Sometimes it takes a microscope to identify the few positive elements that are somewhere embedded in a 23-0 shutout loss. Luckily for the New York Giants, they won’t need to dive too far into the rubble to see that the defense was about the only thing on Sunday that didn’t stink to high heaven.
After the Giants fell to the San Diego Chargers a week earlier and were finally mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, players said that “pride” would keep them fighting through the last, otherwise meaningless, three games of the season. Only the defense stayed true to their word.
The Giants’ defense came out on Sunday with something to prove after getting walloped by Philip Rivers and the Chargers last week. On Sunday, New York’s defense didn’t dominate the Seattle Seahawks by any means, but they did turn in a very solid effort against arguably the best team in the NFL. New York recorded four sacks on Russell Wilson and held him under his passing average for the season. He was also intercepted by Antrel Rolle, who continued his campaign for a Pro Bowl spot on Sunday.
Stopping the run was a different story for the defense. Between Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin, the Giants surrendered a total of 134 rushing yards to the second ranked rushing attack in the league. But all in all, the defense could have kept the scoring to a minimum if they had received any type of help from the offense or the special teams.
Eli Manning threw a career-high five interceptions in the loss and placed the defense into exceedingly difficult situations. Also, the Giants’ offense made three-and-outs look like they had been practicing them the entire season (which they have). The defense actually only gave up two scoring drives where Seattle was forced to start in their own territory, and even then the drives started north of the 30-yard line.
The Giants gave a defensive performance that would have kept a team with a competent offense in the ballgame. There are now just two games left and we’ll see if the New York offense can improve from a performance Tom Coughlin called “pathetic”.