Final/OT

Giants 21

(7-4, 2-3 away)

Seahawks 24

(9-2, 6-0 home)

4:15 PM ET, November 27, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 OT T
NYG 0 10 3 8 021
SEA 7 0 7 7 324

Top Performers

Passing: E. Manning (NYG) - 344 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Barber (NYG) - 26 CAR, 151 YDS

Receiving: J. Jurevicius (SEA) - 8 REC, 137 YDS, 2 TD

Three missed FGs doom Giants in OT loss to Seahawks

SEATTLE (AP) -- The more the Seahawks tried to hand the game to the Giants, the more Jay Feely kept kicking it back.

It was over when ...
Jay Feely missed his third consecutive field-goal attempt. Any of the three -- one with four seconds remaining in regulation, two in overtime -- would have given the Giants a win. Instead, after his final miss, the Seahawks drove downfield, setting up Josh Brown's game-winning 36-yarder.
Game ball goes to ...
Who to pick in a game like this? Brown, for actually making a field goal in overtime. The Giants' offense, for getting in position three different times, twice after Feely misses, to pick up a huge win. And Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander, for finally taking advantage of Feely's miscues and guiding Seattle's winning drive.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen This is another game that the 'Hawks would've lost last season and, with the Cowboys also losing this week, it may have pretty much wrapped up home-field advantage for them. The Seahawks' only real competition for home-field advantage is the Bears. Seattle's remaining schedule is actually pretty easy, with the obvious exception of the Colts. That game could be a preview of the Super Bowl, but I still would like to see the 'Hawks in the NFC Championship Game to see how the defense holds up.
-- Eric Allen

And short. And wide.

NFC-leading Seattle survived a wild finish and an even wilder overtime to steal a 24-21 victory Sunday over New York, which had three chances to win with Feely -- 23-of-25 on field goals up to that point -- on the field.

The result of each belied an impressive Giants effort: Feely was barely wide left on a 40-yarder on the final play of regulation, short on a 54-yard try in overtime and wide right and way short on a second chance in the extra period from 45 yards.

By the third miss, the Seahawks were finally ready to capitalize.

Matt Hasselbeck lofted a 38-yard pass between the Giants' zone coverages to push Seattle from its 24 to the New York 38. Then Josh Brown made a 36-yard field goal with 2:45 left in overtime.

Seattle's seventh straight victory leaves it one win or a St. Louis loss away from clinching the NFC West; the Seahawks are now 9-2 for the first time since 1984 -- which is also the last time they won a playoff game. They have only one game remaining against a team with a winning record, Dec. 24 against Peyton Manning's undefeated Indianapolis Colts.

"What was it, three [misses]?" Hasselbeck said after he completed 21-of-37 passes for 249 yards and two scores and an interception.

November's leading rushers
Larry Johnson 569
Shaun Alexander 563
Warrick Dunn 478
Reuben Droughns 401
Edgerrin James 315

"Shoot, I kind of think we are still in shock, really," he said.

Not as much as New York.

The Giants (7-4) missed a chance -- make that three prime chances -- to become 8-3 for the first time since their 2000 Super Bowl season. Instead, they bitterly fell back into a tie atop the NFC East with the Cowboys, who they host this Sunday.

First, they'll have to get over this one.

"There is no way. I will give you my house if he misses this one," Giants runner Tiki Barber said, when asked his thoughts before Feely's third miss.

That miss wasted a 49-yard run by Barber to the Seattle 31 that seemed to seal what had already been a topsy-turvy game. Barber finished with 151 yards on 26 carries.

Immediately after the thrilling, seesaw finish, Giants coach Tom Coughlin mentioned Feely to his players in the locker room. Before Coughlin could say much, Feely stood up and spoke.

"I said, 'I'm sorry I let you down,'" Feely said. "People are going to say it's a team game and they're going to say the right things. But the fact of the matter is that you've got to come through when you have one opportunity -- much less two good opportunities."

Even the two kicks he made earlier, from 39 and 43 yards in the second and third quarters, plopped softly just yards beyond the cross bar.

At least one of his teammates forgives him.

