A stunning defensive display led to the Seattle Seahawks routing the New York Giants 23-0. Seattle improved to 12-2, and they further tightened the screws on the 49ers in the race for the NFC West.
The Legion of Boom stole the show, particularly corners Byron Maxwell and Richard Sherman. Both had two interceptions apiece, with Sherman helping to set up safety Earl Thomas with what turned out to be the fifth interception on the day for the Seahawks.
Seattle’s front seven, spearheaded by Bobby Wagner (10 tackles and 1.5 sacks) stuffed the Giants’ run game and forced a harried Eli Manning to try and beat the Seahawks’ secondary. Manning failed miserably, throwing five picks on the day. Byron Maxwell’s two picks were both incredible efforts, as he furthered his case to take Brandon Browner’s starting job for next season. Sherman played his usual physical coverage, bringing down his fifth and sixth interceptions on the year.
The defense’s stellar play made Russell Wilson’s job that much easier. He was sacked four times (which was noteworthy considering the Giants did not have Jason Pierre-Paul) and he threw an interception, but he finished 18 of 27 for 206 yards with a touchdown strike to Doug Baldwin. He also led the team in rushing on eight carries for 50 yards.
Marshawn Lynch displayed Beast Mode in East Rutherford, breaking several tackles near the goal line en route to a tough two-yard touchdown. Lynch finished with 47 yards and a score on 16 carries. He also caught six passes for 73 yards.
Kicker Steven Hauschka stayed dependable as always, netting three field goals to aid the offense.
Seattle’s front seven held Andre Brown to 17 rushing yards and brought Manning down three times. Each defender illustrated today why the Seahawks’ defense is the best in the NFL, and if this is how they can play on the road, opposing teams are going to find it extremely difficult trying to beat them at CenturyLink Field once the playoffs arrive.
As expected, the 49ers beat Tampa Bay today, so Seattle has not yet clinched the NFC West. The Seahawks are, however, extremely close to clinching the division and home field advantage. With the way the Seahawks bounced back today from their loss last Sunday, they’re sure to hold the reigns on the NFC race and grab the number one seed in due time.