COMFY SEA­HAWKS MAN­HAN­DLE GI­ANTS

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

Ev­ery­one knows how cozy the Sea­hawks are in Seat­tle. But on Sun­day they found another place that feels like home — and it’s a pretty good choice, con­sid­er­ing what the Mead­ow­lands will host in Fe­bru­ary.

Seat­tle man­han­dled the New York Gi­ants 23-0 for its sixth road win, hold­ing the hosts to 181 yards.

This is the best Sea­hawks road team in their his­tory at 6-2; they are 6-0 at home. Should they re­turn to New Jersey this sea­son, it will be for the Su­per Bowl.

“I think that’s ad­van­ta­geous to us,” star cor­ner­back Richard Sher­man said af­ter grab­bing two of a ca­reer-worst five in­ter­cep­tions thrown by Eli Man­ning.

“Any time you are com­fort­able with a sta­dium and a locker room and the time zone change and the weather, it helps. You get in a rou­tine, get a rap­port with the place.”

Seat­tle has quite a chance to be at MetLife Sta­dium again if it con­tin­ues to per­form the way it did against the over­matched Gi­ants (5-9).

“Just be­ing hu­man, you know about it,” coach Pete Car­roll said of the first out­door Su­per Bowl in a cold weather city.

“It’s not im­por­tant now. When the time comes, if we put our­selves in po­si­tion to do that ...”

Mar­shawn Lynch scored on a twist­ing, triple-ef­fort two-yard run, Steven Hauschka kicked three field goals and Rus­sell Wil­son toyed with New York’s de­fense. The sec­ond-year quar­ter­back ran for 50 yards and threw for 206 and a TD be­fore sit­ting out the last few min­utes.

Wil­son has 23 wins, the most for a quar­ter­back in his first two sea­sons in the Su­per Bowl era.

“Win­ning a lot of games is re­ally im­por­tant,” said Wil­son. “It’s what we come to do ev­ery day, to have a cham­pi­onship day, have a cham­pi­onship year.”

The Sea­hawks (12-2) are al­ready in the play­offs and are clos­ing in on the NFC West ti­tle and their best over­all record; they went 13-3 in 2005 be­fore los­ing to Pitts­burgh in the Su­per Bowl.

New York will be deep into its off­sea­son by the Su­per Bowl with its first los­ing record since 2004.

“It prob­a­bly pretty much shows why we’re in this sit­u­a­tion where we have only five wins and they are the top of the NFC and play­ing great foot­ball,” said Man­ning, who has tied his ca­reer high with 25 in­ter­cep­tions.

It was Seat­tle’s first shutout since a 58-0 romp over Ari­zona on Dec 9 last year.

The Gi­ants lost 38-0 to Carolina in Week 3.

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