The Seahawks rode their defense and a second half offensive renaissance to beat the New York Giants on the road 24-7.
The Seahawks trailed the 1-5 Giants at the Meadowlands 7-3 at halftime. The offense hadn’t done much. Running back Thomas Rawls lost a fumble, which led to the Giants’ only touchdown in the game. Seattle’s defense had locked down Eli Manning and Orleans Darkwa. The only skill position Giant who had any success was rookie tight end Evan Engram.
Predictably, it was an ugly showing in the first half. The Seahawks at one point ran ten Goal-to-go plays in a row due to defensive penalties by the Giants, yet failed to score.
Then receiver Doug Baldwin got angry. He addressed his teammates on the sideline, shoving offensive line and assistant head coach Tom Cable out of the way. His address turned into a patented Seahawks hype jump-fest, one that surged onto the field, where Russell Wilson and the offense scored three unanswered touchdowns for an easy 24-7 win.
Both Cable and Baldwin downplayed the push after the game, but no matter how they felt in the moment, Baldwin’s speech kickstarted a Seattle offense that couldn’t clear running lanes or avoid mistakes (mostly by tight end Jimmy Graham, who later redeemed himself) against a spirited Giants defense in the first half. The offensive line took another blow when center Justin Britt left the game with a knee injury, clearing a spot at center for rookie Ethan Pocic. Britt later returned to action and help settle down the offensive line enough for Wilson to make a few incredible throws deep for touchdowns.
Baldwin caught a deep ball up the seam for a touchdown, and Paul Richardson made a Fail Mary-esque catch for another deep touchdown completion:
The Seahawks face rookie sensation Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans at CenturyLink on Sunday.