The Giants' running game is struggling. With running back Brandon Jacobs and center David Baas on the sideline, Ahmad Bradshaw gained just 58 yards rushing on 17 carries with no touchdowns. Backup D.J. Ware managed only three yards on four carries and he was stuffed for a safety by Anthony Hargrove, who came in untouched. The Giants gained a total of 69 yards and averaged just 2.8 yards per carry.
Eli Manning threw for a career-high 420 yards and three TDs and had the Giants in position for another comeback victory. Victor Cruz also continued to make plays with eight receptions for 161 yards and a touchdown. However, Manning and Cruz both lost a fumble. Manning also threw three INTs, one of them going off the hands of Cruz that resulted in a 94-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:08 left.
The Giants forced two fumbles and recovered both deep in their own territory as the Seahawks were threatening to score in the first half. But they were gashed again for the third straight week as Marshawn Lynch, who gained 98 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. He had 68 in the first half only just five carries. The Giants have allowed 145 or more rushing yards to a team in three straight weeks.
The Giants collected six sacks but they struggled against the no-huddle again and couldn't come up with the stops when they needed them. Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst combined to pass for 315 yards and two TDs and the Giants suffered a defensive breakdown when Doug Baldwin scored on a wide open 27-yard TD pass with 2:37 remaining after Antrel Rolle and Aaron Ross both covered outside wide receiver Ben Obomanu.
Leon Washington averaged 23.7 yards per kickoff return and 11.5 yards on punt returns but did not score a TDs even though he appeared close to breaking one several times. Steve Weatherford averaged 49 yards per punt and had one terrific corner punt that pinned Washington to the sideline. Devin Thomas did have a 37-yard kickoff return. And the Giants special teams managed even after losing long snapper Zak DeOssie to a concussion.
The Giants said they prepared all week for the no-huddle yet couldn't stop it. They came out flat, failed to stop the run, couldn't establish the run and still had chances to win in the fourth quarter. But they blew two fourth-quarter leads and lost to a team that ranked dead last in the NFL in total offense. Tom Coughlin took the blame after the game but it's not totally his fault. The Giants have a lot of work to do.