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Rapid Reaction: Giants 44, Seahawks 6

10/5/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
This one was over early. The Giants didn't miss Plaxico Burress at all because his replacement, Domenik Hixon, was superb. Hixon had four catches for 102 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with a concussion in the first half.

The Giants spent a ton of time in training camp working on the deep ball, and Hixon received a lot of those reps because Burress was recovering from an injury. New York also gashed the Seahawks with the run. Brandon Jacobs had his biggest day of the season with 136 yards and two touchdowns.

By the end of the first quarter, the Seahawks were completely one dimensional on offense. Mathias Kiwanuka and Dave Tollefson each had a sack but defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo called off the dogs before the first half ended. The Giants had 342 yards at the half.

Quarterback Eli Manning was brilliant, finishing 19-of-25 for 267 yards and two touchdowns. Tom Coughlin didn't want to talk about Burress' absence after the game, but this was obviously a statement game. Coughlin preaches that no one is bigger than the team, and there was evidence of that on the field Sunday.

Sinorice Moss took advantage of some rare playing time and scored two touchdowns in the second half. Tight end Kevin Boss told the Daily News is was like an old-fashioned high school blowout. And for one day, that was a fitting description for the Seahawks.