Week 12 Game Recap: New York Giants 21, Seattle Seahawks 24
What you need to know
QB Eli Manning played an outstanding game, completing 29 of 53 passes for 344 yards and a pair of touchdowns. More important than his stat line was the maturity he showed in dealing with a variety of adverse situations on the field. His offensive line had significant pre-snap difficulties in handling the Seahawks’ shifting defense and a boisterous Seattle home crowd, but Manning still managed to make numerous big plays necessary to give his team chances to win. His lone interception came when he was hit just as he released the ball and it landed in safety Michael Boulware’s arms, well short of its intended target.
TE Jeremy Shockey put on a possession-receiving clinic in leading the Giant’s receiving corps with ten catches for 127 yards, one touchdown and a two point conversion grab. He took some monster hits and was visibly shaken up more than once in this game, but played through whatever pain he was experiencing. His second quarter touchdown catch was reviewed because he was hit hard and coughed up the ball, but he was ruled to have controlled the ball with both feet down before the defender got to him.
WR Plaxico Burress had a strong statistical game, catching six balls for 109 yards on 14 targets. What doesn’t show up in the stat line is the absolute beauty of three of his catches. He looked like a healthy Randy Moss plucking balls out of the air that were high and/or behind him in clutch situations. What also doesn’t show in the stat line is the miscommunication between Burress and Manning, which accounted for at least three incompletions.
Giants’ penalties played a significant role in this game, particularly on one offensive drive in the second quarter. New York began the drive at their own 34 yard line. Nine plays and five false start penalties later, they finally got off a successful punt on fourth and 22 from their 22 yard line. They finished the first half with 11 penalties and the game with 16 penalties for a Raider-like total of 114 yards. Amazingly, 11 of the 16 flags were for false starts.
Unfortunately for the Giants, the story of the game will be kicker Jay Feely’s three missed field goals, one in the final seconds of regulation and two in overtime.
Head Coach Mike Holmgren and the Seahawks did the unexplainable in the first half of this game, giving the ball to RB Shaun Alexander only seven times on 25 offensive plays from scrimmage. Consequently, Alexander was limited to only 16 first half yards and Seattle went into the locker room down by three points. In the second half, it looked as though the pattern would continue until common sense took over on Seattle’s third offensive possession and Alexander strung together runs of 7, 4, 9 and 20 yards, culminating in a Joe Jurevicius touchdown. Alexander finished the game with 110 yards on 31 carries and one trip to pay dirt. At times it looked like the Giants’ defense had Alexander’s number, limiting him to two yards or less on a whopping 15 carries, but he pulled out some clutch runs when they were needed.
WR Joe Jurevicius had a career game, catching eight passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. He used his significant height advantage in catching his first quarter touchdown pass over rookie DB Corey Webster. Jurevicius also led the Seahawks in targets with 13. It’s hard to say what his role will be when Darrell Jackson returns, but Jurevicius has certainly been a clutch acquisition thus far this season.
The Seahawks’ played ferocious defense in the first half, confusing the Giants’ offense with loads of movement in the backfield. They put excellent pressure on the quarterback, but recorded only one sack in the game. The Seattle home crowd really got into the game and further added to QB Eli Manning’s first half woes. The Giants won the time of possession battle in every period except overtime and Seattle’s defense seemed to really wear down. They gave New York plenty of opportunities to finish off this game.
What you ought to know
|QB Eli Manning, Pass: 29 - 53 - 344 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 15 - 0|
Manning had career highs in completions with 29, pass attempts with 53, and passing yards with 344. He showed excellent movement and decision-making in the pocket, taking only one sack from the NFL’s sack leading team. Manning’s third quarter interception came when he threw just as a defender hit him and the ball fell well short of his receiver.
|RB Tiki Barber, Rush: 26 - 151 - 0, Rec: 5 - 27 - 0 (9 targets)|
Barber became the first running back this season to hang 100+ yards on the Seahawks’ defense, finishing with 151 yards on 26 carries. He also added five catches for 27 yards, but did not find the end zone. His 49 yard break-away run in the overtime period seemed to seal the victory for the Giants, but PK Jay Feely missed from 45 yards.
