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NFC West Final: Seattle Seahawks Fall To 4-4, St. Louis Rams Back Into First Place

Out of it from the first moments of the game, the Seattle Seahawks could only watch the clock tick away as the New York Giants put the finishing touches on a 41-7 beating that sent the Seattle Seahawks, at 4-4, into a tie for first place in the NFC West with the inactive St. Louis Rams.

The Giants were way out in front from the first quarter forward, taking a 35-0 lead into halftime. Eli Manning was 21 of 32 with 290 yards and three touchdowns, while Brandon Jacobs, Danny Ware, and Ahmad Bradshaw combined for 201 rushing yards. All told the Seahawks’ defense allowed 487 total yards.

Their offense was no better, combining for 162 of their own. Charlie Whitehurst, thrust into the starting role after Matt Hasselbeck’s concussion, was 12 of 23 with 113 yards and two interceptions. Marshawn Lynch ended the game with 11 carries for 48 yards, but the Seahawks were so far behind so early that the running game was never established.

Heading into this week’s action there was a chance that three teams could be tied at 4-4 in the wide-open NFC West. But the Arizona Cardinals’ stunning loss to the Minnesota Vikings left the St. Louis Rams and the Seahawks alone atop the division at .500.