Giants v. Bucs: What happens when a qb takes a knee?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano, left, and New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin exchange words at the end of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won the game 41-34. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

By Daniel Hill
Sports Writer

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin had his panties in a bunch after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers actually decided to play football on the final play of the game.

With New York up by only seven points, the Giants were convinced that the Buccaneers would just lay down for them and let the Giants run out the clock and the Buccaneers would quietly accept defeat.

Instead, the Buccaneers fired off the ball and hit the Giants’ offensive line and tried to get the football back so that maybe they could win the game.

Football is a game that must be played with unrelenting intensity. Playing to the final whistle is mandatory, despite the fact that some NFL teams will just stand there.

If Eli Manning had mishandled or fumbled the snap, the Bucs would’ve had a chance to tie the game and eventually win.

Quitting isn’t acceptable in sports, and I have no problem with Greg Schiano telling his team to play hard on every single play no matter the circumstance.