The fullback caught two of his three targets for 19 yards.
Burress recorded his third 100 yard game of the season and looked amazing doing it. Although he and Manning missed each other at least three times due to miscommunication, Burress’ catches were clutch and he showed outstanding concentration and great hands.
Toomer made an amazing touchdown catch in the back of the end zone with two minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks challenged the call, but it was upheld after review. This touchdown allowed the Giants to tie the game with a two-point conversion. He finished the game with 62 yards on six catches and the aforementioned touchdown.
Carter was targeted twice, including once in the red zone, but did not record a catch.
Shockey recovered from last week’s single catch, one yard outing with a huge game. He fumbled his first half touchdown catch after taking a huge hit, but the play survived a booth review and his touchdown was recorded. He also caught the game tying two point conversion that sent the game into overtime. Shockey finished as the team’s leading receiver with ten catches for 127 yards.
Feely missed three game winning field goal opportunities. Suffice to say, he is not a very popular guy in the Giants’ locker room right now.
The Giants’ defense seemed to have Shaun Alexander’s number for a good portion of the game, limiting him to two yards or less on 15 of his 31 carries. Alexander had only three double-digit runs, the longest being 20 yards, but he did go over the century mark.
DE Osi Umenyiora played a superb game, beating Pro Bowl tackle Walter Jones repeatedly, recording two sacks and a number of hits on QB Matt Hasselbeck. The secondary played well, but were overmatched by the size of Seahawks’ WR Joe Jurevicius.
Hasselbeck has become the prototype of quarterback efficiency, completing roughly two-thirds of his passes game in and game out. This game was no different as Hasselbeck completed 21 of 37 passes for two touchdowns and only one interception. He saw quite a bit of pressure and took three sacks. His lone interception should have been thrown out of bounds as Hasselbeck was well out of the pocket and nearly sacked when he made the errant throw.
For only the second time this season, Alexander’s carries numbered in the 30s and he needed this high number of attempts to break the century mark in yardage. The Giants’ defense was a challenge for Alexander, limiting him to two yards or less on half of his carries and allowing a long of only 20 yards. He finished with 110 yards and a nice second effort touchdown.
|RB Mack Strong, Rush: 1 - 10 - 0, Rec: 3 - 18 - 0 (3 targets)|
Strong contributed 28 combined yards to the Seahawks’ effort.
Jurevicius had a career day, recording 137 yards on eight catches and a pair of touchdowns. He used every bit of his five inch height advantage in out jumping rookie cornerback Corey Webster for his first quarter touchdown. He made the clutch catches when Hasselbeck needed him and was far and away the team’s receiving leader in this game.
Engram did not enjoy a very good outing, catching six passes for only 34 yards and he still hasn’t found the end zone this season. Engram also lost a momentum shifting fumble after picking up a Seattle first down in the second quarter.
Hackett caught only two passes in this game, but one was a clutch 38 yard strike on second and 21 in the overtime period.
The Seahawks opened the game with a four receiver set and Warrick caught the Hasselbeck pass for a nine-yard gain. He was invisible for the remainder of the game.
Stevens did not record a catch in this game, primarily because he was needed in pass protection.
Brown hit all three of hit PATs and the game winning 36 yard field goal.
Coming into this game, the Seahawks’ defense had not allowed a 100 yard rusher yet this season. Tiki Barber changed that, recording 151 yards on 26 carries, but he needed an overtime period to do it. Barber was stopped behind the line of scrimmage four times, but had seven runs of seven yards or greater.
The NFL’s sack leading unit put fair pressure on Manning in the first half, sending only three or four rushers more often than not and providing excellent coverage on the Giants’ receivers. When they turned up the heat with a blitz, Manning responded with some success, finding open receivers quickly. The Seahawks recorded one interception and their only sack late in the third quarter.