By Brad Carroll
If you were an overly optimistic fan of the New York Giants and still believed Big Blue could make a postseason run following their surprising win over the Denver Broncos last week, well, Sunday’s performance and result against the Seattle Seahawks at home had to be the final reality check. The Giants officially had their season end with a 24-7 loss, as they dropped to 1-6 on the season.
The Giants gave their fans something to look forward to this week, but the offense just couldn’t come through for a second straight outing. The defense couldn’t stop Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the second half, either, as he threw three touchdown passes in the third and fourth quarters to turn a 7-3 Giants lead at the half into a rather easy win for Seattle.
The defense, however, did keep the Giants in the game, and the team's only touchdown was set up by a Landon Collins 32-yard fumble return.
Quarterback Eli Manning completed just 19-of-39 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. He also had a lost fumble. Last week’s star, Orleans Darkwa, had just 35 yards on nine carries, as the Giants reverted back to a team that can’t run the ball successfully. Rookie tight end Evan Engram is just about the only offensive player who is actually making a difference, as he caught six passes for 60 yards and a touchdown.
But this is already a lost season in New York, with what should be a depressing nine games left to be played. The Giants are now on a bye week, which means this loss will stick for two weeks, so let’s try and close the book on it by going over the keys to victory and how they actually played out on the field.
Did Giants Feed Orleans Darkwa The Ball?
Darkwa, who was last week’s star after rushing for 117 yards on 23 carries in a win over the Broncos, didn’t get nearly the opportunities to duplicate that feat, as he carried just nine times for 35 yards. The Giants ran the ball just 17 times for 46 yards, with Manning throwing the ball 39 times. So, no, the Giants didn’t feed Darkwa the ball and failed to establish a running game at all. The result was an uninspired 24-7 loss.
Did Offensive Line Build Off Last Week’s Solid Game?
The Seahawks had just one sack, but the defense dominated this game overall, allowing just one touchdown that was actually set up by the Giants defense. The Giants offense managed just 177 yards and had 14 first downs in the game. The Giants had 42 yards of offense in the first half and actually led the game 7-3. The Giants were completely shut down by the Seattle defense.
Did Giants Keep Russell Wilson In Check?
The Giants defense did keep Wilson in check, until midway through the third quarter, when the quarterback and the Seahawks took complete control of a game they had controlled everywhere but the scoreboard. Seattle took the lead for the first time with 7:30 to go in the third quarter when Wilson hit Doug Baldwin for a 22-yard scoring pass. With just under 10 minutes to go in the fourth, Wilson connected with Paul Richardson for a 38-yard touchdown pass. And to ice the game, Wilson threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham with 2:14 to play. The Giants defense did about as good a job as they could have done, considering they got zero help from their offense, but Wilson went off in the final 23 minutes to put the game out of reach.