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Wild fourth quarter ends with Seahawks victory

Seattle Seahawks' Lynch is congratulated by Coach Carroll after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during their NFL football game in East Rutherford Reuters

There were 30 points scored in the first three quarters of Sunday’s Giants-Seahawks game.

The teams were just getting warmed up, because they combined for 31 points in a wild fourth quarter that took Victor Cruz from hero to goat to hero and, finally, back to goat.

Cruz made one of the best catches you’ll see this year on an Eli Manning pass into double-coverage with the Giants losing 19-14 early in the fourth quarter. The ball was tipped in the air, Cruz tipped it again and then reeled it in with one hand while running for a 68-yard touchdown that woke up the Meadowlands crowd after three dismal quarters from the Giants. Cruz’s thriller was soon followed by a fumble on a catch inside Giants territory. There was no rule to save Cruz this time, so the Seahawks recovered and turned it into a Steve Hauschka field goal that tied the score at 22.

The Seahawks took a 29-25 lead later in the quarter after an impressive drive led by Charlie Whitehurst, playing in place of the injured Tarvaris Jackson, ended with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin. The undrafted rookie, who has been one of the underrecognized breakout players of the season, beat a befuddled Aaron Ross and Antrel Rolle for a wide open score that set the stage for another Manning fourth quarter comeback.

It looked like it would happen when he hooked up with Cruz for two passes that brought the ball to the Seattle five. Manning looked Cruz’s way again after a false start, but Cruz slipped while bobbling the ball and Brandon Browner snatched it out of the air for a 94-yard touchdown. Manning threw a terrible interception as the Giants tried to engineer one last chance and that gave the Seahawks their first win against a New York City-area on the road team since 1983.

The final margin was pretty indicative of the way the game went for most of the day. Three Seahawks turnovers, 10 penalties and the Jackson injury allowed the Giants to hang around despite a total lack of a running game and a poor performance by the entire offensive line. The defense created a lot of pressure on the two Seattle quarterbacks, but they got off to a slow start in other facets of the game to help Seattle build a lead they seemed destined to blow. Until, of course, they didn’t.

That makes it a good win for Pete Carroll, who had to be pleased by the way his team kept coming back to make plays after making terrible mistakes. Tom Coughlin, on the other hand, has to be wondering why his team refuses to start playing games until the fourth quarter. Manning finished with a career-high 420 yards, but his four turnovers were all killers and the Giants seemed to suffer from an intensity deficit for much of the game.

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  1. sportswannabe says: Oct 9, 2011 5:03 PM

    4 TO’s were all killers?

    Fumble was terrible, but didn’t cost any points and we weren’t in scoring position.

    INT 1 was terrible, but same deal, no points given up.

    INT 2 was Victor Cruz’s fault on the goal line. Just unfortunate to slip there.

    INT 3 was when down 11 with 40 seconds to play, and he was pushing the ball down the field. The throw wasn’t great, but the game was essentially over at this point.

  2. hawkman84 says: Oct 9, 2011 5:06 PM

    Man, its quiet on here…wonder where all those Giants fans are now that my Hawks shut em all up today!

    Hahahaaaaaaa!

    Chokin on all those Seahawks jokes now, huh?

    Luv it!

    Think of us when you’re sippin on your Starbucks fix today, NY!

    That includes all the homers at PFT too!

    Including you, Whiny Boy Alper!

    Deuces!

  3. jshawaii22 says: Oct 9, 2011 5:15 PM

    Harbaugh has to be slapping himself for letting Balwin sign with the Hawks. PC pulled one on the 49′ers.

    This is why we love football!!!

    js

  4. kd75 says: Oct 9, 2011 5:16 PM

    You mean: “Combined for 61 points”

  5. hawkman84 says: Oct 9, 2011 5:16 PM

    Btw, I’m still waiting to hear about how this was a Giants loss and not a Seahawk victory!

    Let’s go PFT and the rest of the media, all of Seahawk nation is waiting….we all have our boots on too…..we’re waiting…..

    Hahahahaha!

    Can’t wait to read about this in the Daily News tomorrow!

