Giants Crush Seahawks 41-7

Neither noise nor idleness bothered the Giants as they pounded the Seahawks in their first win in Seattle since 1981. They remain in first place of the NFC East, and only total collapse stands between them and the playoffs.

Five straight wins. The biggest first-half lead since 1959. No signs whatsoever of the bye-week blues.

One could not ask for much more in the Giants' 41-7 win over the Seahawks. Now, at 6-2 at the midpoint of the season and in first place of the NFC East, the Giants can definitely start thinking playoffs, especially with the imploding Cowboys coming up next week.

Nothing bothered the Giants this day. Not the crowd, which they took out of the game immediately with touchdowns on five straight possessions. Along the way, they converted two Charlie Whitehurst interceptions and a Leon Washington fumble into touchdowns.

Their 35-0 halftime lead marked their largest since 1959 against the Redskins.

THE GOOD:

Red Zone Offense: Seattle was second in the league in Red Zone defense, but the Giants were 4-for-4 in touchdowns until the Seahawks forced them to settle for a third-quarter field goal.

Eli Manning: He was outstanding in throwing three touchdown passes in the first half, and he finished 21-of-32 for 290 yards before he came out in the fourth quarter for Sage Rosenfels. He didn't throw an interception.

Kevin Boss: In his first return to his native area, Boss caught his first touchdown pass of the season, a 6-yard throw between two defenders in the back of the end zone to give the Giants a 35-0 halftime lead.

Running Game: Ahmad Bradshaw did not have another 100-yard performance, but the ground game was very balanced as Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs combined for 135 of the Giants' 200-yard total. Bradshaw also scored two touchdowns to go along with his 57 yards, while Jacobs had 78 yards on 11 carries.

Hakeem Nicks: He keeps making big plays. This time, he had six catches for 128 yards that included a 46-yard touchdown catch.

Defense: Running game, nothing. Charlie Whitehurst, non-factor. Too bad Corey Webster couldn't catch up to Ben Obomanu in the fourth quarter, or they would have pitched a shutout. As it was, they outgained Seattle 487-162 and held them to eight first downs the whole game. Not a bad showing, eh? Oh, and Terrell Thomas and Corey Webster had first-half interceptions the Giants turned into touchdowns.

Special Teams: Will Blackmon didn't look bad at all in the punt return game, with a 9.7-yard average on three returns. And give a lot of credit to Travis Beckum and Jonathan Goff for the hit and scoop of Leon Washington's kickoff fumble that produced the third touchdown and quieted the crowd permanently.

 

THE BAD:

 Tom Coughlin: It's certainly debatable, but should Manning have been out earlier than the end of the third quarter? The game was well in hand before the Giants made it 41-0, and the chances of a cheap shot by a frustrated defender put his franchise guy at significant risk. Manning came out unscathed, so no harm done. But what if there was?

Kevin Boss: Just a little nitpick, as it turns out, but he did cough up the ball early in the game. That gets buried deep underneath the ensuing offensive onslaught.

Pass Rush: Charlie Whitehurst lasted the whole game. Does that count as a negative?


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