Giants record: 1-2
This time last year: 2-1
Time of game: 3:07
Stat worth noting: Believe it or not, the Giants actually had more yards than Seattle, 337-333, and they averaged two more yards per play than the Seahawks (6.5-4.5). But when you dig yourself a 42-3 hole it doesn’t really matter, now does it?
Stat worth noting II: The time of possession wasn’t even close. The Seahawks had the ball for exactly 38 minutes, with the Giants only getting it for 22 minutes.
Turning point: Things turned bad real quickly for Big Blue. After a Corey Webster pick appeared to give New York some early momentum, Eli Manning was picked off by Ken Hamlin three plays later, setting up Seattle’s first TD and setting the rout in motion. Manning obviously didn’t even see the fast-closing Hamlin, who stepped in front of Plaxico Burress.
Play to remember: This one started off great as Corey Webster turned in an acrobatic interception on the game’s first play. Webster went up high with Darrell Jackson and came down with Matt Hasselbeck’s deep pass at the New York 34.
Play to forget: Already trailing 21-0 in the second period Manning found a wide-open Plaxico Burress, who promptly bobbled the ball right into the hands of Seattle safety Michael Boulware, who picked it off at the Seahawks 37-yard line.
2:27 – Time it took for Luke Petitgout to false start. He followed up last year’s flag-fest by jumping on the Giants’ fourth offensive play.
18 – Number of first downs for Seattle – in the first half! New York had four at the half.
113.9 – Matt Hasselbeck’s QB rating for the first half, when he threw for 176 yards and four TDs.
“We just got beat, plain and simple. We have too much talent to get beat like that.” – Giants FS Will Demps
“We tried our best to keep the people in the stands. I think the players played very hard. They came out of the gate.” – Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren
What went right
The Giants didn’t quit and scored the game’s final 27 points. The mild comeback was highlighted by R.W. McQuarters’ 27-yard INT return for a score.
Again, New York and Eli Manning excelled in the no-huddle offense. That was a big factor in Manning throwing for three fourth-quarter TDs.
Jay Feely exorcised his Qwest Field demons with a 46-yard field goal on the final play of the second quarter. Feely, of course, blew three chances to win last year’s game, which was obviously much more competitive.
Tiki Barber got enough rushing yards to become only the 21st NFL running back to surpass 9,000 career yards. With 64 yards on 14 carries, Barber now has 9,012 career yards on the ground.
Tom Coughlin and his staff will have plenty to work on during the bye week. For as much as the Giants were clearly outplayed in every facet, New York’s staff was also beaten up pretty bad by its Seattle counterparts.
New York won’t have to guard against overconfidence heading into the Redskins game after the bye.
What went wrong
You name it, it went wrong. This game was Murphy’s Law in a neat little NFL package. We’ll start with the quarterback. Eli Manning had a nightmare start after his dream comeback in Philly. To his credit only two of his three INTs were his fault, but they were both awful throws.
Plaxico Burress was so ineffective due to injury that Tom Coughlin removed him from the game. Playing with an injured back, Burress dropped a pass that went right into the hands of a Seattle defender and then lost a fumble shortly after. Plax’s miscues directly led to 14 Seattle points.
The defense was atrocious. There was no pass rush whatsoever and no one covered anyone. The Seahawks receivers were so wide open it was amazing. Matt Hasselbeck had all the time in the world to throw and a host of open receivers from which to choose on basically every play.
While it probably wouldn’t have made much of a difference, the Giants penalty problems continued. New York was flagged eight times for 63 yards.