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Notes and statistics from the Giants' 17-12 victory in Seattle:

*The Giants won their fourth consecutive game – their longest winning streak since they won six in a row from Oct. 16-Nov. 27, 2016 – and improved to 5-7. They moved a half-game ahead of Washington in the NFC East standings. Washington plays tomorrow at undefeated Pittsburgh, but even if the visitors pull off the upset, the Giants own the tiebreaker because they have twice defeated their division rivals.

*The Giants ended a four-game losing streak to the first-place Seahawks – who fell to 8-4 – and won in Seattle for the first time since Nov. 7, 2010.

*The Giants are the first NFC East team to beat a team with a winning record this season. The four teams in the division had been 0-17 in such games.

*The 17 points were the fewest the Giants have scored in victory since Nov. 19, 2017, when they defeated Kansas City in overtime in MetLife Stadium, 12-9.

*The Giants' rushing attack accounted for 190 of the team's 290 total yards. It was their highest rushing total since they ran for 206 yards in a victory at Washington on Dec. 22, 2019.

*The Giants exceeded 100 rushing yards for the seventh consecutive game, their longest streak since they hit the century mark in nine consecutive games in 2010.

*The Giants' 100 net passing yards was their lowest total since they threw for 86 yards in Washington on Nov. 23, 2017. It was their lowest passing yardage total in a victory since Dec. 23, 2007, when they threw for 94 yards in a 38-21 victory in Buffalo.

*The Giants finished with 13 first downs, tying their season-low set on Sept. 27 vs. San Francisco. The 13 first downs were their lowest total in a victory since a 23-10 victory in Denver on Oct. 15, 2017, when they had 12.

*The Giants trailed at halftime, 5-0. It was the lowest scoring first half in a Giants game since Nov. 6, 2011, when they were tied 0-0 with the Patriots at New England. The Giants won that game, 24-20.

*The 5-0 halftime score was the NFL's first since Sept. 15, 2013 when … the Seahawks at home led NFC West rival San Francisco by that score in a game they won, 29-3.

*The 5-0 halftime score was the first in Giants history.

*The Giants did not score a first-half point for the second time this season; on Sept. 20, they trailed in Chicago, 17-0. Though they shut out the Bears in the second half, the Giants lost, 17-13. The game in Seattle was the fourth this season in which the Giants did not score a first-half touchdown (also at Chicago, vs. San Francisco and at the Rams).

*Colt McCoy played the entire game at quarterback for Daniel Jones, who was inactive because of the hamstring injury he suffered last week in Cincinnati. McCoy completed 13 of 22 passes for 105 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a passer rating of 67.4. He was sacked twice.

*McCoy started for the first time since Oct. 6, 2019, when he started for Washington against New England, and earned his first victory as a starting quarterback since Oct. 27, 2014, when he led Washington to a win in Dallas. He improved his record as an NFL starter to 8-21.

*Two of McCoy's victories are against Seattle. On Oct. 23, 2011, in his second NFL season with the Browns, he completed 20 of 35 passes in a 6-3 victory in Cleveland.

*McCoy's six-yard touchdown pass to Alfred Morris was his first since Nov. 22, 2018, when he threw two scoring passes for Washington at Dallas.

View photos from the Week 13 matchup between the Giants and Seahawks at Lumen Field.

*Jones missed his first game this season and the third in his two-year career. As a rookie, he sat out December games vs. Philadelphia and Miami after he suffered a high ankle sprain vs. Green Bay on Dec. 1. He was replaced by the Eli Manning, who led the Giants to a victory against the Dolphins in his final career appearance after losing to the Eagles.

*Morris scored the Giants' touchdowns on a four-yard run and a six-yard reception in the third quarter, his first two scores for the Giants. The touchdown catch was the first in his 110-game NFL career. Morris's rushing touchdown was his 35th. Morris' two-touchdown game was his first since Nov. 2, 2014, when he scored on 14- and two-yard runs for Washington vs. Minnesota.

*Wayne Gallman had 16 carries for a career-high 135 yards, his first 100-yard game. His previous career best was the 94 yards he gained last week in Cincinnati.

