So much for bye-week hangovers. So much for the intimidation of Seattle’s vaunted 12th Man.
The Giants avoided the effects of both idleness and airport sound levels and handed the Seahawks a 41-7 shellacking for their fifth straight victory. It also raised the Giants (6-2) to 4-3 after bye weeks during the Tom Coughlin era.
Perhaps just as impressive was their 35-point first half, their biggest half of the season. In fact, the 35-0 halftime score represented the Giants’ biggest halftime lead since they beat the Redskins 45-14 in 1959. The Giants racked up 298 of their 490 yards of total offense in the half, while limiting Seattle (4-4) to just 81 yards and six first downs.
With imploded Dallas coming up next week, it would not be outlandish for the first-place Giants to start dreaming of an NFC East title.
One of the big factors going into this game was the noise that bewitched the Giants into 11 false-start penalties in 2005. But the Giants took the crowd out of it in their first win out there since 1981. After an early turnover, Big Blue scored touchdowns on its next five possessions, the third of which was a 4-yard touchdown run by Ahmad Bradshaw. That came on the play after Travis Beckum hit kickoff returner Leon Washington at the 26 and caused a fumble that Jonathan Goff brought back 22 yards.
The Giants also turned an end-zone interception by Terrell Thomas and a Corey Webster pick into second-quarter touchdowns, the second coming on tight end Kevin Boss’ first scoring reception of the season.
Eli Manning came out after three quarters for Sage Rosenfels, having gone 21-of-32 for 290 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw combined for 135 of the Giants’ 200 rushing yards, with Bradshaw scoring two touchdowns.