Seattle Shut-Out Marks Some Historic Giant Woes

By Jon Wagner

In winding down a lost season, the New York Giants lost by 23 points for the second straight week on Sunday — this time, they turned back the clock to the type of offensive futility that Giants fans haven’t suffered through since the mid-1990s.

Enduring a 23-0 blanking by the NFL-best Seattle Seahawks (12-2) at MetLife Stadium, the Giants (5-9) — who hadn’t been shut out at home since a 2005 playoff defeat to the Carolina Panthers by the same score — and who ironically lost to that team, 38-0, in Carolina, in Week 3 this year, were held scoreless twice in a season for the first time in 17 years, and were shut out at home for the first time since the opening week of the prior season.

That loss was a 35-0 defeat to Dallas, a game that was the inaugural one called by well-known Giants radio play-by-play announcer Bob Papa, on September 4, 1995.

Toward the end of Seattle’s victory, Papa, noting the Seahawks’ unyielding aggression, even with a big lead, compared Seattle’s intensity to a popular television show on the Discovery Channel. “I know they’re called the Seahawks, but this feels like ‘Shark Week,’” he said.

New York’s defeat clinched the first losing season in the decade-long era of head coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning since the two teamed up for the first time during a 6-10 year in 2004. Since then the Giants had produced a pair of 8-8 years and six winning seasons, two of which finished with NFL titles, in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.

Meanwhile, having positioned themselves well to secure the top seed in the NFC playoffs, the Seahawks hope to return to the same field against much stronger competition than the Giants were able to offer, in seven weeks, when MetLife Stadium hosts Super Bowl XLVIII.

If Seattle — which finished the road portion of its schedule at a franchise best 6-2 — can continue to play anywhere near as well as it did while dominating New York, the Seahawks might very well not have to leave home again until they reach their second Super Bowl and possibly win their first on the Giants’ home field.

Manning (18-for-31, 156 yards, three sacks), who faced pressure throughout the game, threw a career-high five interceptions (two each by corner backs Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell) and also tied a career mark for a season with his 25th pick, with two weeks still to play.

Although New York was still within two touchdowns, down 13-0, at halftime, the Giants were outgained, 209-54 yards, and Seattle had a dozen of the game’s 14 first downs by that point.

After the teams traded punts on their initial possessions, the Seahawks took over at the New York 42-yard line after another Giants punt and a 19-yard return, to set up a 49-yard field goal that gave Seattle a 3-0 first-quarter lead.

Late in the second quarter, the Seahawks turned Manning’s first interception into a the game’s first touchdown, as quarterback Ryan Wilson (18-for-27, 206 yards, one touchdown, one interception, four sacks; eight rushes, 50 yards) completed a 25-yard pass to wide receiver Doug Baldwin (six catches, 71 yards, one touchdown) before running back Marshawn Lynch (16 rushes, 47 yards, one touchdown; six catches, 73 yards) extended Seattle’s lead to 10-0 on a two-yard touchdown run.

Following a New York three-and-out, the Seahawks drove 38 yards for a 44-yard field, to go up, 13-0, with three seconds left in the half.

Starting at the Giants’ 45-yard line, after another three-and-out on New York’s first drive of third quarter, a third Seattle field goal pushed the lead to 16-0.

The fourth quarter didn’t start any better for the Giants, as Manning threw his fourth pick on the first play of the period, which gave the Seahawks a short field at the New York 16-yard line.

Six plays later, Wilson connected with Baldwin on a 12-yard touchdown pass to close the scoring and crush any hopes of a Giants rally that would never come anyway.

While New York held Seattle to a respectable 327 total yards, the Giants managed just 181 yards from scrimmage, including a mere 25 rushing yards on 14 carries.

Taking their 2-5 road record to Detroit (7-6) next week, New York will try to do a much better job of playing the spoiler role against a fellow NFC opponent seeking to stay in the conference playoff chase.




73 comments
Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

Congrats Timmy.  Him and Amare making his comeback were the highlights of the year (and Melo's 62) in an otherwise disappointing season.  


