Dec 23, 1:00 pm (CBS) - Seahawks at Giants
| Game 14
The Giants came from behind to win for the second week in a row.
Michael Strahan returned a fumble 13 yards for a touchdown and had 1 sack.
Kerry Collins was 30-47 for 338 yards and 1 TD.
Ron Dayne had a 31 yard touchdown run.
Ike Hilliard caught a 7-yard touchdown pass with 20 seconds left in the game.
Amani Toomer had 8 catches for 124 yards.
That was some game.
"Oh man, oh man, oh man. I can't believe what they put me through. There are so many highs and lows in a Giants game that you're on an emotional roller coaster the whole time. Suddenly our defense can't stop the run, and the running back we passed on last year (Shaun Alexander) finishes the Seahawks drive off with a
a 29 yard touchdown run to take the early lead. We come right back using the running back we did take (Ron Dayne) and he scores on a 31 yard run to tie it. Then we get gyped on the replay challenge that should have kept them from scoring."
We also thought that Sehorn's interception should have held up
"Well, it didn't, and after they kick a field goal, we're behind again. OK, so we go on to sack their quarterback and recover the ball for a touchdown, and pretty soon with about three and a half minutes left, we have the ball, and it looks like we'll be going into halftime leading 14-10 , plus whatever we can get off the quarter ending drive from our 6 yard line.
Of course instead, Collins acts like he has all day to pass, and lets them swat the ball from his hands in the endzone for a touchdown to take the lead again. It's a good thing Collins came back and got us close enough for a field goal after that, with some nice completions to Hilliard, Jurevicius and Toomer."
It was a tied 17-17 at the half.
"And I was already exhausted! I'd seen enough to fill a whole football game by then. I mean Ron Dayne had run 31 yards for a touchdown. Strahan had recovered a fumble and run it in for a touchdown. Sehorn had an interception that didn't count. Collins had passed for over 150 yards already, and still we weren't ahead
in a game that we really needed to win. It didn't get any easier to watch, not scoring in the third quarter and going into the fourth quarter losing,and seeing Sehorn come out of the game. We trailed until there was less than 30 seconds left in the game. I don't need this!"
Think the Giants can beat the Eagles next week?
"Who can say? This team does just enough to win, or just enough to lose in every game they play and they've been doing this all year!"
Kerry Collins threw a lot of passes this game.
"He was 30-47 for 338 yards, and Collins needed 263 yards for the first back-to-back 3,000-yard seasons of his career, and it was the first by a Giant since Phil Simms did it in 1988, and 1989. His numbers were real good, and how often does this offense score as much as 2 touchdowns in one game?
Seriously though, Kerry Collins was on today, and he really showed me something when he shook off that facemask grab to complete a pass to Toomer for 25 yards in the second quarter."
Fassel said this week, "We rated Ron higher. Over time, it will be justified."
"I don't think even he thought anything much would happen this game, but it was nice to see Ron Dayne match Shaun Alexander's touchdown with one of his own. Ron takes a lot of criticism, but except for an occasional burst, neither he nor Tiki could get much going today against the Seahawks. It was good to hear the response from the fans when Ron got that touchdown. He's a team player
and has to know that everyone wants to see him succeed."
What did you think of that replay challenge?
"I think about 78,00 fans in the stands were reaching for a buzzer they didn't have thinking that Seattle was going to get the play off before Fassel called for it. Then after they said Sehorn didn't have control of the ball for the interception, I think about 78,000 fans were wondering where the Cleveland fans got those nifty half filled plastic beer bottles to throw down on the
field. That's a bad joke of course, but I think the Giants got jobbed on that one."
"Mike Barrow should be mentioned. He never quits, and came a long way around a big bunch of guys to swat that ball out of quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's hands. It might have caused Strahan a sack the way that play was going, but I'm sure Strahan won't complain about the fumble recovery touchdown he got instead.
Also, some players that get no respect keep plugging away. Ike Hilliard - I mention him only because he didn't get a renogiated contract and raise he was hoping for after coming up big for the Giants last year (others did). He caught the much needed winning touchdown. Dave Thomas put a final end to the game with his interception, and Jason Sehorn did a great job playing hurt."
Giants - Kerry Collins 30-47 for 338 yards, 0 INT, 1 TD.
Seahawks - Matt Hasselbeck 15-26 for 185 yards, 1 INT, 1 TD.
Giants - Tiki Barber 12-47, Ron Dayne 7-42, Kerry Collins 2-minus 1.
Seahawks - Shaun Alexander 28-96, Koren Robinson 1-2, Matt Hasselbeck 1-0.
Giants - Amani Toomer 8-124, Ike Hilliard 7-105, Tiki Barber 6-24, Joe Jurevicius 4-52, Greg Comella 4-17, Dan Campbell 1-16.
Seahawks - Darrell Jackson 4-25, Koren Robinson 3-58, Shaun Alexander 3-36, Christian Fauria 2-12, Mack Strong 1-35, Itula Mili 1-3, Alex Bannister 1-16.
