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The Seattle Seahawks defeated the New York Giants 38-17 on Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. With the loss, the Giants’ overall record fell to 3-6, the same record the team had after nine games last season.
The Giants led 17-14 at halftime and the game was tied 17-17 heading into the 4th quarter, but the Seahawks put the Giants away with three touchdowns in the final period and 24 unanswered second-half points.
The Giants’ offense was shutout in the second half and the defense gave up 350 total yards rushing, the most by an NFL team since 2009 and the third-most rushing yards the Giants have ever given up in a single game in team history. Seattle averaged almost eight yards per carry.
In the end, the Seahawks out-gained the Giants in first downs (27 to 20), total yards (510 to 324), rushing yards (350 to 54), and time of possession (33:12 to 26:48).
The Giants received the ball first to start the game but quickly punted. Seattle drove 80 yards in six plays on their first possession, finishing the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by RB Marshawn Lynch.
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The Giants punted again on their second possession but immediately got the ball back when CB Zack Bowman intercepted QB Russell Wilson at the Seattle 31-yard line and returned it to the 24. Five plays later, QB Eli Manning his WR Preston Parker for a 6-yard touchdown and the game was tied 7-7.
Seattle punted on their third drive and the Giants quickly went up 14-7 after 44 and 26 yard passes from Manning to WR Odell Beckham set up RB Andre Williams’ 3-yard touchdown run. Seattle turned the ball over again on their fourth possession after LB Jameel McClain forced a fumble that was recovered by S Antrel Rolle at the Seattle 47. New York was unable to convert this turnover into points and punted.
The Seahawks then responded with a 15-play, 85-yard drive that ended with a 2-yard touchdown run by Lynch to tie the game at 14-14 with just under two minutes to play before halftime. On this possession, the Seahawks converted on a 4th-and-3 from the Giants’ 36-yard line.
With 1:57 left to play, the Giants were able to drive 57 yards to set up a successful 41-yard field goal from PK Josh Brown as time expired.
The Giants led 17-14 at the half.
Seattle received the ball to start the third quarter but their first drive ended when Wilson’s deep was intercepted at the Giants’ 10-yard line by S Quintin Demps. After the Giants gained two first downs and punted, Seattle drove 70 yards in seven plays to set up a 28-yard field goal late in the quarter to tie the game 17-17.
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Then the game really turned. The Giants picked up two first downs. On 1st-and-10 from Seattle 39-yard line, Manning threw a deep ball to Beckham who was well covered by CB Richard Sherman. The deflected ball was intercepted by S Earl Thomas in the end zone and returned 47 yards to the Seattle 42-yard line. The Giants’ defense then surrendered a third touchdown run by Lynch on a 7-play, 58-yard drive. Seattle 24 – New York 17.
The Giants went three-and-out on their next possession and Seattle then went up by two touchdowns by driving 53 yards in seven plays, with Lynch scoring his fourth touchdown with just under eight minutes to play. Seattle 31 – New York 17.
The Giants gained two first downs on the ensuring possession but the drive stalled at the Giants’ 46-yard line. The Giants turned the football over on downs after a run and three incomplete passes. Seattle put the game away with a 45-yard run by RB Christine Michael and then a 1-yard run by Wilson. Seahawks 38 – Giants 17. The Giants final possession ended with a sack-fumble-recovery by the Seahawks at the Giants 31-yard line.
Video highlights/lowlights of the game are available at Giants.com.
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Post-Game Injury Report: RB Michael Cox fractured his lower leg and will be lost for the remainder of the 2014 NFL season. RB Peyton Hillis suffered a concussion in the first quarter and did not return. Rookie S Nat Berhe left in the second quarter with an ankle injury. TE Daniel Fells suffered a burner in the fourth quarter.
Post-Game Notes: QB Eli Manning finished the game 29-of-44 for 283 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Wide receivers Odell Beckham (7 catches for 108 yards) and Preston Parker (7 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown) led the Giants in receiving. The Giants leading rusher was Andre Williams who only had 33 yards on 13 carries.
CB Zack Bowman and S Quintin Demps intercepted passes. LB Jameel McClain forced a fumble that S Antrel Rolle recovered. DE Jason Pierre-Paul and Demps also forced fumbles that the Giants did not recover. DT Johnathan Hankins and DE Robert Ayers each had one sack.
Inactive for the Giants were RB Rashad Jennings (knee), OG Adam Snyder (knee), OG Brandon Mosley, OT James Brewer, DE Kerry Wynn, DT Jay Bromley, and CB Mike Harris.