The New York Giants stunned the Seattle Seahawks with a 17-12 victory Sunday afternoon. The Giants hung on to win their fourth straight game and improved their record to 5-7. The Seahawks dropped to 8-4 on the season. The four-game winning streak is the Giants’ longest since they won six straight games in 2016.
The Giants are the first NFC East team to beat a team with a winning record this season. The four teams in the division had been 0-17 in such games.
“I thought there was a lot of validation for the way our players executed the game plan with how they prepared. To me, that’s more validation, trusting that the process will pay off on the field. These guys do a great job. They’ve done everything that we’ve asked them to do. And they’ve done it as well as the possibly can and you can see the results coming,” said head coach Joe Judge. “We’ve got a special group of guys, we have a very tough group of guys who have bought in to what we’ve asked them to do. They’ve done it without questions, they’ve done it 100 percent. They’re a tough group. We ask them to play a physical brand of football and that’s helped us have tangible results.”
Two big pass breakups by Isaac Yiadom and Jabrill Peppers forced the Seahawks to settle for a field goal on their opening drive.
After a shaky first series, McCoy appeared to find some rhythm in New York’s second possession. He connected with Sterling Shepard for 22 yards and Golden Tate for 16 more to advance to the Seattle 19-yard line. But when McCoy tried to connect with Evan Engram three plays later, the ball went through his hands and was picked off by Quandre Diggs, ruining the Giants’ chances for a score.
On a big third-and-1 play at 6:06 in the second quarter, Wilson fumbled the football at the Giants 47-yard line. Jabrill Peppers knocked the ball away from Wilson and it was recovered by defensive end Niko Lalos, who has recorded a takeaway in each of his two games this season. The Giants were unable to capitalize on the turnover though.
With 33 seconds left in the half, Riley Dixon’s punt was blocked by Ryan Neal and recovered in the end zone for a safety. The Giants headed into the locker room trailing, 5-0.
After a quiet first half for running back Wayne Gallman Jr., he set the tone in the second half with the Giants’ most explosive offensive play of the game yet. At 9:04 in the third quarter, Gallman ran down the sideline for 60 yards to the Seattle 17-yard line. His longest run of the season set up a four-yard touchdown run by Alfred Morris at 7:43. It was Morris’ first touchdown since 2018. The Giants elected to go for two and McCoy connected with Shepard to put New York up, 8-5.
The Giants defense came up with another big stop on the Seahawks’ following drive. Seattle elected to go for it on fourth and 1 on their own 48-yard line, but Wilson’s pass fell short and the Seahawks turned the ball over on downs.
Gallman picked up another big gain for 23 yards on the Giants’ next possession. At 2:33, McCoy completed a short pass to Morris for a 6-yard touchdown to complete a five-play, 48-yard scoring drive for New York. Gano missed the PAT, but the Giants extended their lead to 14-5.
At 11:27 in the fourth quarter, Wilson’s pass was intercepted up the middle by rookie Darnay Holmes at the Seattle 39-yard line. The turnover helped to set up a 48-yard field by Gano to give the Giants a 17-5 advantage.
On third-and-15 at 6:21, Wilson’s pass was incomplete over the middle to Tyler Lockett. But a holding penalty on Holmes allowed the Seahawks to convert the first down. On the very next play, Wilson completed a 28-yard touchdown to Chris Carson to make it 17-12.
After the Giants failed to convert on third-and-5, they turned the ball back over to the Seahawks with 1:48 left to play in the game. With 48 seconds left, the Seahawks were faced with fourth-and-18 at their own 46-yard line. Wilson threw the ball deep down the field, but none of the Seahawks receivers were able to come up with the ball.
Seattle turned the ball over on downs and the Giants held on for a 17-12 victory.
“We walked in
here confident, I’m not going to lie,” said Giants safety Jabrill Peppers. “Team had a different swagger about them, team had a different juice about them today because we knew if we played our brand of football we knew we could shock a lot of people. The ball rolled in our favor.”
The Giants trailed the Seahawks, 5-0, at the half.
The Giants ran 26 first-half plays to 35 for the Seahawks, and New York held the ball for 13:45 to 16:15 for Seattle. The Giants had 96 offensive first-half yards while Seattle recorded 173.
In just his eighth start in the last nine years, McCoy was 8 of 13 for 68 yards and one interception in the first half. Wilson was 12 of 20 for 108 yards.
Both defense’s dominated the first half. Wilson entered the game second in the league in sacks with 35. Tae Crowder and Jabrill Peppers each recorded a sack in the first half for a loss of 19 total yards. The Giants defense forced the Seahawks into seven third-down situations. Seattle was able to convert just two.
Star wide receiver DK Metcalf was guarded tightly by James Bradberry throughout the first half. Metcalf, who entered the game averaging 94.5 yards per game, was targeted five times for three catches and 51 yards.
McCoy finished the game 13 of 22 for 105 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Morris rushed for 39 yards on eight attempts and recorded his first multi-touchdown game since 2014.
Gallman ran for 135 yards on the day, for his first 100-yard career rushing game.
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Linebacker Blake Martinez suffered a lower back injury in the second half and did not return to the game.
The Giants will host the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on FOX.