Stat worth noting II: Tiki Barber averaged 5.8 yards per carry en route to 151 yards; Shaun Alexander only averaged 3.5 on his 110 ground yards.
Turning point: With the Giants leading, 13-7, and driving in Seattle territory midway through the third quarter, Eli Manning made a colossal mistake. Under pressure, he overthrew Amani Toomer by a good 10 yards, and the ball was picked off by Michael Boulware. "I have to feel that pressure and know not to throw it," Manning said. While the Hawks didn't turn that TO directly into points, all New York's momentum was lost.
Play to remember: It's obvious that Jeremy Shockey is playing in some serious pain. However, he took Marquand Manuel's best shot, held on and scored the Giants first touchdown of the game late in the opening half. A replay confirmed that Shockey had possession of the ball long enough before Manuel's big hit jarred it free.
Plays to forget: On one second-quarter drive, the Giants were called for five false starts. Luke Petitgout collected his second penalty of the day, followed by false starts on Plaxico Burress and David Diehl. Then, believe it or not, Frank Walker was flagged twice for false starts before the Giants punted the ball away.
By the numbers
0: Number of games in the NFC East standings separating the Giants and Cowboys, who meet Sunday at Giants Stadium.
7: Number of false start penalties called on the Giants in the first half alone. They finished with 11.
10: Team-high number of tackles for rookie corner Corey Webster, who was making his first NFL start.
38: Length of D.J. Hackett's catch in OT that set Seattle up for the win.
What they said
"That is a gut-wrenching way to lose a game. We have to clean up the penalties and all the sloppiness. It's just an empty feeling when you lose like that." – Giants coach Tom Coughlin
"Nobody gave up. That is the difference between this team and teams from the past. We are not going to accept ‘no'." – Seahawks guard Steve Hutchinson
What went right
The Giants in the first half did a better job on Shaun Alexander than anyone all season long. He ended up topping 100 yards, but needed almost five quarters to do so.
New York's defensive line more than held its own against Seattle's vaunted offensive line. Osi Umenyiora had a decided edge over Walter Jones all afternoon. The defensive front pressured and hit Matt Hasselbeck all game, getting good contact on him at least a dozen times.
Eli Manning led yet another last-second comeback, forcing overtime on the road for the second time this season. His TD throw to Amani Toomer and ensuing two-point conversion bullet to Jeremy Shockey with 1:59 to play were beautiful.
New York won the turnover battle, losing only Manning's INT while forcing Seattle to cough it up twice.
What went wrong
Jay Feely, who's been basically automatic all year, missed the first crucial kick he's had this season, a 40-yarder as regulation ended. He then twice came up short in OT on a 54-yarder and 45-yarder.
The Giants defense had no answer for the Penn State boys as Seattle romped to the game's first touchdown. Bobby Engram drew a 25-yard pass interference penalty and then Joe Jurevicius caught an 11-yard pass and a 35-yard touchdown on consecutive plays. Jurevicius finished with eight catches for 137 yards and two TDs.
The Giants missed a golden opportunity for an easy score when holding penalties on Chase Blackburn and Eric Moore negated Chad Morton's lengthy kickoff return to the Seattle 4-yard line late in the opening period.
Penalties have been a huge problem for New York all season long, none more so than in Seattle, when they were flagged 16 times for an astounding 114 yards in losses.
Giants: 21, Seahawks: 24 (OT)
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