    Right after I go to Starbucks!!!

    Hahahaaaaa!

  6. gmen5280 says: Oct 9, 2011 5:24 PM

    When you play ugly, more often then not, you loose ugly. Until they fix their oline blocking, there will be many more games like this. Well at least I can take solace in the Cream Team loss.

  7. trollhammer20 says: Oct 9, 2011 5:30 PM

    This should be one of the games the NFL re-shows on the NFL network this week.

    As a Seahawks fan, I’m liking the way this team seems to be headed. Still making too many mistakes, but that’s to be expected with the youngest starting 22 in the NFL.

    Five games in, Chancellor and Thomas appear to be the real deal – best young safety combination in the league. And Doug Baldwin, wow, how did this guy go seven rounds without being drafted? Leading the team in catches, and should get at least a nomination for NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

  8. seattlerogueburner says: Oct 9, 2011 5:31 PM

    Charlie threw about as many yards in one quarter as T-Jack did in 3. Hawks young receivers really stepped up today, as week as their defense. Especially Thurmond III and Browner.

    Everyone besides our starting QB played great. Can’t wait to see what the future holds! Just keep building the team Pete. There are those who have tons of faith in ya!

  9. ctp603 says: Oct 9, 2011 5:40 PM

    I’m flabbergasted.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 9, 2011 5:52 PM

    The Giants always play down to the level of competition. I’m not even surprised. Killdrive has to go.

  11. stampnhawk says: Oct 9, 2011 5:57 PM

    Jackson played fantastic, running the no huddle effciently before getting hurt.

    Should’ve been 31-14 at half, thanks to Jackson getting them into the red zone, only to have two fumbles from his backs, away.

    Kudos to Whitehurst for stepping in and keeping the offense going.

    Little credit to the Seahawks on the broadcast, and here, when it should’ve been done in the first half.

  12. skins23 says: Oct 9, 2011 6:13 PM

    Even with the lucksack Giants getting all the breaks again, they couldn’t beat the freakin’ Seahawks with Jesus at QB.

    OVERRATED, as always.

    Thanks for leaving the Skins alone in first.

  13. cliffordc05 says: Oct 9, 2011 6:24 PM

    Carroll and Schneider have accomplished a lot in two years of off-season acquisitions and drafts. They have completely remade the roster and seem to have most pieces in place except the quarterback. Their approach was mocked by many of the so called experts who kept wondering why they did not choose a qb in the draft or keep Hasselback. Well the fact was that they did not particularly like the qb’s in the last draft and Matt would not have made it through the four preseason games and first few games of the year. If you haven’t been watching this team it is hard to appreciate how much they have improved.

  14. hawkman84 says: Oct 9, 2011 6:40 PM

    Although I admit Matt would have been knocked around with this new O-line, it’s just sad and very unfitting to see him leave before his time.

    The line is young and are inevitably gonna make their mistakes but you gotta think that with Matt’s leadership, savvy, and experience he would’ve gotten more out of them during our ugliest moments the first 2 weeks. And boy were we ugly for a moment there.

    Just hard not seein good ol’ #8 in our backfield.

    Can’t wait til he comes back to Qwest (thats right CenturyLink, I said it…Qwest!)!

  15. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 9, 2011 6:44 PM

    Seabags fans thinking they’ve turned some corner. We always play down to the level of competition. You’ll go right back to 30 pts total in 3 games again.

  16. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 9, 2011 6:45 PM

    Skins will finish 6-10 and they’re on here gloating. Expected.

  17. chrismatthewsucks says: Oct 9, 2011 6:56 PM

    hahaha Suck it Giants.

  18. tatum064 says: Oct 9, 2011 7:02 PM

    Dont look now, but it’s 27-21 Patriots, and the Jets have the ball…7:07 remaining in fourth quarter

    Could Gang Green pull one out?

  19. tatum064 says: Oct 9, 2011 7:05 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Oct 9, 2011 6:44 PM
    Seabags fans thinking they’ve turned some corner. We always play down to the level of competition. You’ll go right back to 30 pts total in 3 games again.
    ========================
    Seahawks arent who you should be worrying about. Niners dropped 48 on the BUCS. WTF?! They chased them out of Candlestick. Harbaugh got those guys playing hard….

