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What were the turning points of the game?

Posted Oct 22, 2017

Giants.com breaks down five game-changing plays from Sunday's game:



After a big win at Mile High last week, the Giants returned to sea level at MetLife Stadium.

Looking to stack some momentum heading into the bye week, Big Blue squandered a halftime lead by giving up 24 unanswered points in a 24-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7. Russell Wilson got hot with three touchdowns in the second half while the Giants stalled and dropped to 1-6 on the season.
“I thought we played hard,” coach Ben McAdoo said after the game. “We had a lot of fight in us today. Obviously, we came up short.”

Here are the key moments from the game and what the players, coaches, and also the referee had to say about them:

10-PLAY STAND AT THE GOAL LINE

Time: 3:51, 1st QTR

Situation: First-and-goal, NYG 5

Score: 0-0

The Giants have one of the best goal-line defenses in the NFL, and they showed it off on a long series that spanned the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second. While giving Seattle two fresh sets of downs due to roughing the passer and passing interference penalties, the Giants kept the Seahawks out of the end zone on 10 consecutive plays inside the 10-yard line. Cornerback Eli Apple capped it off by knocking the ball away from tight end Jimmy Graham on fourth down to save a touchdown.

“Well, it’s tiresome for a guy like myself and the bigger guys,” defensive tackle Damon Harrison after a game in which the Giants lost the time of possession by nearly 11 minutes. “Anytime you get a team down like that and second or third down, you expect to get off the field and then kick a field goal. But it was an extended drive, so I think that was one of the things that hurt us at the end of the day.”

LANDON SCOOPS, ENGRAM SCORES

Time: 12:44, 2nd QTR

Situation: First-and-10, SEA 41

Score: 0-0

Stuck in a scoreless stalemate after one quarter, the Giants got a spark when Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls lost the ball while being tackled by Avery Moss and Robert Thomas. Safety Landon Collins was there to pick it up and return it 32 yards down to the Seahawks 17. Two plays later, Eli Manning found tight end Evan Engram for the rookie’s third touchdown of the year.

“We sold the run, we were in that package, we ran the ball, we were trying to punch the ball in that package, and we kind of play-actioned it,” said Engram, who spent extensive time out wide with the team missing four wide receivers. “They bit, and I was able to slip behind the defense. Eli threw a great ball.”



ROSAS WIDE RIGHT

Time: 14:23, 4th QTR

Situation: Fourth-and-10, SEA 29

Score: Giants trail 10-7

After the Seahawks took a 10-7 lead midway through the third quarter on Russell Wilson’s 22-yard touchdown to Doug Baldwin, the Giants had a chance to tie it up on the second play of the fourth quarter. However, Aldrick Rosas pushed a 47-yard field goal attempt wide right, his third miss in 10 tries this season. After the game, Rosas said everyone else was perfect; he just missed it.

“I let the whole organization down, I let the fans down, I let the whole team down,” Rosas said. “So yeah, it doesn’t feel good to let everyone down. I’m going to do my best to help the team win.”

“You know, you’d like to get that and just get the game back tied, I think, at that point,” Manning said. “But, that happens. We knew they were a fourth-quarter team; they’ve played really well in the fourth quarters and that offense got rolling. So, we knew we had to either outscore them in the fourth quarter, or have a lead going in, and sure enough, they were able to make some plays in the fourth quarter and we were not.”

ELI SACKED, LOSES BALL

Time: 9:57, 4th QTR

Situation: Second-and-five, NYG 41

Score: Giants trail 10-7

The Giants gave up just a single sack in the game, but it proved to be a costly one. Jarran Reed got to Eli Manning, forcing him to lose the ball that was recovered by Frank Clark. On the very next play, the Seahawks made it a two-possession game as part of 24 unanswered points to put the game out of reach.

“It takes all 11,” McAdoo said. “We need to protect better, we need to throw better, we need to get separation on the outside. We’re probably going to see a lot of man coverage with the guys we’re playing with, and it takes all 11.”



TIE GOES TO RICHARDSON

Time: 9:49, 4th QTR

Situation: First-and-10, NYG 38

Score: Giants trail 10-7

The trick play began with Wilson pitching it to running back J.D. McKissic, who then threw it across the field back to Wilson. The Seahawks’ quarterback then wound up and threw it up to wide receiver Paul Richardson, who came down in the end zone with the ball as well as Collins. The two wrestled with it before the referees signaled touchdown. The play went to review and the call was upheld.

“The receiver went into the air, had control of the ball, lost control, re-grasped the ball and at the same time he did, the defender grabbed the ball, also,” referee Tony Corrente said in the pool report. “They went to the ground simultaneously with the football. Then they started a little wrestling match. It’s over now. That catch is established because if the defender was to pull the ball out of his hands now, it’s still a catch because the defender has a second action. So at that point when they were on the ground together, and they’re tussling to begin with, the catch is over, that’s the touchdown. Now, after that is when he rolled over and we don’t have any clear view of, quote unquote, anything happening after that. So that’s where it stands.”