What can you say about the day Eli Manning had? He was 7-for-7 at the end of the first quarter. And 15-for-18 by halftime with a QB rating of 137, compared to Matt Hasselbeck who left in the 3rd quarter with a 46.7 rating. Not only did he make sure rookie Mario Manningham collected his first NFL catch, he tossed Santana Moss's little bro, Sinorice Moss his first NFL TD, a 23-yard strike in second quarter. All in all, Manning spread the wealth 8 different receivers. He finished with 19-of-25, 267 yards and 2 TDs.
Bottom Line: Manning continues to eclipse Peyton's shadow. He's his own Mann now.
RB Brandon Jacobs seemed to knock the snot out of every defender on the Seahawks and even knocked into his own guys from time to time – sorry Amani! He finished with 15 carries for 136 yards, 2 TDs and a 9.1 yard average. Derrick Ward slugged out another 40 yards on just 7 carries. Even Ahmad Bradshaw piled up impressive garbage yardage, toting the rock for an easy 65 yards on 11 carries – all in the 4th quarter.
Bottom Line: 254 yards on the ground and a W will always make an old-school dude like Tom Coughlin smile.
WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS
Not only did WR Domenik Hixon put up Burress-type yards in a single half, the rest of the receiving corps more than stepped up. Toomer had 4 catches for 64 yards, rookie Mario Manningham had his first NFL grab. And Sinorice Moss (you remember that 2006 second-round draft pick!) scored his first 2 NFL TDs. Ever. Oh, yes. TE Kevin Boss had a catch for 6 yards, but did his most damage blocking.
Bottom Line: Hurry back Plax . . . especially if you want to join in on the fun.
Let's see, the running game plowed through for 254 yards; the passing game for over 272 yards. Yup, looks like the O-line did A+ OK! The one downer was RT Kareem McKenzie suffered a concussion in the first half. We'll find out soon enough if he'll be able to go next week. Said guard Rich Seubert: "Things were just going right for us . . . we just didn't let up. We'll enjoy it today, but tomorrow it's get ready for Cleveland."
Bottom Line: Big Blue's line continues to knock d-lines out of the way.
By the 4th quarter, Seattle backup QB Seneca Wallace was taking snaps. Starter Matt Hasselbeck finished the day completing just 11-of-21 for 105 yards and an interception. The Giants D-line was in his face the whole day. Props to all the guys upfront: LDE Justin Tuck, NT Barry Cofield, and especially DT Fred Robbins, and RDE Mathias Kiwanuka who handled Pro Bowl tackle Walter Jones. Said Cofield: "They were trying to run behind Walter Jones. If I were the Seahawks I'd run behind Walter Jones too. He's a great player."
Bottom Line: The D-line was as solid as Robbins's immovable frame.
MLB Antonio Pierce, SLB Danny Clark, WLK Gerris Wilkinson, Chase Blackburn and company kept the Seahawks 2nd-ranked rushing attack (before the game) to just 74 yards with no run longer than 8 yards. Pierce had 4 tackles, Blackburn and Clark had 3 apiece.
Bottom Line: The Seahawks run game went nowhere.
Backup LCB Kevin Dockery had the team's only interception when Matt Hasselbeck telegraphed a pass right to him. The fun began after Dockery's pick when he pirouetted and zigzagged down the field for 44 yards like the second-coming of Broncos great Floyd Little. "I was thinking touchdown," said Dockery, who admitted to playing a little RB in high school to the tune of 2,500 yards rushing. "The offense was scoring so much, I was trying to get the defense to match them."
Bottom Line: According to Dockery, the game plan was to "hit and harass" and he and the rest of the DBs did that in spades.
K John Carney continued his pursuit of perfection going 3-for-3 and making all 5 extra points. That gives the kicking "candidate" 12-for-12 on field goals this season, and a big decision for Tom Coughlin to elect a kicker with Lawrence Tynes now healthy. Oh, yeah. Punter Jeff Feagles punted just twice including a 56 yarder.
Bottom Line: Special teams definitely got their kicks
Hats off to all coaches. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride kept the offensive attack vertical even without Plaxico Burress. And the defense, held a previous powerful Seahawks offense to just 2 field goals. Of course, covering a Giants game wouldn't be complete without a grossly understated quote from Tom Coughlin: "Our execution seemed to be pretty good, (although) I haven't seen the tape."
Bottom Line: Offense, defense and special teams all excelled. That's coaching and players following the game plan to a Big Blue T.
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