Week 13 Review: New York Giants Defeat the Seattle Seahawks

The New York Giants remained atop the NFC East after their fourth straight win, a victory over the Seattle Seahawks, 17-12.

New York were 11-point underdogs and are the first team in the NFC East this season to beat an opponent with a winning record.

The Giants forced Seattle into a 4th-and-18 near midfield following a Leonard Williams sack, and the defense knocked down the jump ball to solidify the win.

The first drive of the game saw Seattle move the ball down the field quickly, with the notable play being a Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockett 24-yard connection.

The next three throws were incompletions, the last being a solid pass breakup from Jabrill Peppers on a ball intended for Jacob Hollister in the end zone. Seattle settled for the field goal.

Both teams’ next drive were three-and-outs, but the Giants’ following drive saw four 10+ yard completions by Colt McCoy to place the offense in the red zone.

The first throw, inside the 20, was meant for Evan Engram, tipped by Ryan Neal and intercepted by Quandre Diggs.

With the Seahawks again in Giants territory, Jabrill Peppers came off the edge and gained his second sack of the year and stalled the drive.

The Giants’ next drive ended with a sack from the secondary as well, with Jamal Adams taking down McCoy. He led the Hawks with 11 tackles.

Midway through the second quarter, Seattle converted a third down, a 12-yard reception for D.K. Metcalf, his first catch of the game. The next third down, from the Giants 47, was a snap mishandled by Wilson and was recovered by Niko Lalos.

The Giants couldn’t get points off the turnover after a drop from Sterling Shepard on second down. The next Seahawks drive started at their eight but reached the Giants zone after three first-down conversions.

Blake Martinez then made a tackle in the backfield on a throw to Carlos Hyde, which he fumbled but was jumped on by the offense. Seattle punted for the third time in the half.

The Giants inside their own five went three-and-out, but the punt attempt was blocked, and luckily for New York, rolled out of the end zone for only a safety. Big Blue entered halftime down 5-0.

Both teams’ first drive of the second half ended with a punt.

On the second play of the Giants’ next drive, Wayne Gallman broke off a 60-yard run. Two plays later, Alfred Morris found pay dirt, and then McCoy hit Sterling Shepard in the right-back corner of the end zone to add two points and give New York a three-point lead. 

The response from Seattle was three completions but set up a 4th-and-1; Wilson rolled out but was tracked down by Carter Coughlin and forced an off-balance throw meant for Carson.

The following Giants drive was another quick scoring one, with three rushes for 39 yards from Gallman and a six-yard pass to Morris. It was Alfred Morris’ first receiving touchdown of his career.

The extra point was missed, but the lead extended to 14-5.

With just over ten minutes left, Wilson again looked for Carson. It went off his hands, deflected by Tae Crowder and hauled in by Darnay Holmes. The Giants, though, settled for three even with the good field position. 

Seattle down 12 needed two scores with nine minutes left. The Hawks converted two third downs and faced another third down, but Darnay Holmes held Tyler Lockett to move the chains.

Wilson finished the drive with a 28-yard connection to Carson to make it a one-possession game.

The Giants’ next drive managed to take 4:21 off the clock courtesy of two third-down throws that moved the chains.

Seattle’s final drive reached their own 46 and ultimately fell short.

Colt McCoy went 13-of-22 for 105 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT. Wayne Gallman had 16 carries for 135 yards.

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