If all goes according to plan for the Seahawks, they won’t play a game outside of Seattle after today’s 23-0 laugher over the Giants until they return to the stadium to play the AFC champion in the Super Bowl.
Their play on Sunday made that outcome feel like a good bet. The Seahawks totally overwhelmed the Giants offense, limiting them to 181 yards for the game and well less than that during any part of the game that was remotely competitive. Eli Manning threw five more interceptions, tying his career high of 25 interceptions for a season, and the Giants offensive line offered no resistance to the Seahawks pass rushers.
Give the Giants defense credit for not throwing in the towel when given so little help from their friends, but there wasn’t much they could do to make the result different on Sunday. Their stops and takeaways would be met with interceptions or three and outs and the punt coverage team let Golden Tate loose a couple of times, allowing to the Seahawks to grind their way to 327 yards and 23 points on short fields.
The opposition will be considerably stiffer than these Giants in the weeks to come, but the Seahawks didn’t do anything to make you question their spot as the favorites in the NFC heading into the playoffs. With one more win, they’ll have the home field advantage to go along with that.