Seattle comes away with W vs. NYG
Time for the weekly Monday morning QB. It was not pretty, but when the dust settled, the Seahawks were victorious.
They were cheering and celebrating on the field while the 12th man was at home, jumping up and down squealing like a child on Christmas morning. Wait…I wasn’t the only one, right?
After all the talk about their terrible string of East Coast trips, the Seahawks got the monkey off their backs and single handedly turned their season around with a 36-25 win over the New York Giants.
What Seattle did differently made all the difference from past weeks. They scored 14 points in the first half, which is more points than they have scored in the 4 previous first halves combined (13).
And the run game got on track, as RB Marshawn Lynch ran for a season high 98 yards and a touchdown. A big chunk of that yardage came from one play, but it got Seattle rolling in the right direction, capping it off with the score.
Tarvaris Jackson was 15/22 for a touchdown and an interception. Unfortunately, we all found out the perils of having a quarterback who can actually scramble as he went down with an injury after a hit he took as he scrambled downfield. He would sit the rest of the game with a right pectoral injury.
Charlie Whitehurst stepped in and went 11/19 for 149 yards and a touchdown. Don’t let those numbers fool you, though, as he did not play all that well, in my honest opinion. He constantly threw over receivers heads and threw high passes that almost got a couple Seahawk wide receivers killed.
When he was under any sort of pressure, he looked for one receiver and threw the ball out of bounds. His lone touchdown pass came on the offsides penalty on the Giants as their defense all stopped and stood there thinking the play was dead.
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin had another break-out game with 8 catches for 136 yards and was the beneficiary of that free touchdown on the offsides penalty on New York.
He has continued to excel each week and is showing Seahawk nation that they have reason to believe again, when all thought this season was lost.
Ben Obomanu filled Mike Williams‘ shoes nicely, catching 6 passes for 51 yards and a touchdown. Sidney Rice had 4 catches for 38 yards. Rice seemed to have trouble with the Giants field as he constantly slipped and fell, even allowing a fumble on one of those slips, although it was recovered by Lynch.
The Seahawks defense came up huge when needed yet again, but not before allowing Eli Manning to go 24/39 for 420 yards. He had 3 touchdowns, but also 3 interceptions that turned out to be huge difference-makers for the Seahawks.
Giants WR Victor Cruz was the main beneficiary from Manning, catching 8 passes for 161 yards and a circus touchdown that exposed Seattle CB Richard Sherman as he stood and watched it unfold.
The Seattle rush defense continued its phenomenal ways, only allowing 69 yards on the ground and putting themselves in the top 3 rush defenses in the NFL. Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw had the massive bulk of those yards, rushing 17 times from 58 yards. Seattle still has not allowed a single 100 yard rusher this season.
And on the game-clinching play, Chancellor deflected a pass intended for Cruz in the air and Brandon Browner stole it from the air and took off to return it 94 yards for the score.
That was the longest interception return in Seattle history.
The Seahawks allowed 6 sacks on their QB’s while the Seattle defense got Manning 3 times, with Chris Clemons getting 2 of those.
Even the special teams play was clutch. Kicker Steven Hauschka was 2-2 with kicks of 51 and 43 yards while punter Jon Ryan hit 4/7 punts inside the Giants 20, helping the Seahawks dominate the field position game.
It was a hard fought game for the Seahawks, who needed the win badly to help swing the momentum of the season in the right direction.
Realizing what they’re capable of doing has brought the Seahawks to a whole new level and may allow them to defend their NFC West title again this year.
If they continue to play like they did today, that tough schedule ahead looks a lot easier than we all thought it would be.
The Seahawks are on Bye Week next week and then travel to Ohio to meet Cleveland GM Mike Holmgren’s Browns team in week 7.