The Final Word

PHOENIX – Unlike superstitious Pats coach Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin didn't hesitate to pose for pictures with the Lombardi Trophy after his Friday morning press conference. This was the media's final access to the Giants and Pats before Sunday's Super showdown.

"We look forward to the opportunity to play against a great team like New England," Coughlin said.

As usual, Coughlin was asked about how he changed his approach to his players before this season.

"I felt like I had to do a better job of communicating to everyone," he explained. "You spend your entire life trying to get better."

Coughlin didn't hesitate to poke fun at himself when asked about yelling at kicker Lawrence Tynes after his two missed field goals during the NFC Championship Game in Green Bay. "Lawrence does a great job, as most of the veteran players do, of not hearing a word I say," Coughlin smiled.

Finally, Coughlin was asked what winning his first championship as a head coach would mean. "It would be a wonderful thing for the New York Giants organization," he said. "It's the ultimate goal. That type of fulfillment is something that could be shared by all."

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