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Coughlin Gets Contract Extension From Giants

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)–

Tom Coughlin has signed a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season with the New York Giants.

The 65-year-old Coughlin, who led the team to its second SuperBowl under him in February, has coached the Giants since 2004. His contract was in its final year.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be the head coach of the NewYork Giants,” Coughlin said Wednesday.

The oldest coach to win a SuperBowl, Coughlin also took theGiants to the 2007 title. New York beat New England in             the Super Bowl both times.

Overall, Coughlin is 82-57 with the Giants. He also went 72-64 in eight seasons with Jacksonville, an expansion team he helped build from scratch.

Last season was one of the roughest for the Giants and Coughlin,who stood at 7-7 and needed to win their final two games to get into the playoffs.

They beat the Jets and Cowboys to win the NFC East, then defeated Atlanta, Green Bay, San Francisco and the Patriots for the title.

“Tom is a winner and he’s a fighter,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “And I enjoy and appreciate working with him. From where I sit, I couldn’t ask for more in a head coach.”

Coughlin’s 154 total victories tie him with Hall of Famer Marv Levy for 17th on the NFL’s career list. His 12 postseason victories tie him with former Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher for the sixth-highest total in NFL history.

“Tom is the right person in the right job at the right time,”Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said. “I just really appreciate how our players respond to his leadership, and obviously our organization has benefited tremendously because of the relationship Tom has with his players.”

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