New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said earlier in the week that he was concerned with the Seattle Seahawks' ability to embarrass their opponents and then laugh about it later. On Sunday, his worst fears were realized as the Seahawks came into MetLife Stadium and absolutely wiped the floor with Big Blue to the tune of 23-0 — a score that doesn't indicate how out of hand the game itself really was.
Quarterback Eli Manning threw five interceptions, passing Charlie Conerly for the franchise lead in interceptions (169), as the offense managed only 181 total yards (many of those coming when the game was already out of hand).
"It was a pathetic offensive performance. We didn't create any opportunities for ourselves," head coach Tom Coughlin said. "The ball was thrown up and we [repeatedly] got out-fought for the ball."
Adding injury to insult, the Giants also lost wide receiver Victor Cruz to a concussion after coming down awkwardly on a high ball. The pass was also ruled incomplete, dropping Cruz's total receiving yards to 998 and putting his third career 1,000 yard season in jeopardy.
Defensively, the Giants held tough amidst tremendous adversity for most of the game, but began to gas out late in the third quarter. Turnovers, time of possession and field position were more than they were able to overcome despite a valiant effort which saw a much improved pass rush led by the aforementioned Justin Tuck. But, it can not go overstated that holding a very powerful Seattle offense to 3-for-13 on third down is an impressive accomplishment.
With the loss, the Giants fall to 5-9 on the season, whereas the Seahawks improve to 12-2. The Giants will head to Michigan to play the Detroit Lions (7-6) in Week 16, while the Seahawks will play host to the Arizona Cardinals (8-5).
- The Giants did not run a single play in Seattle territory until under 7:00 left in the fourth quarter.
- Eli Manning's five interceptions gave him 25 on the season, tying his career high. The five interceptions were also a career high.
- It was the first time the Giants have been shut out at home in a regular season game since September 4th, 1995 (Dallas Cowboys).
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