Seattle romps in possible Super Bowl rehearsal

Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:37pm EST
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By Larry Fine

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had his first glimpse at MetLife Stadium and it was love at first sight as he led the NFC West leaders to a 23-0 rout of the New York Giants on Sunday.

Wilson completed 18-of-27 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown, and ran eight times for 50 yards, while the Seahawks defense manhandled Giants quarterback Eli Manning with five interceptions to turn the home crowd into boo birds.

Seattle (12-2) hopes Sunday's triumph will be the first of two happy dates for the Seahawks at the Meadowlands, where the Super Bowl will be held on February 2 in the first outdoor, cold weather site for the big game.

"It's hard not to think of it when you are 12-2," wide receiver Golden Tate told reporters. "It's tough not to think about it."

Said Wilson: "I think the biggest thing that we can learn from playing here and getting a win is we'll just have a great feel for the stadium. We've been here before, we were successful here. That's a positive thing.

"You get good vibes when you come back."

The win moved the Seahawks, who have already claimed a berth in the postseason, another step closer to clinching the NFC West title and securing home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Seattle has won 14 straight games before their noisy home fans.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll praised his defense for giving up only 181 yards to the Giants, and his quarterback, whose knack for winning has resulted in 23 wins over his first two seasons.   Continued...

Dec 15, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws a pass as he is taken down by New York Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph (97) in the first half during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports - RTX16JZ7