Two-time Super Bowl winner Tom Coughlin resigns as Giants coach

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin walks off the field after being defeated by the Carolina Panthers in their game at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 20, 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J.

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin walks off the field after being defeated by the Carolina Panthers in their game at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 20, 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J. (1/4/16)

EAST RUTHERFORD - Tom Coughlin, who returned the Giants to NFL prominence by winning two Super Bowls, resigned Monday after missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.

The Giants announced the decision one day after the Giants (6-10) capped their third straight losing season with a 35-30 defeat against Philadelphia, their third straight and sixth in seven games.

In a statement, Coughlin said, “I met with John Mara and Steve Tisch this afternoon, and I informed them that it is in the best interest of the organization that I step down as head coach…I strongly believe the time is right for me and my family.”

The move may signal the end of a 20-year NFL head coaching career for the 69-year-old Coughlin, one of 13 coaches to win multiple Super Bowls.

The league's oldest active coach and third-longest tenured among the 32 who finished the season, Coughlin came into 2015 knowing he had to get the Giants back to the postseason to keep his job. It didn't happen.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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