Jason Pierre-Paul Didn’t Realize Timeout was Called by Tom Coughlin on First Field Goal Attempt before his Season Saving Block
December 15, 2011 – 6:45 am by Steven Cuce
The comparisons are already starting to be made: Is Jason Pierre-Paul the next Lawrence Taylor?
Pierre-Paul was that dominant in a 37-34 victory over the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday Night. No.90 had two sacks, a forced fumble and capped his night off by blocking a potential game-tying field goal by Dan Bailey to preserve a New York victory in the closing seconds of regulation. The Cowboys surrendered a 12-point lead late in the 4th quarter as both defenses in the game were unable to stop anyone.
For the Giants their playoff destiny is back in their own hands in the NFC East with Jason Pierre-Paul coming up with the big play to save the season.
Jason Pierre-Paul joined WFAN in New York with Joe and Evan to discuss being a dominant force defensively against the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday night, his game plan going into the second field goal try at the end of the game, being surprised that Tom Coughlin called a timeout before the first goal was kicked by the Cowboys, being compared to Lawrence Taylor and the blocked field goal being the most impressive part of his performance in the game against the Cowboys.
Have you ever had a game like the one you had against the Cowboys on Sunday night? Have you ever had a game as dominant as that?
“Not as dominant as that, but I had a couple of games that I had changed the game, but not like that. It was exciting for me.”
Talk about blocking the second field goal at the end of the game. You had said on the first attempt you couldn’t get by your man, so on the second kick you decided to move over the center?
“Yeah. The whole game I had been going against the guard. I tried jumping and it didn’t work. I tried avoiding him and it didn’t work. It came down to the last play of the game and they tried a field goal and Coach Coughlin called a timeout. I went through the guard and I tried to jump, but it didn’t work like it was the whole game, so I was like I am not going through the guard. I’ll push through the center, so when the ball is snapped just push me. When the ball was snapped I stepped over to the left and ripped through the center when he got his head up and he pulled my hands up and that was it. A blocked field goal.”
Did you know or were you surprised the timeout was called on the first field goal?
“Yeah I was surprised. I didn’t realize timeout was called. I rushed back to the line and they spiked the ball and timeout was called. I looked towards the sidelines and Coach Coughlin called a timeout. Then they had another field goal. They had another attempt and they tried a field goal and they didn’t make it.”
When you walked off the field you had two sacks, you forced a fumble and blocked a field goal. Did anyone mention Lawrence Taylor to you when you walked off the field?
“No. Nobody tells me nothing. It was a great game. It feels good though. That’s how I feel. It was a great game.”
Which play gave you the most joy?
“I would say blocking the field goal because if Dallas had made that field goal we would of had to go to overtime and just blocking the field goal and seeing the excitement my teammates had on the sidelines, running on the field. I didn’t even know what was going on. I thought I blocked it. It hit my left hand, but when I turned around I seen the ball going in the opposite direction and that had the most impact on the game. That’s the most I had enjoyed. I would say the blocked field goal.”
Listen to Jason Pierre-Paul on 660 WFAN in New York here
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