EAST RUTHERFORD: Seattle embarrassed the New York Giants 23-0 on Sunday in a performance the Seahawks hope was a sign of things to come in the Super Bowl at the same MetLife Stadium.
The playoff-bound Seahawks intercepted Giants quarterback Eli Manning five times and took another step toward securing the National Conference post-season top seed.
Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell had two interceptions apiece and the Seahawks limited the Giants to 181 total yards in what New York coach Tom Coughlin called “a pathetic offensive performance”.
“It felt great to us,” Seahawks safety Earl Thomas said. “The biggest thing is how much fun we had. Guys were out there playing free like it was backyard football.”
It was the first time in 18 years that the Giants were shut out at home.
The venue took on even more significance since it is where the Super Bowl will be held on February 2, in what promises to be a chilling climax to the NFL season.
Marshawn Lynch added 120 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown for the Seahawks, who went into the contest one game in front of New Orleans in the race for home field advantage.
The Saints stumbled Sunday in a 27-16 loss to the St. Louis Rams.
The Green Bay Packers kept their playoff hopes alive as they matched the biggest comeback in club history in erasing a 23-point halftime deficit to edge Dallas 37-36.
Eddie Lacy’s one-yard touchdown plunge with 1:31 to play completed the Packers’ epic comeback, achieved with starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers still sidelined by a broken collarbone.
With backup Matt Flynn guiding the offense, the Packers scored touchdowns on their first five possessions of the second half.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, meanwhile, threw in-terceptions on Dallas’ last two possessions.
The Cowboys remained a game behind NFC East division leaders Philadelphia, who fell 48-30 to Minnesota.
The Kansas City Chiefs locked up their playoff spot with a 56-31 victory over Oakland.
Jamaal Charles racked up 195 receiving yards and five total touchdowns in a record-setting performance for the Chiefs.
Four of Charles’ eight catches were for touchdowns and he ran for another TD. He’s the first player in NFL history to post four touchdown receptions and one running TD in a game.