  20. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 9, 2011 7:13 PM

    I’ve been a Giants fan for 28 years. Watch us beat New England AFTER keeping the Dolphins in it the week before.

  21. dallassux says: Oct 9, 2011 7:14 PM

    Karma’s a bitch giants fans. Big mouths 2 weeks ago. Nothing more than an 8-8 team this week.

  22. hawkman84 says: Oct 9, 2011 7:20 PM

    Hey Mr. Wrong 212:

    And Eli will CONTINUE to 30 TURNOVERS total in 3 games again too!

    Hahahahahaaaa!

    Man, yall Giants fans make it too easy!

    Greatest city in the world???….Hah, yeah right!!!

    Way to go GGGGGGG-Strings!

  23. hawkman84 says: Oct 9, 2011 7:24 PM

    @Mr. Wright212:

    What corner??? Apparently we don’t even need to turn a corner to beat you……Mr. WRONG!!!

    Hahahahaaaaaa!

  24. schmitty2 says: Oct 9, 2011 7:25 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Oct 9, 2011 6:44 PM
    Seabags fans thinking they’ve turned some corner. We always play down to the level of competition. You’ll go right back to 30 pts total in 3 games again.

    Really..thats the best you have?? Your team lost so let’s try and knock the winning team. Loser!

  25. bigbluefan1 says: Oct 9, 2011 8:06 PM

    Ok so the Seachickens sucked less then the Giants today typical Giants playing to the level of the other team.

    When the Season is over the Giants will get into the play off and you folks in Settle will go back to drinking coffee and thinking about the rain and fog and wonder Kurt Cobain had the right idea.

    If my G-men were going to lose at least it was a meaningless loss

    We get another crack at the deadskins and the cream team is about done so the NFC East will belong to the Giants in the end

  26. ctp603 says: Oct 9, 2011 8:16 PM

    Mr. Wright 212, while I love your undying fanaticism for our beloved Giants, get a clue about the rest of the league.

    The Redskins and the Seahawks have turned the corners. They are the two teams who have beat the Giants this year – give them their due my man.

  27. snoqualmieterry says: Oct 9, 2011 8:18 PM

    I am a Hawks fan, but it helped that Eli had a so so game. I am proud of Whitehurst coming off the bench and playing well enough to win. Our run defense is pretty good and our OLine is slowly getting better.

  28. wferg1121 says: Oct 9, 2011 8:29 PM

    Great win by the seahawks today, well deserved.. Yeah Seattle is good for a week, and their fans can feel important again and feel good about their team. You guys should remember this win against the Giants all year, because at the end of the season, that is all you will have. Unfortunately reality will eventually set in, Seahawks really do suck and they will still be irrelevant.

  29. hawkman84 says: Oct 9, 2011 8:48 PM

    @bigbluefan1:

    Hey bigblue,

    Wasn’t that your same thought process last season?

    ANd how did that turn out…..?

    With you and the G-Strings sitting at home on the couch WATCHING us play in the postseason!

    Remember that?

    I do!

    And with as many Starbucks shops as there are here in NY don’t even try to play us like that, as much as NYers aimlessly make their way there to get their fix. You can’t walk 2 blocks without running into 10 Starbucks!

    When you’re there tomorrow morning getting your fix, before you take your first sip….just take a sec to think about us puttin it on your G-strings today!

    That’s Seattle you’re tastin!

  30. east96st says: Oct 9, 2011 8:51 PM

    The reality of this game is both offenses looked like they were playing at a Jr High level and the winner would be the team that made one fewer mistake in an awful, sloppy, and amateur showing. That said, hats off to Seattle for winning it at the end. What’s hysterical is Seattle fans, a Skins fan, and an Eagle fan are trolling. Neither Seattle nor Philly has ever won a Super Bowl and probably never will and the Skins haven’t won one since 92. Seattle is going nowhere this season, Philly is done, and on the odd chance that the Skins make the playoffs, either Green Bay, Detroit, or New Orleans will beat them by at least 28 points. Enjoy your fantasies boys that your teams are relevant. Giants won’t be holding the Lombardi this season, but I was at a Super Bowl parade for my team in 2008. When did you boys go to one for YOUR team?

