Giants fans haven't needed nail clippers since the summer.
Their team flew to Seattle as the first one in NFL history to start 6-1 or better and have each of their first seven games decided by one possession. That's why, when the Giants tied the game with 11:17 left in the fourth quarter, everyone on the sideline was ready for another dash of late-game magic.
"I think we all felt like that," quarterback Daniel Jones said after the game.
The thing about that, though, so did the Seahawks. Instead of the Giants taking their opponent out to deep water and leaving them there, the Seahawks struck back and scored 14 unanswered points for a 27-13 victory.
"When you think of the four quarters of the season, the first quarter we were 3-1. Now the second quarter we're 3-1," safety Julian Love said. "Really the story is going to be about the second half. I think we've done a great job so far, playing well, winning some close games. Today we didn't execute. But the story is very promising going forward. We've just got to learn from this game, shake it off. We did a great job from the last game we lost. Just adjust what needs to be fixed and just moving on. That's what it is. You can't have the high highs and low lows. It's about always improving."
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IT WAS OVER WHEN…
Richie James lost his second fumble on a punt return, and two plays later rookie Kenneth Walker III ran in a 16-yard touchdown for a 14-point Seahawks lead with 5:22 remaining. Daniel Jones led the Giants down to the Seattle 29 on the ensuing possession, but they turned the ball over on downs.
UNABLE TO FINISH
The Giants entered Week 8 with the second-best scoring differential in the fourth quarter at plus-36. On Sunday, they were minus-11. The Seahawks had been minus-9 in the final 15 minutes.
"Our guys are confident," coach Brian Daboll said. "We just didn't do enough today all the way around. Again, give Seattle credit. It's hard, the ball is important. We have to do a better job of taking care of it and executing and finishing drives, converting on some third downs, particularly early on in the game. A lot to work on."
WHAT THE LOSS MEANS FOR THE GIANTS
Math can get tricky with a 17-game schedule, but the Giants went 3-1 in both the first and second "quarters" of the season for a 6-2 start under the new regime. They traveled to London, Jacksonville, and Seattle in a four-week span leading into a much-needed bye week. They come out of the break with back-to-back home games against the Lions and Texans, who have a combined record of 2-11-1. Meanwhile, the Giants' three NFC East rivals were all winners on Sunday. Philadelphia remained undefeated, Dallas improved to 6-2, and Washington climbed back to .500 with three consecutive wins.
"Like we've said, there's a lot still out there for us," Jones said. "I think today shows that a little bit. There's a lot we need to improve on and shore up if we want to continue to be the team that we think we can be. That's what our focus. Is we have been able to pull out some of these games and you know, 6-2 is not bad but there's a lot of work to do."
WHAT THE WIN MEANS FOR THE SEAHAWKS
While snapping the Giants' four-game winning streak, the Seahawks have now won three in a row to stay atop the NFC West. It is also the first time quarterback Geno Smith has won three consecutive games as a starter in the same season.
"We look like we used to look," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "The stadium is rocking like it used to rock, and we're playing the kind of football that gives us a chance to win every time we go out."
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