"Jay's my boy ... He's saved our butt three or four times," linebacker Antonio Pierce said.

"He's human. He's going to make mistakes ... he came in here, said what he had to say," Pierce said.

Feely's misses ruined a career day from Giants quarterback Eli Manning. In defeat, he grew beyond his 24 years and toward franchise-quarterback status of older brother Peyton. The younger Manning established career highs of 29 completions and 53 attempts. He had 344 yards passing -- eight behind his career high set Sept. 25 against San Diego -- with two touchdowns.

The second was to Amani Toomer, who deftly dragged his right foot into his left inside the back line of the end zone for an 18-yard score with 1:59 left. Manning followed that with a two-point conversion to Jeremy Shockey to tie it at 21.

Shockey caught 10 passes for 127 yards and a first-half touchdown.

In that opening half, the Giants' slanting and scheming defense throttled the Seahawks' top-ranked offense. New York followed Dallas' successful script of last month by shoving as many as nine defenders close to the line of scrimmage against NFL rushing leader Shaun Alexander, daring Seattle to win through the air.

But New York led only 10-7 at that point, largely because of 11 penalties. The Giants ended with 16 flags for 114 yards, their most in 56 years. That included an amazing 11 flags for false starts -- five against left tackle Luke Petitgout and three against left guard David Diehl.

Diehl said the raucous crowd at sold-out Qwest Field made him do it.

"This is the loudest it's been [on the road]," Diehl said.

Alexander, who had seven carries for 16 yards at halftime, finally broke through midway through the third quarter. He gained 40 yards on one drive. Joe Jurevicius ended that march with a 16-yard touchdown catch. Seattle had a 14-13 lead with 4:36 left in the third quarter.

Jurevicius finished with eight catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns.

Game notes


Barber eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing in a season for the fifth time in his career. He is tied with Rodney Hampton for the most in Giants history ... Jurevicius' 137 yards receiving ties his career high, set Oct. 9 at St. Louis ... Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said starting left cornerback Kelly Herndon will miss at least two weeks with a left knee injury, which occurred in the second quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NYG
SEA
1st Downs2517
Passing 1st downs
1611
Rushing 1st downs
75
1st downs from penalties
21
3rd down efficiency
8-196-19
4th down efficiency
0-01-1
Total Plays8474
Total Yards490355
Yards per play5.84.8
Total Drives1618
Passing324228
Comp-Att
29-5321-37
Yards per pass
5.85.7
Interceptions thrown
11
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-203-21
Rushing166127
Rushing Attempts
2834
Yards per rush
5.93.7
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-20-3
Penalties16-1148-65
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
11
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession39:2132:54

Passing Leaders

NYGC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manning29/533446.5213-20
SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Hasselbeck21/372496.7213-21

Rushing Leaders

NYGCARYDSAVGTDLG
Barber261515.8049
Manning2157.509
SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Alexander311103.5120
Strong11010.0010

Receiving Leaders

NYGRECYDSAVGTDLG
Shockey1012712.7124
Burress610918.2024
SEARECYDSAVGTDLG
Jurevicius813717.1235
Hackett24723.5038

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNYGSEA
seaTD0:51Joe Jurevicius, 35 yd pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 76 yds, 1:06
07
SECOND QUARTERNYGSEA
nygFG4:27Jay Feely 31 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 46 yds, 3:59
37
nygTD1:14Jeremy Shockey, 7 yd pass from Eli Manning (Jay Feely kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 79 yds, 2:02
107
THIRD QUARTERNYGSEA
nygFG10:25Jay Feely 35 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 1 yds, 0:43
137
seaTD4:42Joe Jurevicius, 16 yd pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 56 yds, 1:59
1314
FOURTH QUARTERNYGSEA
seaTD4:44Shaun Alexander, 4 yd run (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yds, 6:30
1321
OVERTIMENYGSEA
nygTD2:03Amani Toomer, 18 yd pass from Eli Manning( for 2pt conversion)
Drive info: 8 plays, 57 yds, 2:23
2121
OVERTIMENYGSEA
seaFG2:49Josh Brown 28 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 47 yds, 3:16
2124