OL stumbles at most critical juncture

All year long, the Giants offensive line has played well above expectations. Yet on a weekly basis there were always penalties that somewhat sabotaged their efforts. That previously minor problem exploded in Seattle, as the offensive line was flagged nine times, including left tackle Luke Petitgout being called for five false starts.

"I let the team down," a despondent Petitgout said afterward. "It was embarrassing. It was an embarrassment to my family, my team, everybody. It was ridiculous. I can't tell you why."

Neither could head coach Tom Coughlin, who has warned his O-line for weeks that they needed to clean up their play. He said the Qwest Field noise level wasn't an excuse.

"We practice with noise," he said. "Obviously it was very loud here. The poise and the noise and the idea of not having the number of false starts we had, that's ridiculous."

Not to be outdone, left guard David Diehl chipped in with three false starts and a holding penalty of his own.

"A lot of times I couldn't hear anything," Diehl said. "I was right next to Eli and I couldn't hear him. This is the loudest it's been, and there's nothing you can say, nothing you can do. There's no excuse for it."

Both Jeremy Shockey and Eli Manning refused to use the noise as an excuse.

"Some of our jumps we were using a silent cadence," Manning explained. "I don't know what we were jumping on some. We can't afford to set ourselves back like that too many times in a game."

"I don't think it was the crowd, it might have been the crowd, I don't know," Shockey added. "Anytime you have a lot of penalties like that as a team, it's hard to overcome them."

JJ does ‘em in: Boy doesn't Ernie Accorsi wish he could have Joe Jurevicius back. The former Giants 1998 second-round pick was the main reason the Seahawks were able to knock off the Giants. New York's undermanned secondary had no answer for Jurevicius, who continued to make big catch after big catch, including two touchdowns.

"It's where I got my start," said Jurevicius, who gained 137 yards on eight catches. "But I'm not there anymore. I'm a Seattle Seahawk, and maybe some of that rode over. Like I said, (New York's) a first-class organization, but I'm proud to be a Seahawk."

"Joe had a big game and we needed every one of his catches," Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said. "He was big in this game. That was one of the fellows we brought in in the offseason that has helped this football team immeasurably this season."

Osi answers the bell: One of the matchups most experts believed the Giants would lose in this contest was RDE Osi Umenyiora going up against Seattle's Walter Jones, widely considered one of the game's best left tackles. This one was all Umenyiora. He finished the game with eight tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble, and basically had his way with Jones all afternoon long. Umenyiora now has 10 sacks on the season.

After the game, Antonio Pierce, no slouch to defensive dominance himself, was widely singing Umenyiora's praises.

Barber just grand: Tiki Barber never ceases to amaze. One season after setting an all-time club mark with 1,518 rushing yards, Barber is on pace to shatter that this season. Barber topped the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth consecutive season on a short run in the second period.

With 1,118 yards this year, Barber needs to average 80 yards a game during his final five contests to reach last year's mark. Count on him topping that with ease.

Elsewhere in the statistical department, Plaxico Burress already has 60 catches for 928 yards.

Webster gets the nod: Corey Webster endured the usual highs and lows of someone making his first NFL start. He finished the game by leading the Giants with 10 solo tackles. However, on several plays he gave his receiver way too much cushion and allowed plays in front of him. He was credited with batting one pass away, and also made a great open-field tackle on Seahawks fullback Mack Strong, but Webster was also flagged once for defensive holding. His most memorable play came late in the opening period when he had perfect coverage on Jurevicius, but had the much taller receiver out-jump him for a 35-yard TD.

Record-breaker: Jeff Feagles is now the NFL's new iron-man. After weeks of anticipation, Feagles booted a 39-yard punt midway through the first quarter to participate in his 283rd consecutive game, breaking Jim Marshall's previous mark of 282 straight.

After the play, one of the officials handed Feagles the ball while a photographer ran onto the field to capture the moment.

Quirky stat of the week: Give yourself a big pat on the back if you knew that Brent Alexander, of all people, leads the Giants with three interceptions.

Inactives: Willie Ponder was again on the inactive list, as Chad Morton handled both the kickoff and punt return duties, and handled them well. Morton averaged 25.3 yards on four kickoff returns and 8.3 yards on six punt returns. Besides WR Jamaar Taylor, DE Adrian Awasom and DT Kenderick Allen, the rest of New York's inactives in Seattle were injured – CB Will Peterson (back), S Shaun Williams (hamstring) and DT William Joseph (elbow). Jared Lorenzen was the third quarterback.

Series lead: The Giants still lead the all-time series 7-4 after losing their first ever game at Qwest Field. This was New York's first trip to Seattle in 10 years. In November 1995 the Seahawks beat Big Blue 30-28 as Rick Mirer threw two TDs to Brian Blades and Joey Galloway returned a punt 89 yards for a touchdown. Playoff picture: The Seahawks sit atop the NFC with a 9-2 mark, trailed closely by Chicago and Carolina, who are both 8-3. The 7-4 Giants reside in the next tier along with Dallas, Tampa Bay and Atlanta.

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