The Seattle Seahawks beat the New York Giants 24-3 in a thrilling Monday Night Football matchup. From Geno Smith’s knee injury scare to Devon Witherspoon’s record-breaking pick-six, the game was full of memorable moments. Here’s a rundown of what happened that night.
Geno Smith’s Unexpected Exit and Return
Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith made headlines when he had to leave the game temporarily due to a knee injury. Smith sustained the injury after catching his own batted pass and attempting to escape the pocket. Isaiah Simmons’ tackle caused Smith’s legs to twist in an awkward manner. Despite the setback, Smith made a triumphant return in the second half, leading the Seahawks to a 24-3 win over the Giants. His resilience was evident as he finished with 109 yards and a touchdown on 13-of-20 passing.
The Seahawks’ defence was nothing short of spectacular. Devon Witherspoon, a rookie cornerback, made headlines with a 97-yard interception return for a touchdown. This was the longest pick-six by a Seattle defence since 2018. Furthermore, the Seahawks tied a team record with 11 sacks, emphasising their defensive domination. Bobby Wagner, Jordyn Brooks, Witherspoon, and Uchenna Nwosu all had two sacks.
Giants’ Struggles Continue
The Giants had a difficult night, as quarterback Daniel Jones was sacked 11 times. Jones also had two interceptions, one of which was the aforementioned Witherspoon pick-six. The Giants’ offensive troubles were clear, as they scored only three points in their first two home games, the fewest by any team in the last 40 years.
In addition to Smith’s knee injury, Seahawks safety Jamal Adams suffered a setback. Adams suffered a concussion after colliding with Jones in his first game since hurting his quadriceps in the 2022 season opener. He never returned to the game.
The Seahawks enhance their record with this victory and look forward to the next test. Head coach Pete Carroll expressed confidence in the team’s growth, saying, “We’re just getting started.” The Giants, on the other hand, must recover and fix their obvious deficiencies, especially with games against the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills on the horizon.
The game between the Seahawks and the Giants highlighted Seattle’s strength and New York’s continued troubles. Both clubs’ mettle will be tested as the NFL season develops, and it remains to be seen how they will fare in the upcoming challenges.