Seahawks intercept Manning 5 times, blank Giants

Patti Traina, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Seattle Seahawks intercepted Eli Manning five times and converted two of the New York Giants' turnovers into 14 points en route to a 23-0 thumping at MetLife Stadium.
The five interceptions by Manning are a single-game career high, and extended the Giants' streak of at least one giveaway per game this season.
If that wasn't bad enough, Manning matched his single-season career high of 25 interceptions set in 2010. He now has 169 career turnovers, which passes Charlie Conerly's as the Giants' franchise leader.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin, who used the word "pathetic" to describe his extreme disappointment in the performance of the offense, shook his head when he was asked if he considered pulling Manning out of the game sooner than he did.
"Not really. Your dig your own hole, you have to fight your way out of it," he said. "He's our guy and that wouldn't have been my decision at that point in time."
Instead, Coughlin would have preferred to have seen some flashes of life from his offense.
It was not meant to be as Seattle took the reins and never looked back, jumping out to a 13-0 halftime lead thanks to two field goals by kicker Steven Hauschka sandwiched around running back Marshawn Lynch's 2-yard touchdown run, the first of their two scores following a Giants turnover.
Seattle continued to pile it on in the second half, adding a 24-yard field goal by Hauschka in the third quarter and then the capper in the fourth quarter on quarterback Russell Wilson's 12-yard touchdown pass to receiver Doug Baldwin.
In addition to the five interceptions, the Seahawks' defense recorded four sacks, six tackles for a loss, six quarterback hits and five pass breakups in what was simply a complete domination.
"A lot of it happened up front but the guys on the back end came through again with the matchups we had and played great coverage all day long," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.
The Giants' defense, which a week ago was gashed on the ground by the San Diego Chargers, did well to hold Lynch to just 47 rushing yards on 16 carries.
The Giants also got another strong game from defensive end Justin Tuck, who was credited with a half sack against Wilson in the third quarter, his fourth game in a row with at least a half sack.
However, the Giants couldn't shut down Wilson, who completed 18 of 27 passes for 206 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
"The best part about our offense what we do well is once we get into a rhythm, it's hard to stop up," said Wilson, who connected with seven different pass targets this week.
"We have a great running back in Marshawn Lynch and a great backup in Robert Turbin, so those two guys right there are work horses. And just being able to spread the football out -- that's what we want to do."
That's what the Giants have wanted to do all season as well, only to continue to struggle to find any rhythm. Moving forward, they might have to try to regain some sort of balance without Victor Cruz, their top receiver, who suffered a concussion and a knee sprain in the third quarter.
The Seahawks (12-2), meanwhile, have won six times on the road, a franchise best. Seattle is closing in on the NFC West title and its best overall record -- the Seahawks went 13-3 in 2005 before losing to Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl.
Seattle will finish out the 2013 regular season at home against the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams.
The Giants (5-9), who were eliminated from the playoff hunt last week, will finish below .500 for the first time under Coughlin since 2004, his first season as head coach. That year, New York finished 6-10 and in second place in the NFC East.
The shutout, the Giants' first at home since Sept. 4, 1995 against Dallas, was the second one this season for the Giants, who were blanked in Week 3 by the Carolina Panthers 38-0.
It is also the first time since 1996 that the Giants have been shut out twice in the same season.
New York will finish out its regular-season schedule with a road game next week against the Detroit Lions and then a home game against the Washington Redskins, and Coughlin said he again implored his team to not lose their focus.
"I told them, 'We're never going to stop fighting. We're never going to stop working. We're never going to stop believing, that's all there is to it. This is our team.' These guys have to respond," he said.
NOTES: The Seahawks finished their 2013 regular-season road schedule with a 6-2 record, their best mark in franchise history. Seattle is also 8-2 in its last 10 road games dating back to last season. ... Seahawks QB Russell Wilson now has the most wins among quarterbacks in their first two seasons of a career since 1970. His 23 wins puts him one ahead of Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger. Wilson also tied Roethlisberger for most wins in a quarterback's first 29 starts. ... Giants S Ryan Mundy recorded his first career sack when he dropped Wilson for a 4-yard loss in the second quarter. ... Giants TE Brandon Myers recorded his 150th career reception in the first half quarter of the game on a 20-yard catch. Myers, who came into the game with a touchdown reception in his last three games, had that streak snapped.

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