No, not that one. The one last night that Osi Umenyiora caused and was picked up by -- wait for it -- AN OFFICAL because nobody fell on it.
Had the Giants just fallen on that second-quarter loose ball, the ball would have changed hands at the Eagles' 32 and deprived the Eagles of the touchdown that made the halftime score 30-17, and might have resulted in a Giants touchdown to even things up. Indeed, the entire nature of the game might have been changed.
But no one did, despite the fact that players are drilled every day since their Pop Warner careers to pick up stray footballs.
Tom Coughlin said he's always made a point of that in practice.
"The simple fact of the matter is that it was ruled a fumble right away," Coughlin said. "Now the question I presented to our defense and to our team today -- you could imagine what it is if you have watched us practice -- no matter where the ball goes, if the ball is on the ground even if it is a thrown incomplete pass, we pick it up and run with it.
"Why didn’t somebody do that yesterday? Michael Boley off his finger tips, that is one aspect of it. But the fact it’s a fumble, someone come in and scoop the ball up and run in the end zone. As you have been taught since day one, let the officials correct it, let them bring it back."
Of course, the entire snafu never happens if Boley hangs onto what should have been a sure interception. But Coughlin never heard a whistle, a direct contradiction to the players' explanation of why everybody, including the Eagles, stopped playing and simply walked past the ball.
"I don’t think anybody down on the field really knew what was going on," Coughlin said. "I think, to be honest with you, that it was an assumption that it was a fumble. There really wasn’t a lot of explanation. Whereas on the sidelines, because of the way it happened with Michael Boley, you thought he just dropped an interception. That is why I tried to stall because I didn’t know what the call was. But evidently from the end of the play the call was that it was a fumble."
Morale to the story: If you hear a whistle and there's a ball on the ground, pick it up. You might be saving a touchdown.