March 10, 2014
AMERICAN FOOTBALL — NFLMonday, December 16, 2013
Seahawks win in possible Super Bowl rehearsal
Rout New York Giants 23-0
The Seattle Seahawks manhandled the New York Giants 23-0 yesterday for its sixth road win, holding the hosts to 181 yards. Russell Wilson toyed with New York’s defence, running for 50 yards and throwing for 206 and a touchdown.
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had his first glimpse at MetLife Stadium and it was love at first sight as he led the NFC West leaders to a 23-0 rout of the New York Giants yesterday.
Wilson completed 18-of-27 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown, and ran eight times for 50 yards, while the Seahawks defence manhandled Giants quarterback Eli Manning with five interceptions to turn the home crowd into boo birds.
Seattle hopes yesterday’s triumph will be the first of two happy dates for the Seahawks at the Meadowlands, where the Super Bowl will be held on February 2 in the first outdoor, cold weather site for the big game.
The victory moved the Seahawks, who have already claimed a berth in the postseason, another step closer to clinching the NFC West title and securing home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
A snowstorm hit the area on Saturday, but the Meadowlands was spared with only a light coating, although areas to the north within a half-hour’s drive got more than half a foot (15cms).
Giants coach Tom Coughlin gave a chilly assessment of his team’s showing against one of the NFL’s powers.
“It was a pathetic offensive performance,” said Coughlin, whose top receiver, Víctor Cruz, was knocked out of the game in the third quarter with a concussion and a strained knee.
Yesterday’s other games results (home team in CAPS): ATLANTA 27 Washington 26; San Francisco 33 TAMPA BAY 14; Chicago 38 CLEVELAND 31; INDIANAPOLIS 25 Houston 3; Buffalo 27 JACKSONVILLE 20; MIAMI 24 New England 20; MINNESOTA 48 Philadelphia 30.