Stat worth noting: On the first series Giants running back Brandon Jacobs eclipsed the longest run of his career with a 44 yard gain. Seemingly surprised to be in the open field, Jacobs appeared to slow up to look for a defender to hit, perhaps, knowing he didn't have the speed to take it to the house.
Stat worth noting II: It didn't take long to know Eli Manning was going to have a big day. That was evident by the end of the first quarter: He was a perfect 7-for-7 for 145 yards and a TD.
Turning point: The big run by Jacobs on the Giants 3rd play on offense. Following a 9-yard catch by Brandon Jacobs and a 6-yard run, Jacobs busted through the Seahawks defense for that game-turning 44 yards. The ease in which Big Blue began to manhandle the ‘Hawks D made it clear that there was not an ounce of rust on the uniforms after the bye.
Play to remember: Domenik Hixon's 32-yard TD catch on the Giants first drive, a pump-and-go by Eli Manning that was eerily similar to Plaxico Burress's winning TD in the Super Bowl.
Play to forget: Hixon's 4th and final catch of the day, a terrific 16-yarder to give him 102 yards in less than a half of football. Unfortunately, Seahawk's backup cornerback Josh Wilson thumped Hixon with a senseless helmet-to-helmet lick that resulted in a concussion, although Hixon said, "I'm fine" after the game. No doubt the hit will garner a fine from the league.
What went right
The Giants offense was as hot as Joe Torre and didn't seem to let up the entire game. On their first offensive series starting on the 9-yard line, New York drove 91 yards in just four plays 32-yard TD pass from quarterback Eli Manning to Domenik Hixon on beautiful pump-and-go route in the left front corner of the end zone. Running back Brandon Jacobs accounted for the rest of the yards on two carries for 50 yards and one catch for 9.
The offense's second drive was equally impressive going 75 yards in 6 plays culminating in the Brandon-ator bulling it over from 3 yards with superb blocks on the right side from Chris Snee and Kareem McKenzie to build a 14-3 lead.
Big Blue D's shut down a previously potent Seattle offense. QB Matt Hasselbeck hurt his right knee on the first series when he was hit by DT Fred Robbins high and DE Justin Tuck low following a third-and-five incompletion. Although Hasselbeck returned the next series, he and his offensive mates knew the hurt was on for the rest of the game. Case in point: the Seahawks were just 1-of-11 converting on 3rd downs.
What went wrong
After Hasselbeck limped back on the field for the second series of the game, the Giants stifled the Seahawks drive at midfield . . . until safety James Butler kept the drive going with an unnecessary roughness penalty away from the play. Then cornerback Corey Webster held the following play to give the Giants a 1st-and-10 at Seattle's 16 yard line. But the defense held and the Seahawks had to settle for 30-yard field goal.
Seahawks were able to travel 49-yards in six plays, aided again by two penalties, for an easy field goal just before the half. Giants backup defensive end Dave Tollefson's facemask penalty following the game's only sack allowed the Seahawks to kick an easy 30-yard yard field goal with seconds left.
The only thing stopping Big Blue on this day was itself. They had 5 penalties for 56 yards, while the inept Seahawks were flagged with just two.
4 – Number of plays it took the Giants offense to score a TD the first time they had the ball
6 – Number of plays it took the offense to score a TD the second time they had the ball
6 – Number of plays it took the offense to score a TD the first time they had the ball in the second half.
"We wanted to hold them to a whole lot less than 6 (points)," – nose tackle Barry Cofield, who combined for 7 tackles, 5 unassisted.
"We did a poor job of tackling, a poor job of getting off of blocks. We did a poor job of every thing." – Seahawks defensive end Patrick Kerney, who finished with just 2 tackles.
Game Story: Giants 44, Seahawks 6
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