Massive underdogs going into Sunday's game, the Seattle Seahawks were able to string together a stellar game that stunned the unsuspecting New York Giants at their home stadium en route to a 36-25 victory.
Seattle opened the scoring right away with an eight-play drive culminating in an 11-yard touchdown pass from Tavaris Jackson to Ben Obomanu. Later in the first quarter, Marshawn Lynch would make a one-yard run to put the Seahawks ahead 14-7.
Oddly enough, the only Seahawks player who contributed to more than one scoring play was Steven Hauschka, who kicked two field goals in a wild fourth quarter.
Perhaps "wild" is understating it a bit. This game had everything you could ask for, including a safety, a two-point conversion, and a pick-six by Brandon Browner with just over a minute left on the clock to seal the deal for the Seahawks.
Also of note is that the Seahawks had less total plays, less total yards, less passing yards, and less time of possession in this game than the Giants, while accruing more penalty yards. Seattle even managed to lose two fumbles and throw an interception.
The difference in the numbers lies in two key stats. The first is the rushing yards. The Seahawks ran for 145 yards (98 of which were by Lynch), compared to only 69 rushing yards by the pass-happy Giants. The second key area was turnovers. Although the Seahawks had three turnovers, the Giants managed a whopping five. They lost two fumbles and Manning threw three interceptions, including the final, costly Browner pick-six.