In The Hunt for Red October, Captain Marko Ramius explains to his officers that the reason he told the Soviet navy of his intention to defect (and thereby assured that the Soviet navy would hunt them down) with this anecdote: "When he reached the New World, Cortez burned his ships. As a result his men were well motivated."
Something about the Giants march down the field for a score to take a 7-0 lead reminded me of that. Maybe it was the ridiculous assertion by a radio talk host that there were Giants fans rooting against the team just to get rid of Tom Coughlin. Wow. Maybe it was just the general feeling that the Giants were fighting their coach and the opposition at the same time, or that the public and the team seem very hostile to TC.
But something about that drive said to me: they're using Tiki Barber, they're motivated, they are ready. So maybe it's "proper motivation" that Coughlin feels- the motivation of being about to lose your job in a hail of gunfire.
A heroic 4th-quarter Giants drive, which included three consecutive Giants penalties creating a 1st and 30 from the Eagles 33 culminated in a game-tying TD pass, but the Giants defense couldn't stop the Eagles from getting into field goal range. Eagles 23, Giants 20.
I wonder how long he'll still be the head coach.