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Schiano Defends Controversial End To Bucs/Giants Game

Sep 16, 2012 11:33 PM EST

Tom Coughlin and Greg Schiano had a testy exchange following the Giants' 41-34 win over the Buccaners.

The Giants were angry when Schiano told his players to knock Eli Manning to the ground when taking the final snap of the game.

"I don't think you do that at this level," Coughlin said after the game. "You don't do that in this league. You don't jeopardize the offensive line, you (don't) jeopardize the quarterback. Thank goodness we didn't get anybody hurt, that I know of, a couple of linemen were late coming in (after end of game)."

"That was a first," Manning said. "Obviously I think it is a little bit of a cheap shot. Going down, we are taking a knee, in a friendly way. They are firing off, and it's a way to get someone hurt."

Schiano said it was a play he'd run before at Rutgers and that he would do it again.

"I don't know if that's not something that's not done in the National Football League, but what I do with our football team is we fight until they tell us game over," Schiano said. "There's nothing dirty about it and there's nothing illegal about it.

"We crowd the ball -- it's like a sneak defense and you try to knock it loose. Watch Rutgers, they would know if they watched us that's what we did at the end of the game."

Via Jane McManus/ESPN