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Tom Coughlin reaction: "It's still up to us," says coach after loss to Redskins

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Coughlin laments slow start.

Having watched his team fall to the Washington Redskins, 20-14, on Sunday, blowing a chance to take control of the NFC East, New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin reminded that the Giants still have an opportunity to win the division.

"We've got five games to go. If we can get back winning. Again, it's up to us," Coughlin said. "We can be (a playoff team) but we certainly have to continue to put ourselves in that position. This is one you can look at and say shoulda, coulda, woulda all day long."

Coughlin, of course, understands the opportunity his team missed on Sunday.

"We came in here knowing full well what all the circumstances were," Coughlin said. "Had we had a little more time in this one might have been a different story."

The Giants trailed 20-0 before making a late rally.

"I just didn't think we played well, we sleep-walked, whatever the word is," Coughlin said. "We didn't function well early on.

"I thought we would play well. We had some issues, there's no doubt. We just started in such a poor fashion."

Coughlin did commend his players for fighting back.

"I gave the players credit for the way they came back in the fourth quarter," Coughlin said. "You're in it to win obviously, and we didn't. We certainly did make a run at the end."

If they are going to reach the playoffs, the Giants will now have to make a run over the final five games.