Peephole perspective: Giants, 21-0, as Ahmad Bradshaw scored on a couple of short runs and Eli Manning passed 46 yards to Hakeem Nicks for the third TD.
Player of the quarter: Manning was 7 of 8 for 109 yards and the TD, for a 158.3 passer rating.
Play of the quarter: Manning’s TD pass, as he lofted the ball to Nicks who grabbed it against CB Kelly Jennings and rolled into the end zone.
Number of the quarter: 94. It’s Junior Siavii’s uniform number, and he turned in a senior-level performance in the first quarter of his first start for the Seahawks with two solo tackles, including one of the loss, and a fumble recovery.
The bigger picture: The Seahawks got the ball first when Giants QB Eli Manning called tails in the coin toss and it came up heads. But the Seahawks not only went three-and-out, they netted minus-5 yards – and the first completion of Charlie Whitehurst’s first regular-season start went for minus-3 yards.
The defense got the ball back when LB Aaron Curry forced a fumble that was recovered DT Junior Siavii – on a third-down play that was called a complete pass, but reversed after the Seahawks’ challenge the ruling. But again, the Seahawks when three-and-out.
The Giants then drove 52 yards in seven plays to a 2-yard TD run by Ahmad Bradshaw. The biggest play on the drive was a 16-yard pass interference penalty against CB Marcus Trufant on an incomplete third-ans-9 pass to WR Hakeem Nicks. Manning was 3 of 4 for 30 yards, with two of the passes going to Bradshaw for 22 yards.
After another three-and-out by the Seahawks, the Giants struck again – this time as Manning lofted a pass to Nicks, who was covered by CB Kelly Jennings, for a 46-yard TD. The four-play, 63-yard drive again included a key third-down penalty against the Seahawks, as FS Earl Thomas was flagged for illegal contact on Manning’s third-and-eight pass to Steve Smith. The Giants scored on the next play. Maning was 2 of 2 for 56 yards.
It only got worse, as Leon Washington fumbled the kickoff return on a hit by Travis Beckum and LB Jonathan Goff returned it 22 yards to the Seahawks’ 4-yard line. Bradshaw scored on the next play to make it 21-0 with 2:03 left in the quarter.
But Washington then broke a 57-yard return to the Giants’ 32 and the quarter ended with the Seahawks facing a second-and-16 situation at the 17.