EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Tom Coughlin was dealing with more than the New York Giants' 0-2 start Wednesday, and most of his players knew it.
The team's poor play was insignificant compared to what the 67-year-old Coughlin had been through the past 48 hours.
His only brother, John, has died unexpectedly Monday night in Hackensack, N.J. The death came a day after the Giants' season seemed to be slipping away following a 41-23 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Coughlin had been alerted to the medical crisis on Monday morning and visited his brother in the hospital. After meeting with the team, he skipped his usual day-after news conference and returned to be with his brother.
His meeting with the team Wednesday was his first since the death, and players said it picked them up.
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