After a frustrating first thirty minutes of football, the Seattle Seahawks (4-2) overcame numerous self-inflicted mistakes to pull away from the New York Giants (1-6). Russell Wilson threw for more than 300 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions, and he genuinely could’ve had 400+ yards and 5 touchdowns. The defense predictably shut the Giants offense down, and once the Seahawks offense finally figured out how to score touchdowns, victory was all but assured.
Seattle is still undefeated at MetLife Stadium, and they remain a half-game back of the NFC West-leading Los Angeles Rams, who will enter their bye week at 5-2.
Seattle received the opening kickoff, picked up two first downs (with Tyler Lockett’s catch doubling as an interception-saver), and then punted after Wilson was sacked on 3rd and 10. The Giants went three-and-out on its opening drive, but a silly running into the kicker penalty by Tanner McEvoy put Seattle’s defense back on the field. A K.J. Wright face mask a few plays later put the Giants just near midfield. Richard Sherman saved a touchdown on 3rd and 13, as Tavarres King got behind him but Sherman broke up the deep pass to force a punt.
On the Seahawks’ second drive, Russell Wilson completed three straight passes for 57 yards, including a 32-yarder to Doug Baldwin, and they soon found themselves in the red zone. A roughing the passer penalty gave Seattle a new set of downs, and a defensive pass interference on 3rd down set up the Seahawks at the 1. Tre Madden lost a yard on a 1st down reception, Jimmy Graham was overthrown on 2nd down, and then Thomas Rawls was stuffed on 3rd down.
Seattle went for it on 4th and goal from the 1, and Jimmy Graham dropped an absolute gimme. Completely unacceptable. The team took 8:43 off the clock and came away with nothing.
Thankfully the Giants went three-and-out after this failure, but unfortunately, Thomas Rawls fumbled on the next play, and Landon Collins returned it to the Seahawks 17. A Roger Lewis catch put the Giants at the 5, and then Evan Engram got into the end zone. 7-0 Giants.
Seattle efficiently moved the ball into Giants territory, and a wide open Jimmy Graham dropped a pass that would’ve seen him run at least inside the 20. Later in the series, Russell Wilson committed an intentional grounding penalty, Germain Ifedi false started, and Thomas Rawls dropped a screen that would’ve easily put Seattle in field goal range. The Giants ran the ball three straight times and punted again, improving their total to just 47 yards of offense.
Jimmy Graham got his hands back just in time to make a great grab over the middle of the field to put the Seahawks at the Giants 32. Wilson took an end zone shot to Tyler Lockett, but he couldn’t catch it and suffered an injury on the play. Holding on Eli Apple gave the Seahawks an automatic first down. It looked as if the wind got knocked out of Lockett’s sails. Lockett returned to the game and caught a touchdown on 3rd and 10, but it was negated due to pass interference. Facing 3rd and 20, JD McKissic gained 16 on a screen pass and put the Seahawks back into field goal range, and Blair Walsh put the Seahawks on the board. 7-3 Giants at halftime.
The Giants received the ball to start the second-half, and only managed one first down before punting. D.J. Alexander broke through the line to block Wing’s kick, which died at midfield. Seattle’s offense proceeded to go three-and-out, squandering the opportunity presented to them. New York’s injury-riddled offense wasn’t faring any better, so the puntfest continued.
Seattle finally got themselves a touchdown on a five-play, 59 yard drive, capped off by a 22-yard lob to Doug Baldwin. This game right after Mark Glowinski was penalized for a personal foul after the previous play was over. 10-7 Seahawks.
Seattle dodged a bullet after a huge catch-and-run by Evan Engram was rightfully called back due to illegal touching. A holding on Sheldon Richardson gave the Giants a fresh set of downs, but they wound up punting shortly thereafter. Russell Wilson had a huge chance to hit Baldwin for a 63-yard touchdown, but he overshot him and Seattle would eventually punt.
The Giants, who had just 69 yards of offense up to this point, were able to maneuver their way into Seattle territory, largely thanks to Evan Engram, who broke away from Bradley McDougald for a 25-yard gain.
Facing 3rd and 11, McDougald redeemed himself and stopped Engram for no gain, and Aldrick Rosas hooked his 47-yard field goal wide right. Seattle picked up a first down through Thomas Rawls, but merely flipped field position by eventually punting it back to the Giants.
Engram broke free for an easy 18 yard gain to the NYG 35, but two plays later, Jarran Reed strip-sacked Eli Manning and Frank Clark recovered. On the very next play, McKissic and Wilson did a little flea-flicker action, and Paul Richardson channeled his inner Golden Tate. Landon Collins thought he had an interception, but touchdown was signaled live, and the call stood. 17-7 Seahawks.
Another three-and-out by the tepid Giants defense, Seattle’s offense drained the clock all the way down to 2:14, and Jimmy Graham provided himself some redemption by boxing out Eli Apple for the one-yard touchdown. 24-7 Seahawks.
The Giants tried to score in garbage time for some reason, and the Seahawks denied them. 24-7 is the final score.
Seahawks Injury Report
Justin Britt suffered a leg injury in the 1st quarter and was replaced at center by Ethan Pocic. Britt returned to the game on the same drive.
C.J. Prosise played one snap and didn’t return. It appears as if he re-aggravated his ankle problem that made him a question mark to play.
The Seahawks return to CenturyLink Field to take on the 3-3 Houston Texans, who did not play this week. CBS will televise the game at 1:05 PM PT.