  31. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 9, 2011 8:56 PM

    Seabags luck up in not one but TWO games and their fans are gloating. Amazing.

  32. hawkman84 says: Oct 9, 2011 8:58 PM

    @wferg1121:

    And we will still have beaten the Giants Week 5 and nothing will change that, so it doesn’t really matter now does it!

  33. cmb79 says: Oct 9, 2011 9:06 PM

    I had a feeling this would happen. After two comebacks and playing a game that, on paper, they should have rolled, and with a tough(er?) game against Buffalo coming, I just knew this wouldn’t be a smooth one.

    It shows that you need to be on point with every opponent, and the focus and effort just wasn’t there.

    They need to get it right or this season could start snowballing downhill quick.

  34. 23yankees says: Oct 9, 2011 9:06 PM

    8-8 will win the division.. Giants only need to muster 5 more wins.

  35. goldrush36 says: Oct 9, 2011 9:16 PM

    jshawaii22 says: Oct 9, 2011 5:15 PM

    Harbaugh has to be slapping himself for letting Balwin sign with the Hawks. PC pulled one on the 49′ers.

    This is why we love football!!!

    js

    ___________________________________________________

    Can’t sign them all man, can’t sign them all…. He’s proving to be a real solid value pick up. Now on the other hand, PC still hasn’t ever beaten Harbaugh and the Niners are sitting on cruise control in 1st place. So in the end PC hasn’t done much harm to us.

  36. hawkman84 says: Oct 9, 2011 9:29 PM

    @east96st:

    Inaugural year of Seattle Seahawks franchise: 1976

    Inaugural year of the New York Giants: Probably some time around when Moses parted the Red Sea

    Yeah, kudos to you, if you will, to a person whose team should have won a Super Bowl by now since your franchise has been around since the Stone Age.

    Us, on the other hand, we’re only a 35 year old franchise, relatively young compared to relics like NY.

    We’re patient.

    Let me guess….did you bring your red and blue baton with you to your lil ole sweet parade too?

  37. bigbluefan1 says: Oct 9, 2011 10:04 PM

    Hey chicken man yes you were in the playoffs last year of course in the NFC Worst anyone could have made the play offs the difference is the Giants have made the playoff won them and won 3 SB we have lost as many as the seahags have played

    So enjoy your day the 9ers will the worst and there will be no wild card in the worst Div in football

    So go get your starbucks and enjoy the rain

  38. east96st says: Oct 9, 2011 10:09 PM

    “Inaugural year of Seattle Seahawks franchise: 1976″

    In those same 35 years, the Giants won THREE Super Bowls. Sure the Giants have been around for awhile, but how is that relevant? I’m not discussing NFL Championships, which happened prior to the Super Bowl era. Do coaches and players stay around for decades on end? Nope. The simple reality is for 35 years, Seattle had the SAME opportunity as the Giants did and came up empty. Tampa’s first year was 1976 and they won one and Dallas started in 1960 and won five. So, spend your life in your little town and let us know when your team finally manages to win the one game that really counts. Enjoy your trolling. It’s clearly all you have.

  39. sweetnlow44 says: Oct 9, 2011 11:21 PM

    “Everyone besides our starting QB played great.”

    Give me a break. TJack played pretty damn well. And he’s done so more often than not since coming to Seattle. I’m so sick of Seahawk “fans” hating on TJack just because they think it’s the cool thing to do. Sure, the first couple games he played a little lost and held the ball too long. But, since then, there’s not a whole lot to complain about.

    Besides, if you want to single any one Seahawk out for not playing great today, your attention should be drawn to Aaron whiff Curry.

  40. thevalsalvamanouvre says: Oct 10, 2011 12:29 AM

    “When the Season is over the Giants will get into the play off and you folks in Settle will go back to drinking coffee and thinking about the rain and fog and wonder Kurt Cobain had the right idea.”

