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Seahawks play worst game of the season, lose 17-12 to Giants and lose NFC West lead

New York Giants v Seattle Seahawks Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The Seahawks (8-4) are not a good football team right now.

They lost to the Colt McCoy led New York Giants (5-7) 17-12 and looked terrible every step of the way. With the Los Angeles Rams winning over the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle drops to 2nd in the NFC West. Meanwhile, hats off to the Giants who have won four in a row and lead the NFC East. They might actually make the playoffs. Wayne Gallman busted through the Seahawks’ normally stout run defense with 100+ yards, while Alfred Morris had both of New York’s TDs.

Russell Wilson turned it over twice and was scatter shot. Poor playcalling, poor 2nd half run defense, poor everything. Drops aplenty. Penalties aplenty. Injuries aplenty. Mark Schlereth random noises aplenty.

This sucks.

1st Half

The Seahawks received the opening kick and Tyler Lockett had a couple of nice sideline catches to help put Seattle into Giants territory. Chris Carson delivered some punishing blows on the ground but the red zone passing game stalled and Jason Myers booted through the first points of the game. 3-0 Seahawks.

After both teams went three-and-out, it looked as if the Giants would at least answer with a field goal of their own but Quandre Diggs had other ideas. Colt McCoy’s red zone pass for Evan Engram was deflected off of Engram, caused by Ryan Neal, and into Diggs’ waiting arms for a return to his own 36.

Seattle’s offensive struggles continued, as Russell Wilson fumbled a snap near midfield and the Giants recovered midway through the 2nd quarter. Luckily the defense tightened up and held New York off the scoreboard for the rest of the half. The bad news is the Seahawks offense did nothing, either. Special teams did come through with a Ryan Neal blocked punt that Penny Hart and DeeJay Dallas could not recover, so it was a safety. 5-0 Seahawks.

2nd Half

The Giants punted on their opening 2nd half possession, but so did the Seahawks. Wayne Gallman broke through with a 61-yard run down the left sideline on the ensuing drive. Alfred Morris had two quality runs including one for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was successful. 8-5 Giants.

The Seahawks failed to convert on 4th and 1 and turned it over on downs. Wayne Gallman gashed the Seattle defense for over 100 yards and Alfred Morris got into the end zone again with a play-action catch-and-run in a goal-to-go situation. 14-5 Giants after the missed PAT.

More ineptitude from the Seahawks offense including another punt and then an interception off of Chris Carson’s hands and into the arms of Darnay Holmes. That turned into a field goal for the Giants. 17-5 Giants with 9:50 to go.

Chad Wheeler came in for the injured Jamarco Jones and looked like he had never played in the NFL. Wilson was under constant pressure and even the uptempo offense had issues, but they still got into the end zone on a lofted throw to Chris Carson for 28 yards. 17-12 Giants with 6:09 left.

The Giants offense bled four minutes off the clock but did not convert 3rd and 4 on the blitz. Colt McCoy threw it Sterling Shepard’s way but incomplete. Seattle got the ball back with 1:48 to go at their own 20.

Checkdown to DeeJay Dallas gains six yards. Catch by Metcalf to his own 39 for a first down but still in bounds. Wilson scrambles for a gain of seven. 1:15 to go. Catch by Hollister into Giants territory with a minute to go and a Seahawks timeout with 1:04 to go. Jordan Love DROPS an interception! That would’ve been game over. Lockett gets sandwiched and incomplete. Pressure and a sack by Leonard Williams. Timeout and it’s 4th and forever. Timeout Giants now. Deflected and incomplete. No flags. GIants win. 17-12 Giants final.

Seahawks injury report

S Ryan Neal was carted off the field in the 3rd quarter after a hip injury.

WR Tyler Lockett had a concussion check in the 1st quarter but returned.

RT Jamarco Jones injured his groin in the 4th quarter and was replaced by Chad Wheeler.

Next week’s opponents

The Seahawks take on the New York Jets (0-12) who managed a pretty absurd loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Kickoff time is 1:05 PM PT on CBS on Sunday, December 13th from Lumen Field.