Giants' HC Shurmur Defends 4th-Quarter Punt, Was 'Right Thing To Do'

Oct 10, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur watches a play against the New England Patriots during the first half at Gillette Stadium
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Giants head coach Pat Shurmur stands by his decision to punt late in the fourth quarter on Thursday night. 

Golden Tate came up two yards shy of a first down at the Giants' 33-yard line with 7:54 left in the game, trailing 28-14. Following quarterback Daniel Jones' incompletion, the Giants had an opportunity to either go for the fourth-and-two conversion or punt the ball into New England's possession.

Shurmur chose the latter, sending Riley Dixon to deliver a 30-yard punt. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady carried the ball into the end zone seven plays later and New England cushioned its already distant lead to three possessions over the Giants.

"I felt like it was the right thing to do," Shurmur bluntly told reporters following the loss