|Total Net Yards||327|
|Time of Possession||33:58|
|Total Net Yards||181|
|Time of Possession||26:02|
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In a nutshell: Seahawks 3, Giants 0. The Seahawks moved to the Giants’ 45 on the game’s opening possession, but to punt. The defense then forced a three-and-out as NT Brandon Mebane blew up the first plays with penetration and MLB Bobby Wagner then sacked Eli Manning for an 8-yard loss on third-and-10. Golden Tate then returned the punt 19 yards to the Giants’ 42, setting up a 49-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka to make it 3-0 with 8:33 left in the quarter. The Giants were driving at the end of the quarter, but CB Byron Maxwell intercepted Manning’s pass that was intended for Julio Cruz.
Player of the quarter: Marshawn Lynch, the receiver rather than the runner. He caught three passes for 44 yards, including a 12-yarder on the first play of the five-play, 11-yard drive to Hauschka’s field goal.
Play of the quarter: Maxwell’s pick. It came at the Seahawks’ 35, when the Giants appeared to be getting something going. Maxwell was on Cruz like a second jersey to make his second interception in as many weeks.
Number of the quarter: 19. Hauschka’s field goal was his 19th in a row, and 28th in 29 attempts. The “miss” was blocked.
In a nutshell: Seahawks 13, Giants 0. The Seahawks were unable to capitalize on the Byron Maxwell interception near the end of the first quarter as Russell Wilson was sacked for a 5-yard loss on third down. But the Seahawks defense forced another three-and-out. After the teams traded three-and-outs, CB Richard Sherman made his fifth interception of the season. Unlike Maxwell’s pick, the Seahawks capitalized on Sherman by driving 62 yards in seven plays to a 2-yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch to make it 10-0 with 5:30 left in the half. Wilson was 3 of 3 for 47 yards and ran once for 4 yards. After the defense forced another three-and-out, the Seahawks drove 40 yards in 10 plays to a 44-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka that made it 13-0 with 3 seconds left in the half. The Seahawks appeared to get a TD on the possession, but Golden Tate stepped out of bounds before catching a 29-yard pass from Wilson in the end zone. On the final play of the half, Sherman intercepted Eli Manning’s Hail Mary pass.
Players of the quarter: It was a Stanford thing. On the drive to Lynch’s TD, Doug Baldwin caught each of Wilson’s completions for 47 yards, and did it all over the field. He had a 9-yarder on a left-side slate to open the drive, a 25-yarder to the Giants’ 19 on the right side and a 13-yarder down the middle on the next play to the 6. Then there was Sherman, who intercepted two passes in the quarter after going five games without one.
Play of the quarter: Lynch’s TD run, which was Beast Mode with capital B and a capital M, as well as beaucoup style points. Five Giants defenders had shots at stopping him but couldn’t. It was Lynch’s 11th rushing TD.
Number of the quarter: 1. The Seahawks’ No. 1-ranked defense held the Giants to three-and-outs on three of their seven first-half possessions, and three others ended in interceptions.
In a nutshell: Seattle 16, Giants 0. The defense picked up in the second half where it left off in the first as the Giants’ three-and-out went something like this: Brandon Mebane stopped Andre Brown for a 4-yard loss, Michael Bennett stopped Brown for no gain and Bennett had a fumble-forcing sack of Eli Manning. The Seahawks then drove 39 yards in nine plays to Steven Hauschka’s 30th field goal of the season, a 24-yarder that made it 16-0 with 8:47 left in the quarter. Again, the Seahawks scored a TD on a 1-yard run by Marshawn Lynch. But again, a penalty nullified it – this time a false start on Breno Giacomini to erase the fourth-down scoring run. Wilson and Jermaine Kearse hooked up twice for 21 yards on the drive, while Wilson also had a 16-yard run. The Seahawks got the ball back when Bobby Wagner had a fumble-forcing sack of Manning on third-and-8 and David Diehl recovered to force another punt. Late in the quarter, Wilson threw deep to Ricardo Lockette, but Antrel Rolle made the interception.
Player of the quarter: Bennett. The three-technique tackle in the nickel line, he had the no-gain stop and the fumble-forcing sack to end the Giants’ first possession and then hit Manning on a second-down play on their second possession.
Play of the quarter: Jeremy Lane downing Jon Ryan’s 43-yard punt at the Giants’ 5. It was just one of the nice plays turned in by Lane in the first three quarters – on defense, as well as special teams.
Number of the quarter: 15. The Seahawks are 15 minutes from their franchise-record sixth road victory of the season.
In a nutshell: Seahawks 23, Giants 0. On the first play of the final quarter, Byron Maxwell got his second interception of the game – giving him three in the past two games – and returned it 6 yards to the Giants’ 16. That set up Russell Wilson’s 12-yard TD pass to Doug Baldwin on third-and-goal to make it 23-0 with 12:13 to play. The Giants were driving late in the quarter, but Richard Sherman tipped an Eli Manning pass in the end zone and Earl Thomas made the interception – the fifth of the game for the Seahawks.
Player of the quarter: Golden Tate. He returned his seventh punt, tying the franchise record set that was set by Walter Packer in 1977 and tied by Nate Burleson in 2009 and Leon Washington in 2011.
Play of the quarter: Wilson’s TD pass. It was his 50th in his first two seasons, as he joined Dan Marino (68) and Peyton Manning (52) as the only QBs in NFL history to do that.
Number of the quarter: 6. The sixth road victory is a franchise record, one more than the 1984 and 2005 teams.