I'm currently reading 11 Rings and am near the end of the book.  I am really hoping we get Fisher.  More excited about him than Kerr honestly.  I think he has as much smarts about the game as Kerr, maybe more being a PG in the Triangle system.  but he also is a clear leader.  Never loses his cool in high pressure situations.  The way he worked his way up from a back up to basically the 3rd most important player in the Lakers 3peat is impressive.  He was also the guy on the team who could rally the troops with motivational speeches.  Kobe said that whenever Fisher started giving a speech he was able to get the entire team fired up and it felt like music from a sports movie was playing when he spoke and it was the final game of the movie.  Fisher was also the mediator on the team.  He helped keep the Shaq and Kobe feud at bay for a long time and often acted as a go between PHil and the team or Kobe and the rest of the team, bridging the gap and Phil relied on him to tell him what the pulse of the team was.  In the last Laker's back to back titles he played an even bigger leadership role.  


I think he might be a better choice than Kerr and will have the same benefit of being Phil's protege.  

dogmanx23
dogmanx23

But But But We don't know how to draft so why do we need draft picks... 

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

I thought Memphis was getting Hollins back.. or is he going to Cleveland now?

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

She has a full court with a knicks logo on her property in Westchester.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@knowledge Rambis would be the next in line.

Sleep in fear.

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@Gee Daniels  bigotry comes in many facets.  The biggest bigots are usually the ones that are not very "cultured" nor culturally educated, and haven't been around positive people from all walks of life.   


Not to mention they are very insecure.  

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

There is a difference between racism and prejudice .

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Gee Daniels  

Aside from a discussion on the difference between racism and prejudice, the NBA is forcing Sterling out because he has damaged the brand.

There was some question as to whether or not private conversations rose to the level of ending Sterling's ownership of the Clippers.His refusal to pay the $2.5 million fine and his public interview with Anderson Cooper has convinced owners he has to go.

It will be contested in court, but the NBA needs to color him gone to keep the green flowing.


MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Gee Daniels I don't think Cuban is totally wrong...I don't know about everybody being prejudice...but most people have preconceived notions.


Just as an example...its been said for years "white men cant jump"..."white people cant dance"..."all arabs are musilum"..goes on and on with what people say....white men cant jump was even a movie for crying out loud..lol...for the most part a lot of people have preconceived notions on things.

johneco
johneco

@Blaze NYK Agree.  I've always preferred him, even over Kerr.  Fisher just seems like a charismatic leader, and there's not a lot of those around.   But let's see if he even wants to coach...

jtru001
jtru001

@knega he an up an comming G with much work still to do...but a bright spot for NYK right now lol

chudogz1
chudogz1

@dogmanx23 But But But.... It's a new day! In Lord of the Rings we trust :-)

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

The NBA constitutional by-laws are clear.  The NBA is a private corporation and the owners signed on to uphold the NBA constitution.  If an owner is terminated, then all parties invested consequently relinquish their ownership.   
It's obvious his wife has never challenged "his" plantation beliefs and has stood side by side with during the various lawsuits they've undergone.  She's a culprit just as much as he is an old sack of sht.

Jesse Brand
Jesse Brand

I'll will bet everything I own that everyone in this world has said something racist, biased or sexiest at least once in their life time! Including Obama

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@thatsagoodpoint @Blaze NYK  I just don't see why he would want to go to the Lakers.  With Kerr it made a lot of sense.  First, GS offered him an absurd contract.  A contract that would have put a huge bulls eye on him if he had that contract with The Knicks.  Second, Kerr is tight with the owner of GS and he lives out on the West Coast.  I think Fisher lives out on the west coast too but with him if he joined the lakers he'd join a team that can maybe snag kevin love or aldridge but is hampered by Kobe's contract for like 3 more years.  That contract will keep them from really being able to do anything.  Plus, Kobe being a former teammate…that could lead to really awkward situations if Kobe wants to play more but he's hurting the team.  


With The Knicks, it gives him a chance to learn from Phil plus we have (hopefully) Melo in his prime.  He would get a year to learn on the job and then get to reload in 2015 with possibly 2 all star players to add to Melo plus a first round draft pick next year.   Our situation is not great with draft picks but with the cap space coming up next year its potentially a great situation especially with Phil.  Plus I think Melo would really look up to Fisher.  

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@knowledge @Mel Brown Racism entails power  and a belief in being superior  to another race and using that against those one feels superior to. 


