Coughlin blames lack of third title on Burress

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Did Plaxico Burress cost the New York Giants a third Super Bowl by shooting himself in the thigh? (Credit: AP Photo)

Did Plaxico Burress cost the New York Giants a third Super Bowl by shooting himself in the thigh? (Credit: AP Photo)

Under current head coach Tom Coughlin, the New York Giants have won two Super Bowls, once in 2007 over the New England Patriots and again in 2011 over the New England Patriots. While most teams would be satisfied with two Super Bowls, Coughlin says the team would have won a third had it not been for Plaxico Burress.

During the 2008 season, the New York Giants were off to a fast start and were 11-1 after their first twelve games.

Then came an incident with Plaxico Burress, a gun and his thigh.

While out at a Manhattan night club, Burress accidentally shot himself in the thigh. Burress went on to be released from the Giants, before signing with the Jets and then the Steelers.

While taping an episode of CenterStage with the YES Network, Coughlin says it was because of Burress that the team missed out on a third Super Bowl.

We were the best team in the NFL at the time of the shooting,” Coughlin said.

Of course, over the next month, they lost three of their last four, and laid an egg in the playoffs against the Eagles. They never got into the end zone that day, losing 23-11, with Eli Manning throwing a pair of picks.

 

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