Xs & Os: A review of the Giants by Position

Here is a breakdown of how each position faired in the game against Seattle.


Eli Manning completed 12-of-14 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Manning floated a pass toward double-covered WR Amani Toomer, which allowed FS Ken Hamlin to out-leap Toomer for an interception in the first quarter. Hamlin returned it 26 yards to the Giants' 27 and Seattle took a 21-0 lead four plays later. On their previous series, Manning telegraphed a throw into double coverage, Hamlin stepped in front of WR Plaxico Burress and brought back the pick to the Giants' 15. That turnover led to Seattle taking a 14-0 lead just 7:59 into the game. Bottom Line: Manning remained composed amid all his teammates' mistakes.


Tiki Barber wasn't much of a factor because of the huge early deficit, but seven of his 14 carries accounted for six yards or more. Bottom Line: Barber played well when given the ball.


WR Plaxico Burress' fumble late in the second quarter essentially ended any chance the Giants had to make the game competitive. Already down 28-0, Burress caught a 23-yard pass, but allowed RCB Marcus Trufant to strip him. Seattle SLB Leroy Hill recovered it at Seattle's 32 and the Seahawks went up 35-0 seven plays later. Down 21-0 earlier in the second, Burress ruined another chance to get back in the game when a perfectly thrown Manning pass bounced off his hands and into the arms of SS Michael Boulware at Seattle's 37. Burress was also flagged for pass interference on their previous drive, a push of LCB Kelly Herndon that negated his 13-yard, first-down reception near the sideline. Bottom Line: Someone should've been yelling at Burress on the sideline.


LG David Diehl's false start moved the Giants back into a third-and-six situation from their own 20 early in the first quarter. On the following play, Diehl, while helping Petitgout block RDE Grant Wistrom, allowed blitzing DE-LB Darryl Tapp to run right through his lane for an 11-yard sack. The Seahawks got the ball back and went up 14-0. LT Luke Petitgout was whistled for only one false start, after a five-false start disaster last season in Seattle. Bottom Line: Protection wasn't among their numerous problems.


DT Fred Robbins was whistled for encroachment and then showed a lack of self control by knocking down QB Matt Hasselbeck after officials blew a second-and-10 play dead at the Giants' 15 in the first quarter. The half-the-distance personal foul penalty moved the Seahawks to the 7 and they went up 14-0 two plays later. LT Walter Jones returned the favor on RDE Osi Umenyiora, making him a complete non-factor by never really allowing him near Hasselbeck. Bottom Line: Is something wrong with Michael Strahan?


MLB Antonio Pierce's pressure forced Hasselbeck to make a terrible throw toward WR Bobby Engram, one nickel back R.W. McQuarters intercepted and returned for a 27-yard touchdown with 9:30 to go. LG Chris Spencer overpowered Pierce at the line of scrimmage to blow open a huge hole for RB Shaun Alexander's two-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Bottom Line: They didn't do much until it was too late.


Nickel back R.W. McQuarters wasn't aligned properly, made his break entirely too late and allowed wide-open TE Will Heller to catch a 10-yard touchdown that put the Seahawks ahead 28-0 with 5:27 to play before halftime. RCB Sam Madison looked lost in coverage and appeared to not cover anyone on two Hasselbeck touchdown tosses into the end zone in the first quarter, a 12-yarder to Nate Burleson and a four-yarder to Darrell Jackson. Bottom Line: And we thought they looked lost early in Philadelphia?


KR Chad Morton returned one 51 yards, but averaged only 22.5 yards on his five other kickoff returns. He gained 15 yards on the one punt he was able to return, though. K Jay Feely got plenty of leg behind his lone FG attempt, a 46-yarder at the end of the first half. Bottom Line: They didn't do much here to help or hurt the cause.


Not going to a no-huddle offense until there were six minutes left was bewildering. They had so much success using it a week earlier, and as Seattle scored touchdown after touchdown, time was precious. Benching a banged-up Burress before halftime was the most constructive coaching move Tom Coughlin made in this game. It provided rare reinforcement that no one is above being removed from a game based on performance. Bottom Line: They didn't quit, but can Coughlin still argue he is coaching a disciplined team?

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