Seahawks vs. Giants: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Seattle

Marlon Maloney@@marlonmaloneyCorrespondent IDecember 15, 2013

Dec 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks towards the sideline for a play call against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Seahawks 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
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The Seattle Seahawks held the New York Giants to zero points, five interceptions, 25 yards rushing and 156 yards passing. It was a signature day by the Seattle defense and brings the Seahawks one win closer to clinching home-field advantage in the playoffs.

The win improves Seattle to 12-2 for the season and gives it a franchise-record sixth road win. It heads home to take on the Arizona Cardinals next week.


Seattle - 23

New York - 0

Seattle Seahawks Game Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseBB-
Run OffenseC+C+
Pass DefenseA+A+
Run DefenseA+A+
Special teamsAA
vs. Giants Week 15

Final Analysis for Seattle Seahawks

Pass Offense: Russell Wilson seemed to regress a bit in the second half, letting several of his passes sail high. He was pulled from action fairly early in the fourth quarter, but completed just five passes for 49 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the half. 

It ends up being irrelevant because of the defense's play, but the offense wasn't particularly impressive on Sunday. Wilson finished the game with 206 yards passing. The offensive line took a step back against the strong pass rush of the New York Giants, consistently allowing pressure. Marshawn Lynch's 73 yards receiving in the first half were enough to lead the team.

Run Offense: Wilson led the rushing attack with 50 yards on eight carries. Lynch tacked on 47 and Robert Turbin had 34. The running game wasn't particularly dominant behind the offensive line's poor performance in the game. The Giants made eight tackles for a loss.

The Seahawks finished with 134 yards rushing on 34 carries, averaging 3.9 yards per carry, which was just enough to keep drives alive.

Pass Defense: Eli Manning threw two more interceptions in the second half, finishing the game with a whopping five. Byron Maxwell and Richard Sherman each picked off two, and Sherman tipped the fifth one to teammate Earl Thomas in the end zone to seal the shutout. 

Bobby Wagner had 1.5 sacks and 10 tackles, leading the team in both categories. Seattle finished with four sacks in the game. New York finished the day with 156 yards passing in a dominating performance by the Seahawks defense.

Run Defense: The Giants were eventually forced to abandon the running game, but it's not as though it was working at all to begin with. Andre Brown rushed for 17 yards on 11 carries, while Peyton Hillis rounded out the team's 25-yard total with eight on three carries. Seattle made six tackles for loss.

Special Teams: Steven Hauschka tacked on a 24-yard field goal to go a perfect 3-of-3 for the game. The coverage teams were their normal, dominant selves, allowing four punt return yards and an average of 24.7 yards on kick returns.

Golden Tate had a nice day returning punts, with an average of 10.4 yards on seven returns.

Coaching: Darrell Bevell's offense did not have its best day, but the team dominated the game from start to finish. The defense posted its first shutout of the season and the Giants never looked as though they were in the game.

Dec 15, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (51) and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) celebrate a sack on New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credi
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

First-Half Analysis for Seattle Seahawks

Pass Offense: Russell Wilson has been masterful today, completing 13 of 17 passes for 157 yards behind an increasingly leaky offensive line. The New York Giants defensive line has had several pressures on Wilson to go along with the three sacks they've stacked up. 

Doug Baldwin and Marshawn Lynch have been the go-to receivers, with 11 catches between them. Lynch leads the way with six grabs for 73 yards, while Baldwin has pulled down the other five for 59 yards of his own.

Run Offense: Marshawn Lynch has done most of his damage in the passing game, but he has still managed to rush for 31 yards and a touchdown. It hasn't been a dominant day on the ground for Seattle's rushing attack through the first half. As a team, the Seahawks have run the ball 16 times for 68 yards. 

The offensive line has done a good job of beating New York's defensive line, but they have not been able to get to the second level and block some of their linebackers. The Giants linebacker corp has kept the rushing attack at bay.

Pass Defense: Well, when a guy with 20 interceptions faces the Seattle secondary, an interception should be expected. The "Legion of Boom" have obliged with interceptions from Byron Maxwell and two from Richard Sherman to set up the offense for its first 10 points.

The second of Sherman's came on a Hail Mary at the end of the half, but the Seattle secondary has been in great position all day and has made sure tackles in the open field. Seattle's pass rush has been slowed a bit by the Giants' emphasis on running the ball, but it has flushed Eli Manning out of the pocket on several dropbacks and picked up a sack from Bobby Wagner in the process.

Run Defense: The Giants have been trying to establish the run with Andre Brown to keep Seattle's defense honest, but it hasn't worked due to turnovers and poor blocking. Brown has just 15 yards on seven carries.

Wagner leads the defense in tackles, with five, and he has been flying all over the field. Jeremy Lane has made several quality tackles as the nickleback, subbing in for the secondary's two suspended corners in Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond.

Special Teams: For all the lauding the Seahawks punt team has received for its punt coverage ability, it came inches short of allowing the third blocked punt of the season, and the second in two weeks. It's an area of concern as the playoffs draw near.

There hasn't been much of a return game to speak of. Golden Tate is averaging 7.3 yards on three punt returns. Steven Hauschka continues to put field goals through with ease, nailing two more from 44 and 49 yards out.

Coaching: Seattle's defense has been spectacular, but the offense will need to figure out how to start picking up touchdowns rather than field goals. Despite Manning's struggles, it would best to keep this game out of reach before New York gains hope. Overall the team has played well.


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