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Five matchups to watch: Seahawks at Giants
A look at the Seahawks’ Week 15 game against the New York Giants on Sunday, including five matchups that could impact the outcome:
When: Sunday, 10 a.m. PT, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Records: Seahawks 11-2 and first in the NFC West despite last week’s 19-17 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco; Giants 5-8 and third in the NFC East after last week’s 37-14 loss to the Chargers in San Diego.
Playoff implications: The Seahawks already have clinched a playoff spot. They can clinch the NFC West and a first-round bye with a win over the Giants and a 49ers’ loss or tie; or with a tie and a 49ers’ loss. They also can clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win, a 49ers’ loss or tie and a Saints’ loss. The Giants were eliminated from the playoff picture last week.
TV: FOX (Q/13), with Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Erin Andrews
Radio: 710 ESPN and 97.3 KIRO FM, with Steve Raible, Warren Moon and Jen Mueller
Rest of the West: 49ers (9-4) at Buccaneers (3-10); Cardinals (8-5) at Titans (5-8); Saints (10-3) at Rams (5-8). Read
One to watch
The second quarter: It’s when the Seahawks have scored their most points (121) and allowed their most points (105 of 205). It’s the quarter when the Giants have allowed the most points (117) and scored their second-highest point total (70, three fewer than in the third quarter). It could be the make-or-break quarter in this game. Read
Fun to watch
One tough task
Seahawks OTs Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini vs. Giants DE Justin Tuck: The pass protection has improved since Okung and Giacomini returned from missing eight and seven games with injuries. But they could have their hands full Sunday with Tuck, who has produced six of his 8.5 sacks in the past two games. The Seahawks need to keep QB Russell Wilson clean, and provide him time to make his progressions in the passing game. Wilson has been sharp in practice this week, so Okung and Giacomini can’t allow Tuck to dull his efforts on game day. Read
The Giants lead the series 9-6, including a 6-2 record at Giants Stadium/MetLife Stadium. … A victory will give the Seahawks a franchise-record sixth road win. … A win also would tie this team with the 1984 team for the second-most victories in franchise history (12). … The Giants had won five of their previous six games before Sunday’s loss to the Chargers. … The Giants are 1-7 against teams with winning records. … Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin had career highs in receptions (eight) and receiving yards (136) in the 2011 game against the Giants. … The Seahawks’ Golden Tate is the only player in the league with 700 receiving yards and at least 400 punt return yards. … MLB Bobby Wagner (89) and FS Earl Thomas (85) lead the Seahawks in tackles. … SS Antrel Rolle (77) and CB Prince Amukamara (72) are the Giants’ leading tacklers. Read