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Sunday, December 15, 2013
Rapid Reaction: New York Giants

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A few thoughts on the New York Giants' 23-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

What it means: Not a heck of a lot, really. The Seahawks are 12-2, probably the best team in the NFL and a strong bet to play on this field in the Super Bowl seven weeks from now. The Giants are 5-9, now assured of their first losing season since 2004, which was the first in New York for both Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning. There was a decent chance it would look as though the Giants didn't belong on the same field as Seattle, and it did.

Stock watch: Eli Manning, DOWN. The Giants quarterback threw five more interceptions, bringing his league-leading total to 25 for the season, which ties his career high (set in 2010) with two games still to go. He also took three more sacks, which extends his career-high total in that category to 36 for the season.

Cruz injured: Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz left the game in the second half with a concussion and a knee sprain after jumping high in the air to nearly make a brilliant catch (it was ruled incomplete on replay) and landing hard on his head. Cruz had 25 receiving yards in the game and has 998 for the season, so if the injuries keep him out the final two games, he'd fall just short of a third straight 1,000-yard season. Obviously, and as they should, the Giants will use the appropriate caution before putting Cruz back into a game. The league's concussion protocol could dictate whether his season is done.

Futility: This is the second time this season the Giants have been shut out. They lost 38-0 in Carolina in Week 3. The last time the Giants were shut out twice in a season was 1996.

What's next: The Giants travel to Detroit next weekend to face the Lions, who are 7-6 and in first place in the NFC North with their Week 15 game still to come on "Monday Night Football."