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Instant Analysis: Seahawks 38, Giants 17

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In a game that was tied heading into the fourth quarter, the Giants allowed 24 unanswered points in the second half, ultimately falling 38-17 on the road to the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

WHAT'S NEXT

Looking to end a four-game losing streak, the Giants return home to MetLife Stadium in Week 11 and will host another NFC West opponent, the San Francisco 49ers (5-4).

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE

The Giants extended their streak to 20 straight games without scoring a touchdown on the opening possession and remain the only team in the NFL this season to have zero points on the first drive. But it's not about how a team starts; it's the finish that counts. Aided by the play of rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who had seven catches for 108 yards while being followed by All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman for much of the game, the Giants put a dent in the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and their vaunted defense in front of the 12th Man. But the momentum changed in the closing seconds of the third quarter when Seattle safety Earl Thomas intercepted Eli Manning (his first since Week 4) on a pass in the end zone that tipped off Beckham's hands. The Seahawks marched down and scored a touchdown on the ensuing possession to take a lead that they would not relinquish as the Giants were shut out in the second half.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE

After the Seahawks coasted to an 80-yard touchdown drive on their first possession, the Giants gained their footing defensively by forcing two turnovers in the first half (a Zack Bowman interception and an Antrel Rolle fumble recovery that was forced by Jameel McClain). However, they couldn't find an answer for Russell Wilson on the ground. The Seattle quarterback rushed 14 times for 107 yards and a touchdown. The defense didn't fare any better against running back Marshawn Lynch, who broke tackle after tackle on his way to 140 yards and four touchdowns. Overall, Seattle set a franchise record with 350 rushing yards.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker Josh Brown remained perfect on the season, knocking in his lone attempt from 41 yards in addition to two extra points. Meanwhile, punter Steve Weatherford, who was limited all week with ankle and back issues, averaged 38.6 yards on five punts, two of which landed inside the 20-yard line.

INACTIVES

Giants: RB Rashad Jennings, CB Mike Harris, G Adam Snyder, DE Kerry Wynn, T James Brewer, G Brandon Mosley, and DT Jay Bromley. Seahawks: S Steven Terrell, S Kam Chancellor, LB Malcom Smith, LB Bobby Wagner, OG James Carpenter, TE Zach Miller, and TE Tony Moeaki.

LINEUP CHANGES Giants:

Andre Williams in place of Jennings at RB.

GIANTS INJURY REPORT

RB Peyton Hillis suffered a concussion in the first quarter and did not return. Rookie S Nat Berhe left in the second quarter with an ankle injury. TE Daniel Fells suffered a burner in the fourth quarter.

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