Peephole perspective: Giants, 35-0. Eli Manning passed for two more touchdowns, while Charlie Whitehurst threw two interceptions in Giants’ territory.
Player of the quarter: Manning. Peyton’s kid brother was locked in, not only in the quarter but for the entire half. He was 6 of 7 on the Giants’ final TD drive of the half for 71 yards, and finished the half with 17 completions in 21 attempts for 232 yards and three TDs.
Play of the quarter: The Seahawks finally put together a mini-drive, as Charlie Whitehurst passed for 7 yards to WR Deon Butler and third-and-6, ran for 2 yards on fourth-and-1 and then hit WR Mike Williams for a 17-yarder. But on the next play, Giants CB Corey Webster looped behind Williams to intercept Whitehurst’s pass at the New York 14-yard line.
Number of the quarter: 35. That’s how many points the Giants scored in the first half.
Injury report: Seahawks TE Chris Baker injured a foot and his return was listed as questionable. For the Giants, Webster got leg cramps, but was expected to return.
The bigger picture: On the first play of the quarter, Charlie Whitehurst’s pass went off WR Mike Williams and Giants CB Terrell Thomas intercepted the carom and returned it to the Giants’ 27-yard line. The Giants drove 73 yards in 11 plays to Eli Manning’s second TD pass – a 6-yarder to WR Steve Smith on a third-and-5 play. The big play in the drive was Manning’s 22-yard to Hakeem Nicks to the Seahawks’ 21 on third-and-13.
The Seahawks picked up their second first down with 8½ minutes left in the half on Whitehurst’s 7-yard pass to WR Deon Butler on third-and-6. They then converted a fourth-and-1 as Whitehurst ran for 2 yards. Whitehurst then passed to Williams for 17 yards, and another first down to the Giants’ 25. But his next pass – to Williams – was intercepted by CB Corey Webster.
On the ensuing series, the Seahawks were again victimized by their season-long bugaboo – a screen pass. This one went to WR Mario Manningham on third-and-4, and it went for 32 yards to the Seahawks’ 48. The 10-play, 86-yard drive ended with Manning passing for 5 yards to TE Kevin Boss – who took the pass in the end zone between FS Earl Thomas and SS Kam Chancellor. Manning was 6 of 7 for 71 yards.
The Seahawks’ final possession of the half ended when Whitehurst’s fourth-down pass to Williams sailed long.