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December 15, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Seahawks reaction: What national media say about Giants demolition

Here are some highlights and links to media coverage of the Seahawks’ 23-0 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday. The themes are that the Seahawks may have given a  preview of the Feb. 2 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium, an0ther outstanding performance by quarterback Russell Wilson and a smothering Seahawks defense.

Terry Blount, ESPNNewYork.com

If the Seattle Seahawks return to this stellar, and likely frigid, facility in a few weeks for the game of games, it will be because of a defense with depth, talent and skills like no other.

Quarterback Russell Wilson is the glamour boy of this team, and deservedly so, as he showed once again in a 23-0 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

But posting a shutout for the first time this season, along with picking off five Eli Manning passes, at the venue where the Super Bowl takes place in seven weeks is something to remember.

Ian O’Connor, ESPNNewYork.com

Seattle coach Pete Carroll, the Dick Clark of the NFL (the league’s oldest teenager), arrived with a winterized contender that can pound the ball and bang on both sides of the line like most credible Northeastern contenders of the past. Carroll also arrived with a smart and opportunistic quarterback, Russell Wilson who, at 25, has his best years ahead of him.

Manning can’t make the same claim with the same degree of confidence, not after throwing more interceptions this season than Geno Smith has thrown.

Hank Gola, New York Daily News

It’s almost certain that the next time the Seahawks hit the road, it would be to return for Super Bowl XLVIII in February. After dismantling the Giants in their backyard Sunday, the Seahawks (12-2) return to close out the regular season at home against the Rams and Cardinals, on the verge of clinching home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. And who’s going to beat them in front of their 12th Man at CenturyLink Field?

Quite a few of those 12th men were heard Sunday at the Meadowlands, where the Seahawks kicked the tires and found the place to their liking.

Jarrett Bell, USA Today

In case you haven’t heard, Super Bowl XLVIII will be staged here in 49 days and the Seahawks (12-2) can virtually smell the path to come back here for the big game.

Naturally, there would be questions about this. Lots of them.

“I’m not even worried about that right now,” said Earl Thomas, the brilliant free safety for a unit that allowed a season-low 181 yards and picked off Eli Manning five times. “We’re going to keep grinding and get ready for the next opponent.”

Dave Hutchinson, Newark Star Ledger

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson this afternoon turned MetLife Stadium into his personal playpen and it may be a prelude to Super Bowl XLVIII.

Wilson’s numbers weren’t awe-inspiring – 18 of 27 passes for 206, one touchdown and one interception (he ran eight times for 50 yards) – but his timing was.

Wilson made several athletic plays in which he scrambled out of trouble and made pinpoint throws on the run or raced for a first down.  …

That Wilson can run left and throw left across his body with pinpoint accuracy (he did it several times) is one of the things that separate him. Also, he displayed tremendous arm strength. He has the moves of a running back.

“You pick your poison,” Giants defensive end Justin Tuck. “Obviously, he’s a great athlete and he’s very quick.”

Neil Best, Newsday

At first it was a slump. Then it was a trend. Then it was a concern.

Yesterday, Eli Manning’s season officially turned into a nightmare for the quarterback, the Giants and their fans.

The only question that matters now is whether he will wake up from this awful dream in time to resume what early in 2012 appeared to be a Hall of Fame career in the making.

Harvey Araton, New York Times

Maybe next time. Maybe if Russell Wilson can make it back to MetLife Stadium in another month and a half for the annual orgy of excess known as the Super Bowl, the weather will cooperate more and be less of a tease.

By the time Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks’ offense onto the field Sunday afternoon against the remains of the Giants, the scant evidence of Saturday’s snowstorm was wedged against the fences. The field was artificially green. The end zones were fittingly (and in relation to the Giants’ season, depressingly) blue. The stands were manually and impressively cleared of snow.

Wilson is a quarterback who somehow never played, only practiced, in the white stuff at Wisconsin, and he said he was let down by the vagaries of the Northeast’s climate.

“Yesterday, it was just coming down, something like eight inches,” Wilson said before the Seahawks coasted to a 23-0 victory at the listless stadium that will host the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. “It would have been cool to play in the snow.”

Stay tuned. By winning the final road game on their schedule, the Seahawks (12-2) improved the odds that the next flight they book out of Seattle will be to the New York area. Their playoff road to the Super Bowl could be at home, where they are unbeaten.

“New York City, Jersey, whatever you call it, it’s a beautiful place,” Wilson said.

Barry Wilner, The Associated Press

Everyone knows how cozy the Seahawks are in Seattle. They found another place that feels like home, and it’s a pretty good choice considering what the Meadowlands will host in February.

Seattle manhandled the New York Giants  23-0 Sunday for its sixth road win, holding the hosts to 181 yards. This is the best Seahawks road team in their history at 6-2. They are 6-0 at home.

Should they return to New Jersey this season, it would be for the Super Bowl.

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