Net yards rushing
Giants - 88
Seahawks - 98
Net yards passing
Giants - 332
Seahawks - 161
Giants - Omar Stoutmire (1-18) Ron Dixon (4-50)
Seahawks - Kerry Joseph (1-21) Charlie Rogers (5-119)
Giants - Tiki Barber (4-24)
Seahawks - Charlie Rogers (3-43)
Giants - Kerry Collins, Ron Dixon
Seahawks - Matt Hasselbeck
Opponents Fumbles Recovered
Giants - Michael Strahan
Seahawks - John Randle, Paul Miranda
Time of Possession
Giants - 30:30
Seahawks - 29:30
Giants - Shaun Williams 10-2-0, Michael Barrow 8-3-1, Cornelius Griffin 6-3-0, Jessie Armstead 5-2-0, Sam Garnes 6-0-0, Michael Strahan 3-2-1, Jason Sehorn 2-2-0, Keith Hamilton 2-2-1, Will Allen 2-1-0, Brandon Short 0-3-0, Kenny Holmes 1-1-0, Will Peterson 1-1-0.
Seahawks - Anthony Simmons 8-2-0, Marcus Robertson 7-3-0, Chad Brown 5-5-0, Willie Williams 5-3-0, Michael Sinclair 4-2-0, Ike Charlton 4-1-0, Reggie Tongue 3-2-0, Levon Kirkland 4-0-0, Chad Eaton 2-1-0, Antonio Cochran 1-2-1, John Randle 2-0-0, Paul Miranda 1-0-0, John Hilliard 1-0-0, Kerry Joseph 1-0-0.
Sea - TD (9:17) Play: Shaun Alexander 29 Yard Run (Rian Lindell Kick) Drive: 10 plays, 81 yards in 5:03 Key Plays: • Hasselbeck 6-yard pass to Fauria on 3rd-and-4 to Seattle 31 • Alexander 9-yard run to Seattle 45 • Hasselbeck 16-yard pass to Bannister to New York 37 SEATTLE 7-0
NYG - TD (12:07) Play: Ron Dayne 31 Yard Run (Morten Andersen Kick) Drive: 5 plays, 76 yards in 2:50 Key Plays: • Barber 10-yard run to New York 31 • Collins 26-yard pass to Hilliard on 3rd-and-2 to Seattle 43 SEATTLE 7, NY GIANTS 7
Sea- FG GOAL (3:29) Play: Rian Lindell 20 Yard Drive: 5 plays, 51 yards in 2:08 Key Plays: • Hasselbeck 42-yard pass to Robinson to New York 11 SEATTLE 10-7
NYG - TD (9:08) Play: Michael Strahan 13 Yard Fumble Return (Morten Andersen Kick) NY GIANTS 14-10
Sea - TD (11:36) Play: John Randle Recovered Fumble In End Zone (Rian Lindell Kick) SEATTLE 17-14
NYG - FG (14:45) Play: Morten Andersen 32 Yard Drive: 10 plays, 59 yards in 3:09 Key Plays: • Collins 13-yard pass to Hillard to New York 41 • Collins 14-yard pass to Jurevicius to Seattle 45 • Collins 17-yard pass to Toomer to Seattle 15 SEATTLE 17, NY GIANTS 17
Sea - TD (2:07) Play: Shaun Alexander 16 Yard Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Rian Lindell Kick) Drive: 4 plays, 30 yards in 1:53 Key Plays: • Miranda recovery of Dixon fumble at New York 30 • Hasselbeck 10-yard pass to Alexander to New York 15 SEATTLE 24-17
NYG - FG (2:19) Play: Morten Andersen 33 Yard Drive: 12 plays, 49 yards in 4:59 Key Plays: • Barber 1-yard run on 3rd-and-1 to New York 46 • Collins 19-yard pass to Hilliard on 3rd-and-10 to Seattle 35 • Collins 12-yard pass to Toomer to Seattle 23 SEATTLE 24-20
NYG - TD (14:40) Play: Ike Hilliard 7 Yard Pass From Kerry Collins (Morten Andersen Kick) Drive: 10 plays, 96 yards in 2:32 Key Plays: • Collins 28-yard pass to Toomer to New York 32 • Collins 18-yard pass to Jurevicius to Seattle 39 • Collins 18-yard pass to Hilliard to Seattle 7 NY GIANTS 27-24
Last week against the Cards, the Giants completed a 70 yard drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Toomer to come from behind with 25 seconds left.
This week the Giants went 96 yards, hitting Ike Hilliard with a 7 yard pass to come from behind with 20 seconds left.
Michael Strahan had 1 sack, giving him 18 for the season.
Lawrence Taylor holds the Giants' team record with 20 1/2 in 1986.
Mark Gastineau holds the NFL record with 22.
Collins' fumble was his 19th of the season. The NFL record is 21, held by Tony Banks in 1996.
Giants at Eagles Dec 30 at 4:00 pm.