The Seattle Seahawks had no problem traveling across the country to pick apart the New York Giants, as the top-seeded team shut out the home team, 23-0. Despite the big win, it wasn't the most impressive performance from the Seattle offense that was set up with five interceptions.
Danny Kelly of SB Nation's Seahawks blog, Field Gulls, commented on the slow performance by the Seattle offense, although he wasn't too concerned:
On offense, things looked a little bit ... off, but overall nothing overly concerning. Golden Tate dropped/didn't catch a few passes that we'd normally see him come down with, Russell Wilson had a few key overthrows on plays that could have been touchdowns, and Marshawn Lynch never really broke out rushing, finishing with just 2.9 YPC. Coming in, we knew the Giants have a very good defense (10th per DVOA) and a very strong pass rush, so it's not overly surprising that they created some issues for Seattle's offense. That said, Wilson did finish with a solid 18-of-27 line (67%) for 206 yards, one touchdown, and one (quite terrible) interception. Wilson did rush for 50 yards though, and connected with Lynch six times for 73 yards, which was a nice little supplement to the run game.
The Giants offense was much more concerning, as quarterback Eli Manning finished with five interceptions, upping his season total to a career-high 25 interceptions thrown. Ed Valentine of SB Nation's Giants blog, Big Blue View, called the performance "amateurish" and questioned the effort of Manning's receivers, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.
Eli Manning was amateurish at quarterback. He threw a career-worst five interceptions, not one of them on a ball that was thrown on target. Manning has now tied his career-worst with 25 interceptions, and has surpassed Charlie Conerly as the Giants' franchise leader in interceptions with 169. Manning's passer rating Sunday was a ridiculously Sanchez-ian 31.9.
Manning, however, wasn't the only member of the offense who was awful. On four of those picks you have to question the effort by star receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.
The Giants, already eliminated from the playoffs, will play their final road game of the season in Week 16 when they travel to face the Detroit Lions, while the Seahawks will keep control of the NFC with a home game against the Arizona Cardinals.