, 1992.

Tiki Watch: Tiki Barber rushed for 110 yards on 19 carries, his eighth 100-yard game of the season. That ties Joe Morris' single-season team record, set in 1986. It was Barber's 21st career 100-yard game, which extends the franchise record he set against the Falcons.

Barber, who now has 1,145 rushing yards this season, increased his career total to 6,554 rushing yards, just 343 yards behind Rodney Hampton's franchise-record total of 6,897.

Seeing red: The Giants wore red jerseys today for the first time since the 1953 season.

Before NFL games were televised, the Giants wore both blue jerseys and red jerseys. When games began to be televised with more frequency in the early 1950s, NFL Commissioner Bert Bell requested that all teams pick a solid color jersey and a white jersey. The Giants chose to wear blue jerseys, beginning with the 1954 season.

According to an NFL resolution regarding uniforms, a team is required to have a home uniform, a road uniform and a third uniform, the guidelines of which are: a) an alternate color scheme, using the colors that are part of the club's existing color palette and using the same design and logo as either the existing home or away uniform, or (b) a previously approved "classic" uniform from the club's history.

The jerseys worn against the Eagles represent the Giants alternate color jersey. In so doing, the team had to substitute anything that was blue with red, and anything that was red with blue.

The Giants are permitted to wear this jersey for one home game each season.

Ouch: Defensive end Chuck Wiley suffered torn knee ligaments and is out for year. Defensive tackle Norman Hand left the game with a groin pull, but said he'd be back to practice on Wednesday. Tiki Barber suffered a laceration to his knee and injured his shin, which forced him from the game late in the first half. He returned to action in the second half.

Shorthanded: As expected, the Giants were without SS Gibril Wilson (burner), S Jack Brewer (leg), LB Nick Greisen (ankle) and C Shaun O'Hara (ankle). Also inactive were RB Derrick Ward (concussion), OL Marques Sullivan and DE Lorenzo Bromell.

Quotebook: "If you want to beat good teams, you have to make those types of plays." - Will Allen, who couldn't come up with what would have been a huge INT and possible long return in the third quarter.

"We weren't as physical as I expected us to be. We didn't tackle well. We didn't block the line of scrimmage as well." - Tom Coughlin

"We can't worry about the playoffs. We just have to win one game right now. One game." - Carlos Emmons

"It's tough to be on the field that long in the second half. But you can't put it all on the offense. We could have made some plays on defense to get us off the field." - Emmons.

"We feel like we should have beaten them." - Will Peterson

NFC East Champs: The Eagles became only the third team since 1978 to clinch their division after only 11 games. The others were the 1985 Bears and 1997 49ers.

What's next: The Giants head down to DC for a more favorable match-up with the Redskins, who dropped to 3-8 after losing to the Steelers.

"We have to turn our attention toward Washington," Hand said. "We need a win bad."


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