The Giants tried living on the edge for the third week in a row, but this time they fell into the abyss.
Poised to earn their third fourth-quarter comeback victory in as many weeks, the Giants twice traveled inside the
“We played poorly,” Coach
The loss snapped the Giants’ three-game winning streak and left them at 3-2. In their previous two games, they had come from behind in the fourth quarter to win at
“I fully expected to win,” Coughlin said. “Probably the most miserable feeling as we’ve had around here in a long time. To win three straight and then come into our own place at home and not win, and not to be representative of where we are. We were plus-four (in turnover differential) coming in here.”
His players echoed the coach’s disappointment.
“It is embarrassing, as a good as we have been playing the last couple weeks, to come out here and lay an egg,” defensive lineman
“We didn’t play well,” quarterback
Manning did his best to overcome that, throwing for a career-high 420 yards and three touchdowns while completing 24 of 39 passes. But he also threw three interceptions and lost a fumble.
Seattle scored on Tarvaris Jackson’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Ben Okomanu, Charlie Whitehurst’s go-ahead scoring pass to Doug Baldwin, Marshawn Lynch’s one-yard run, a safety when Anthony Hargrove tackled
Thirty-one points were scored in the wild fourth quarter. The Giants took a 22-19 lead, and seemed to seize the momentum, when Manning and Cruz hooked up for their long score with 12:37 remaining.
Facing a third-and-13 at his own 32-yard line, Manning threw the ball downfield to Cruz, who was sandwiched at the
The Giants quickly forced
Manning’s 32-yard pass to Ballard helped give the Giants a first-and-goal at the seven. But Ballard’s false start penalty moved them back five yards and they soon stalled at the 12-yard line. Tynes’ 26-yard field goal gave them another three-point lead, 25-22.
“I thought we heard a whistle,” Umenyiora said. “But regardless, you can’t stop playing, no matter what. That’s what we’ve been coached. If somebody jumps offside, we have to keep on playing. Unfortunately, we didn’t do that and we gave up a touchdown.”
“I don’t think there was confusion,” Coughlin said. “I think that you’ve got to keep playing. You’re a defensive team, make them come. We had done that earlier in the day and they blew the whistle. This time they didn’t blow the whistle. So the play stands.”
The Giants responded again, as Manning hooked up with Cruz for back-to-back completions of 41 and 19 yards to give the Giants a first down at the
“I thought I gripped it, but as soon as I went to grip it in I got hit and it got bobbled up in the air and I knew it was all downhill from there because there were two guys (there),” Cruz said. “I knew one of them was going to pick it off.
“That was for the game. … We were driving, we were in there, we potentially could have won the game on that play. It kind of erases (his touchdown). You always want to win the game, but whenever you do something to negate that it always wipes the good and you see the bad.”
“Any time a ball gets tipped up in the air it’s not a good thing,” Coughlin said. “There’s too many bodies flying around right there.”
The Seahawks had increased their lead to 19-14 on Hauschka’s long field goal 32 seconds into the fourth quarter. Before the kick,
“I thought when I looked at it up above that he had gotten the ball out of the end zone,” Coughlin said, “but evidently that wasn’t the case.”
It was the first safety given up by the Giants since Sept. 26, 2010, when Ahmad Bradshaw was penalized for an illegal chop block in the end zone against
Manning’s 19-yard touchdown pass to Nicks with only 11 seconds remaining in the second quarter knotted the halftime score at 14-14.
On first down, Nicks lined up on the right side, got a step on cornerback Walter Thurmond – who started in place of the injured Marcus Trufant – and stretched out to catch Manning’s pinpoint pass in the end zone.
The Giants took possession at their own 41 after
The drive began with a 12-yard pass to Nicks. Manning followed with a 10-yard pass to
The Giants trailed, 14-7, after the first quarter, the first time they allowed 14 points in the first 15 minutes since last Dec. 26 at Green Bay.
The Giants scored on their first possession on Manning’s 12-yard pass to Ballard. On second-and-seven, the big tight end caught Manning’s pass at the three-yard line before forcing his way past linebacker David Hawthorne and safeties Earl Thomas and Chancellor on his way to the end zone.
The score capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive that included a 28-yard throw to Ballard and a 17-yarder to Manningham.
It was the Giants’ first opening-possession touchdown since Dec. 5, 2010, when
Ballard’s touchdown only tied the score, because
The Seahawks took the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards in eight plays using a no-huddle offense. The big plays were
This was the first time the Giants allowed an opening-possession touchdown since Nov. 28, 2010, when
It was the first time both the Giants and their opponents scored touchdowns on their opening drives since Nov. 25, 2007. The opposing quarterback that day was