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November 9, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Seahawks 38, Giants 17: First impressions

Jerry Brewer: Earl Thomas’ end-zone interception in the third quarter should be considered the play of the game. With the score tied at 17 and the Giants mounting their only decent drive of the second half, quarterback Eli Manning threw a pass into the right corner of the end zone — Richard Sherman’s corner — the same place where Sherman had “The Tip” in the NFC Championship Game last season. This time, rookie Odell Beckham Jr., who had an incredible game (seven catches, 108 yards), went against Sherman. As both players went after the football, Beckham held Sherman (there was no flag) to restrict how high the cornerback could jump. But Sherman’s coverage was so tight that Beckham could only manage getting a hand on the ball himself. Beckham wound up tipping the pass into the arms of safety Earl Thomas, who returned it to the Seattle 42-yard line. It was the turning point of the game. From that point on, the Seahawks dominated.

Larry Stone: It should never be overlooked how ferociously Marshawn Lynch plays on every single down. His  energy and will is what drives the Seahawks, and it was never more in evidence than today – and there was a stretch early when the Seahawks needed the lift.

Bob Condotta: This was a game the Seahawks absolutely had to win as the schedule now turns into a stretch of six straight games against teams with winning records that all still harbor playoff hopes — two each against the 49ers and Cardinals that figure to determine the outcome of the NFC West. And while Seattle’s sloppiness early made it close, the Seahawks played with an urgency in the second half that indicated the critical nature of the game, simply taking over up front. If Seattle can replicate this effort the rest of the season, the NFC West isn’t out of reach.

Jayson Jenks: The Seahawks rushed for a franchise-record 350 rushing yards, and it is no coincidence that it happened with the return of Russell Okung and Max Unger, neither of whom played last week because of injuries. The Seahawks were without starting guard James Carpenter, but Alvin Bailey filled in nicely and they dominated the line of scrimmage.

Percy Allen: The Seahawks’ defensive dominance began at the line of scrimmage where they stymied New York’s running game. Credit tackles Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel, who were nearly impossible to block early in the game. Seattle allowed just 54 rushing yards — 22 in the second half. In the fourth quarter, the Giants nearly abandoned the ground game and attempted two runs on 15 plays from scrimmage.

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