    You’re like 13 years old, right?

  41. hawkman84 says: Oct 10, 2011 12:47 AM

    @east96st:

    As a ‘Hawks fan in New York City–not a town–I can tell you that the only game that counts right now was the one played today!

    And we just won that one TODAY!!!

    Seahawks 1 G-strings 0

    This is clearly all I need to have TODAY!

    Hahahahaahaaa!

  42. hawkman84 says: Oct 10, 2011 12:59 AM

    @bigbluefan1:

    Actually, its gonna be sunny tomorrow here in NY, no rain.

    And Starbucks does sound like a good idea tomorrow now that you mention it.

    No better feeling than a lil Starbucks and a newspaper on Monday after your team took care of business on Sunday!

    Let’s Go ‘Hawks!

    Hahahahahaaaaaaaa!

  43. savannahrose44 says: Oct 10, 2011 1:04 AM

    bigbluefan1 says:
    Oct 9, 2011 8:06 PM
    Ok so the Seachickens sucked less then the Giants today typical Giants playing to the level of the other team.

    When the Season is over the Giants will get into the play off and you folks in Settle will go back to drinking coffee and thinking about the rain and fog and wonder Kurt Cobain had the right idea.

    If my G-men were going to lose at least it was a meaningless loss

    We get another crack at the deadskins and the cream team is about done so the NFC East will belong to the Giants in the end

    LOL you’re funny.

    Never count out a divisional opponent that currently has a lead on your team. Redskins play the Eagles next week… Giants play the Bills…

  44. socalseahawker says: Oct 10, 2011 1:27 AM

    So what happens when the winner of the NFC East does go 8-8 or HEAVEN FORBID 7-9 and go to the playoffs? Do they “deserve” to be there? Ask the Saints that question.
    Big win for the Hawks today! I can’t remember the last time they traveled East and played decent, let alone won. This team is SO MUCH more fun to watch than the team PC and J Schnide inherited. I’m “All in.”
    To all the Hawk fans that frequent this site, haters gonna hate. You should know that by now.

    12th Man!! Go Hawks!!

  45. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 10, 2011 7:52 AM

    Why is this one seahawk fan acting like he just won the superbowl?

  46. n0hopeleft says: Oct 10, 2011 10:29 AM

    I guess when you don’t win that much, beating a team like the Giants is like your Superbowl.

    Congrats Seattle.

    Good luck with the 49ers this year.

  47. youdownwithjpp says: Oct 10, 2011 11:46 AM

    hawkman84 says:
    Oct 9, 2011 8:48 PM

    And with as many Starbucks shops as there are here in NY don’t even try to play us like that, as much as NYers aimlessly make their way there to get their fix. You can’t walk 2 blocks without running into 10 Starbucks!

    ———————————————

    Do you own stock in Starbucks? I know they originated in Seattle, but shut up already.

    And yeah we get it, a lot of yuppies from NY drink Starbucks. Sure, that’s Seattle’s ONLY claim to fame, but at this point it’s just annoying.

    Good game for the Seahawks, they looked like the better team out there so they deserved to win.

    But like a hawks fan pointed out earlier Eli, had a so so game. Bradshaw couldn’t get it going, and we were without Tuck.

    I’d be surprised it the Seahawks make it past .500 this season.

  48. pftuser says: Oct 10, 2011 2:53 PM

    Enough evidence in that win for the Seahawks to be removed from the ‘intentional’ ‘suck for Luck’ talk?

  49. savannahrose44 says: Oct 11, 2011 6:46 AM

    youdownwithjpp says:
    Oct 10, 2011 11:46 AM

    And yeah we get it, a lot of yuppies from NY drink Starbucks. Sure, that’s Seattle’s ONLY claim to fame, but at this point it’s just annoying.

    ONLY claim to fame huh? I’d say Microsoft, Nordstrom, Amazon.com, Jones Soda, Mikes Hard Lemonade Co., and Boeing would argue otherwise but nice try.

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