*The Giants took an 8-5 lead when Morris scored on a four-yard run and McCoy connected with Sterling Shepard for a two-point conversion with 7:40 remaining in the third quarter. The touchdown was Morris' first since Dec. 30, 2018, when he scored on a one-yard run – and rushed for 111 yards – for San Francisco at the Rams.

*Morris' first touchdown was set up by Gallman's career-long 60-yard run. Gallman's previous long run was 26 yards at the Rams on Oct. 4. Morris rushed for 39 yards on eight carries.

*The 60-yard run was the Giants' second-longest play of the season; Jones ran for 80 yards at Philadelphia on Oct. 22.

*Evan Engram and Golden Tate led the Giants with four receptions apiece.

*The defense constantly harassed Russell Wilson, who led Seattle's offense to the end zone just once despite completing 27 of 43 for 263 yards. Wilson was sacked five times and the Giants were credited with 10 quarterback hits.

*Leonard Williams led the rush with 2.5 sacks. That increased his season total to a career-high 8.5. His previous best was 7.0 sacks as a second-year pro with the Jets in 2016.

*Rookie linebacker Tae Crowder set the tone early, registering his first career sack when he tackled Wilson for an 11-yard loss in the first quarter. Crowder finished tied for second on the team with seven tackles (six solo).

*Safety Jabrill Peppers sacked Wilson for an eight-yard loss in the second quarter. Peppers has 2.5 sacks this season after recording one in his first three seasons combined. All of the sacks he's been involved in this season have been eight-yarders. He had a full sack at Philadelphia on Oct. 22 and shared a sack with Trent Harris in the rematch vs. the Eagles on Nov. 15.

*Jabaal Sheard had a half-sack.

*One week after intercepting a pass in his NFL debut, rookie Niko Lalos recovered a fumbled snap – officially credited to Russell Wilson – with 6:02 remaining in the second quarter. When Wilson attempted to recover the ball, Peppers knocked it away from him. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lalos is the first Giants player with at least one interception and one opponent fumble recovery in first two NFL games since Otto Schnellbacher in 1950.

*Linebacker Blake Martinez led the Giants with 10 tackles (five solo) and a fumble recovery before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a lower back injury.

*Rookie cornerback Darnay Holmes recorded his first career interception in the fourth quarter. Wilson's pass caromed off running back Chris Carson's facemask and then Crowder's hand before Holmes grabbed it.

*Seattle safety Quandre Diggs intercepted a McCoy pass that caromed off the hands of Evan Engram – who was closely covered by Ryan Neal – with 2:21 remaining in the first quarter. It was the first interception by a Giants opponent since the fourth quarter of the loss to Tampa Bay on Nov. 2, when Jones was picked off by cornerback Sean Murphy Bunting. The Giants had played 38 consecutive offensive possessions without throwing an interception.

*The Seahawks took a 5-0 lead when Ryan Neal blocked Riley Dixon's punt with 28 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Wide receiver Penny Hart was unable to secure the ball before touching the end line, resulting in a safety instead of a touchdown.

*The blocked punt was the first by a Giants opponent since Dec. 22, 2019, when Washington's Nate Orchard got his hands on a Dixon punt, leading to a touchdown.

*Seattle's safety was the first for a Giants opponent since Oct. 6, 2019, when Minnesota's Anthony Barr tackled running back Jon Hilliman in the end zone.

*Graham Gano kicked a 48-yard field goal to extend his string of successes to 25 in a row, four shy of the Giants' record set by Josh Brown in 2014-15. However, Gano was wide left on an extra point attempt after hitting his first 17 PAT's this season.

*Rookie guard Shane Lemieux lined up at fullback and blocked for fullback Eli Penny, who gained five yards on second-and-one in the first quarter.

*In addition to Jones, the Giants' inactive players were wide receiver Dante Pettis, tackles Kyle Murphy and Jackson Barton, linebackers Trent Harris and TJ Brunson, and defensive lineman RJ McIntosh.

Giants.com hands out game balls to the top performers from the Giants' 17-12 win over the Seahawks in Week 13.

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