EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Pete Carroll is all about defense, and even more about competing.
And that’s what the Seahawks’ 23-0 victory over the New York Giants was all about at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, as they ran their record to a best-in-the-league 12-2 and their road record to a franchise-best 6-2 by running the Giants off their home field.
The defense intercepted five passes, including two each by All-Pro left cornerback
But wait, there’s more. The Giants had 14 possessions. Five ended with interceptions. Eight ended with punts. All ended in frustration against the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense.
All this after last week’s disappointing 19-17 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco when the defense allowed a 51-yard run by Frank Gore to setup the game-winning field goal with 26 seconds left.
“We had a chip our shoulder. We wanted to win this game,” said middle linebacker and leading tackler
“What was it 23-0? To come to a team’s home and do that, not a lot of teams do that. So it was a great defensive effort.”
The offense, meanwhile, did its part by doing just enough.
And this day did belong to the defense, from the first snap until the last. Eli Manning passed for only 156 yards. The Giants ran for only 25 yards, on 14 attempts for a 1.8-yard average.
What’s next? Two homes games – next Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals and Dec. 29 against the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field, where the Seahawks are 6-0. Win those two games and the Seahawks will be NFC West champions, get a first-round bye in the playoffs and hold home-field throughout the postseason. Regardless of what the 49ers and New Orleans Saints might do.
“We’re done on the road now,” Carroll said. “We come back home and try to take care of business and finish up this season.”
And head into the postseason.