Twenty-eight points resulting from mishaps in all three phases of the game early on were too much for the Seahawks to overcome as the New York Giants defeated the Seattle Seahawks 41-7 at Qwest Field.
Two first-quarter defensive penalties on Seattle put New York in position to score its first points of the game.
Facing third-and-nine from the Seattle 38, Eli Manning aired a pass deep to Hakeem Nicks resulting in an incompletion; however, a defensive pass interference penalty on cornerback Marcus Trufant breathed new life into the Giants’ drive. With the ball at the Seahawks’ 22-yard line and a new set of downs, it would take four plays for New York to get on the scoreboard thanks to a two-yard rush by Ahmad Bradshaw.
With 2:33 remaining in the opening quarter, an illegal contact penalty called on rookie safety Earl Thomas on a third-and-eight gave the Giants the ball just within Seattle territory. On the following play, the 6-foot, 215-pound Nicks made a diving 46-yard catch and roll across the goal line. A Lawrence Tynes extra point put New York up 14-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, Seattle return specialist Leon Washington fumbled at his own 29-yard line and Aaron Ross returned the ball to Seattle’s 4. After that, the Giants’ Bradshaw found daylight up the middle for his second rushing touchdown of the game.
Seattle’s woes continued into the second quarter.
The first play saw quarterback Charlie Whitehurst throw an interception in the end zone after Mike Williams bobbled the pass. Cornerback Terrell Thomas snatched the ball out of the air and returned it to the Giants’ 27. Eleven plays later, Steve Smith was on the receiving end of Eli Manning’s second of three touchdown passes of the game, a six-yarder.
Whitehurst recorded his first regular-season start in the National Football League while Seattle’s regular starter at quarterback, Matt Hasselbeck, watched on the sideline while still recovering from the concussion he suffered last weekend in Oakland.
Seattle’s lone score came with 13:41 remaining in the game as Whitehurst found a streaking Ben Obomanu down the right sideline for a 36-yard touchdown and Olindo Mare added the extra point.
The 28-year-old Whitehurst finished the game with 12 completions out of 23 attempts for 113 yards, the touchdown and two interceptions.
The win improves the Giants’ record to 6-2, while the loss drops the Seahawks to 4-4.
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