After his 236th game as NFL head coach, Pete Carroll prevailed.
Legally confused. At a loss for the answer. Like he was a disgusting cartoon character killed with a sledgehammer.
The steadily improving Giants defense played its best game of the season against NFL MVP candidate Russell Wilson and faced Carroll’s high scoring offense without a touchdown until the fourth quarter.
result? 17–12 win over Seattle Seahawks First place in the NFC East.
“It’s just an unapproachable feeling we’re not putting a point on the board,” Carroll said. “I need to watch the film to see what the heck happened and why it was like that. It’s not like that. None of us saw us playing like that. So it was very difficult.”
Here’s what he’s going to do on the review: Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham has been the reason for quarterbacks and top offensive coaching minds all season.
“We always joke about how Pat is like a computer,” said defensive lineman Leonard Williams. “I swear he can remember a play he ran six years ago and knew where it was in that game. He’s like ‘Play 56 in Year 7 in the Buccaneers,’ and I like it. Is, ‘What? How does this guy miss that stuff?’ He’s just a genius when it comes to scheming, and understanding who he has and what he has to go against. “
Wilson passed for just 216 yards with an interception and a lost fumble and was running for his life on five sacks and other pressures. The game ended with a fitting, Wilson rolling in circles behind the line of the souvenir and throwing a prayer as he took a bullet from BJ Hill to the mouth, looking up at James Bradberry to see an incompleteness.
“I’m not going to lie: The team had a different sword and a different juice,” said security Jabrill Peppers. “Because we knew that if we play our brand of football – tough, hard-nosed, physical football – then we could shock a lot of people.”
Williams is surprising many people.
After relying on the pressures for years, Williams has become a game-breaker to prove that he is a pass-racer. He tied his Pro Bowl résumé with a career-high 2.5 sacks on Sunday, and took his season to a career-best 8.5 to four games.
Suddenly, the one-year, $ 16 million deal for General Manager Dave Gaeltman’s franchise Tag Williams – an outrageous number given his previous production – doesn’t seem so silly.
“The plan has been fun, the people around me are helping me play great, the system is helping me play great,” Williams said. “There are a lot of things that help players reach their potential and I think it’s all coming together.”
The most impressive part is that an injury-free linebacker is relying on four rogues with the core – Cam Brown, Carter Coughlin, Tae Crowder and Nico Lalos.
“It’s the standard,” Pepper said. “We don’t care who’s outside. If you’re not following the standard, people can’t go there.”