In it's purest definition you are prejudice against stupidity.....as I am.    

johneco
johneco

@Dullah Dakidd  What you don't seem to understand, is that once he's gone and things get worse, most of the people who bash him now will say they wanted him here.  They'll be sayin "I told you so" the loudest.

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

WORD! I WOULD DOUBLE WHATEVER YOU BET ON THAT!! We would be some rich SOBs...

theking
theking

@VerySilentJay @theking  indeed. when the players they really have come here and flop under the ny pressure im just gonna sit back and say "I told you so"

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@theking I said this earlier, but if I was a betting man, I'd put big money that when/if Melo leaves, every single one that bashed him, flip flopped, or compared him to others unfairly, will severely miss him.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@knicksgirl35 @bblessed Him and Melo have a lot in common.

- No appreciation.

- Undeserved bashing.

- Undeserved blame.

- The lack of understanding when something positive has been done.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@bblessed The President gets blamed for everything eventually. First Black anything always catches he((.

bblessed
bblessed

How da hell did Obama get blamed for this one? I see the setup coming a mile away

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@thatsagoodpoint @Blaze NYK That is true.  Never count out the Lakers.  Although I think maybe the Lakers now have their own Doian and could be entering a long winter of discontent.

theking
theking

@thatsagoodpoint @Blaze NYK the league will always try its best to get lakers and boston back into things. even knicks and bulls must have something to talk about to generate money

lobcity1
lobcity1

Andrew.

Wassup with the new ads on this site? Its impossible to use this on Mobile devices.

edb7777
edb7777

@Blaze NYK @edb7777@jtru001@illmatix@rgm891 Thanks for the replies Blaze and Jtru.  I never understood the Lue angle but I am a huge Doc Rivers fan so I'll take your word for it.  It just seems that players that jump into coaching right away tend to struggle for a while and I never thought of Lue as a basketball IQ kind of guy cause he generally stood in the corner as a spot up shooter and never was a great playmaker.  But if Doc and Phil like him...  

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@edb7777 @jtru001 @illmatix @rgm891  BEing a good player has nothing to do with being a good coach.  Anyone who can make it to the NBA is a good basketball player (well except for 7 footers who play center…they get so many chances).  But being a good player does not mean you'll be a good coach.  SOme of the best coaches are the guys who sat on the bench next to the coach the whole game and watched more than they played.  

jtru001
jtru001

@edb7777 @jtru001 @illmatix  has been an assistant under Doc for over 5 years and is really close with a lot of the players...Melo in particular

edb7777
edb7777

@jtru001 @illmatix@rgm891Can someone explain to me this Tyronn Lue thing?  He wasn't really a good player.  Doesn't have Fisher's cred with the players and quite frankly seemed kinda like a bonehead during his playing days.  I'm not saying he's the worst choice I just want to understand what makes him a candidate more than Ron Harper, John Paxson, BJ Armstrong, Kyle Macy or any of the other nobodies that played the phantom point in the Triangle.

jtru001
jtru001

@illmatix @jtru001 @rgm891 agreed im good w/ Fisher if he ends up taking it...maybe Lue...personally i would ask chicago to talk to Thibbs

jtru001
jtru001

@rgm891 @illmatix @jtru001 neither do i but i was just saying he didnt do bad...he is very limited on offense much like Woodrow...it would be the same situation

edb7777
edb7777

@illmatix @jtru001I think its because JVG and Collins haven't committed to coaching again so that leaves George Karl, Mike Dunleavy and Pringles as the only coaches out there with playoff experience.  Slim pickings unless you go NCAA or former/current player.  Hollins is just an easy answer for the media and fans to point to.

Chris
Chris

@VerySilentJay @illmatix @thatsagoodpoint I agree to  a degree, Thibs is a very good teacher. The 8 man rotation in this league however is very risky. By far the most intelligently coached team currently are the Spurs

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@illmatix @thatsagoodpoint It's a double edged sword.

By no means do I ever want to see Woodson even close in the vicintiy of the Knicks, but inexperience doesn't always translate into success (even guided by legends).

Spo's a good coach, but look at who he's coaching... 


I'll take Thibs over any name out there in a second.