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Giants' grades: Dog ate offense's homework

Eli Manning looks on during the first quarter

Eli Manning looks on during the first quarter of a game against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Dec. 15, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac


The best plays of the day by the unit may have been the two times David Diehl recovered fumbles by Eli Manning. His five interceptions were hard enough to watch; imagine what a miserable display it would have been for him with seven turnovers. The Giants converted one third down in 10 attempts, allowed four sacks, and didn't cross midfield with the ball until their next-to-last possession. Only one of their 14 "drives" lasted more than five plays and four of them netted negative yardage.


Compared to the offense, the defense deserved to be on the honor roll. As it was, they played OK. They held Marshawn Lynch to 47 rushing yards on 16 carries, though he also caught six passes for 73 yards. Russell Wilson was the leading rusher with 50 yards. While sacked four times, he made the same number of plays eluding pass-rushers. Antrel Rolle had his career-high sixth interception of the season.


Rueben Randle returned a punt 4 yards. That may not seem like an accomplishment, but the Seahawks came into the game having allowed a total of 15 punt-return yards this season, and none since Oct. 28. Jerrel Jernigan had one decent kickoff return of 31 yards. Busy Steve Weatherford put two of his eight punts inside the 20, but Golden Tate averaged 10.4 yards on seven returns, fair catching just one of them.


They don't deserve all of the blame, but there is certainly enough to go around. Coach Tom Coughlin said he "had no indication" from the team that they would turn in such a dud offensively, even remarking on the intensity of the Saturday night team meeting. It's hard to criticize the play-calling when nothing at all was working. Coughlin had a successful challenge on the spot of a catch by Lynch that prevented a Seahawks first down. So there's that.

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