By Shannon Sanchez // @ShannonSanchez3
Seattle Seahawks 27 – New York Giants 7
We had two weeks to recover and get prepared for this next rollercoaster ride with our beloved Seahawks. In those two weeks, I was able to come to the certain conclusion that we are never going to enjoy a predictable win. The first half was proof of my hypothesis about the season so far. The most glaring example was our five-minute flounder in the red zone which ended in zero points.
Going into halftime, the Seahawks left at least 14 points on the field because of key drops. Tight end Jimmy Graham was the culprit of two dropped passes including one in the end zone. Running back Thomas Rawls dropped another with the open field in front of him. Penalties by the offensive line stalled the drive, with guard Germaine Ifedi, committing three. The only turnover of the half by Rawls resulted in a touchdown by quarterback Eli Manning to tight end Evan Engram. Cameras showed a sideline exchange between wide receiver Doug Baldwin, offensive line coach Tom Cable, and quarterback Russell Wilson although later the situation looked like all had cooled off.
In spite of all that, Seattle’s defense was stellar, giving up only 4 first downs for a total of 42 yards in the first half. Showing his heroic moves, cornerback Richard Sherman, batted the ball away from wide receiver Tavarres King saving what appeared to be a certain touchdown. That drive was the only Giants drive that came close to a scoring threat. At the end of the second quarter New York 7 and Seattle 3.
The second half was another story. The defense came out strong, just like in the first half. On the second drive of the second half, Wilson opened up the passing game. A 29-yard pass to Graham and then a 23-yard pass to wide receiver Paul Richardson, set up a first a goal on the 7-yard line. After an unnecessary roughness call on guard Mark Glowinski, the Seahawks were backed up to the 22. The next play, from the shotgun, Wilson finds Baldwin on a deep middle route for 22 yards and a touchdown. It was then Seattle 10 , New York 7.
At the beginning of the 4th quarter, the Giants tried to tie the game with a field goal, but kicker Aldrick Rosas missed and the score remained the same. On the next Giants drive defensive tackle Jerron Reed forced a fumble and defensive end Frank Clark recovered it giving the ball back to the Seahawks on the Giants’ 38. The first play was a toss to running back JD McKissic who tossed back to Wilson. Wilson then launched a 38-yard touchdown pass deep left to wide receiver Paul Richardson. Both Richardson and Giant’s’ safety Landon Collins came down with it but the call on the field was a touchdown and it stood after review. Seattle 17 and New York 7.
After that Seattle’s offense took over ending with a five-minute drive that resulted in another touchdown, this one to Graham who was able to come up with a catch on a similar play to the one he dropped in the first quarter. Wilson ended the game with a passer rating 121.1 offense has a total of 425 yards. The defense held the Giants to 177 yards.
From the dark cloud that was the first half with drops, sacks, fumble, and a sideline squabble to a decisive final score of 24 to 7, Seahawks fans are left scratching their heads. Wondering why they were so worried for the first 30 football minutes. Hopefully, we won’t remember why during the first 30 minutes of next week’s game.
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