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           === Manning throws five picks as Seahawks blank Giants ===
 
 East  Rutherford, NJ  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The Seattle  Seahawks had  a most
 enjoyable  trip to MetLife  Stadium. It may not be their last visit there this
 season.
 
 The current NFC front-runners intercepted Eli Manning five times in a stifling
 defensive  effort  that set the tone  for a 23-0  win over the New York Giants
 that  moved the Seahawks another step closer toward sewing up the conference's
 No. 1 overall seed.
 
 Richard  Sherman and  Byron  Maxwell each  had two  picks  and Seattle  (12-2)
 limited  the Giants to  181 total yards in dealing New York its first regular-
 season shutout loss at home in 18 years.
 
 "You have to say something about the defense giving up less than 160 [passing]
 yards  on  the day against a  quarterback like that and those receivers," said
 Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. "A lot of it happened up front, but our guys
 on  the back  end came through again  with the matchups that we had and played
 great coverage all day long."
 
 Marshawn  Lynch  added 120  yards  from  scrimmage  and  a touchdown  for  the
 Seahawks,  who now  own  a commanding  two-game lead  over  their closest  NFC
 competitors with two to play after New Orleans lost at St. Louis on Sunday.
 
 Seattle  has  its final two regular-season  outings at home, where it has gone
 14-0  over  the last  two  years,  giving the  Seahawks  the  inside track  to
 represent the NFC when MetLife Stadium hosts Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2.
 
 "It's a beautiful place," Sherman remarked. "We'd love to be back."
 
 Russell  Wilson  finished 18-of-27  for 206  yards with  an interception and a
 touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin, who caught six balls for 71 yards in the rout.
 
 Manning  finished with 156 yards on 18-of-31 passing for New York (5-9), which
 is  assured  of a  losing  season  for the  first  time  since the  struggling
 quarterback's rookie campaign in 2004.
 
 "Offensively  we just didn't have much," said Manning. "We didn't run the ball
 very well. We didn't throw the ball well. We didn't block things well, so they
 took everything away from us and we just didn't have much to lean on."
 
 Seattle's defense was especially smothering over the course of the first half,
 limiting  the  Giants to 54  total yards and  two first downs and intercepting
 Manning three times on the way to building a 13-0 lead.
 
 The  Seahawks'  initial scoring drive  came as  a result of excellent starting
 position  created  by a New York  three-and-out and Golden Tate's 19-yard punt
 return  to the  Giants' 42.  A  12-yard catch  by  Lynch then  put Seattle  in
 position  for Steven  Hauschka's 49-yard field goal midway through the opening
 quarter.
 
 After  Manning's  second interception, a deep  ball in which Sherman had tight
 coverage  on  Hakeem Nicks,  the Seahawks  marched 62 yards  in seven plays to
 extend  the margin  on Lynch's  determined 2-yard  run with  5:30 left  in the
 half.  Three Wilson completions to Baldwin that totaled 47 yards helped set up
 the touchdown.
 
 Seattle's offense showed its will again on its next series. Tate fought to get
 a  first down on an 8-yard catch and Lynch followed with a tackle-breaking 30-
 yard  grab deep  into New York territory,  putting Hauschka in range for a 44-
 yard field goal just before the intermission that made the score 13-0.
 
 The  second half  began much like the first, with the Giants generating little
 on  offense  and Seattle getting terrific  field position after a 17-yard punt
 return by Tate. Wilson then moved the Seahawks down to the 1-yard line, though
 they  ultimately  settled for  a Hauschka  24-yard field  goal when New York's
 defense held deep in its own end.
 
 Maxwell's  second pick  of the day, a  takeaway out of Nicks' hands inside the
 Giants'  20-yard  line, led to  Wilson's 12-yard strike  to Baldwin on a slant
 route that increased the lead to 23-0 early in the fourth quarter.
 
 New  York's  only scoring threat of  the day came on its second-to-last drive,
 but  resulted  in yet another  turnover. On a  2nd-and-10 from the Seattle 13,
 Manning's  fade  toss for Nicks  was tipped away by  Sherman and landed in the
 hands of Earl Thomas to keep the shutout bid intact.
 
 "Today it just seemed like their guys made plays," said Manning. "They went up
 and grabbed some balls and took it away from our guys."
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Manning's  five interceptions  were a  career high  and the  most by  a Giants
 quarterback  in a  game since Jeff Rutledge  threw five at New Orleans on Nov.
 22,  1987  ...  Wilson joined  Peyton  Manning  and  Dan  Marino as  the  only
 quarterbacks  in  NFL history to throw  50 or more touchdown passes over their
 first  two seasons ...  Giants wideout Victor Cruz exited the game late in the
 third  quarter with a concussion and a sprained knee after falling hard to the
 turf while attempting to make a catch ... Lynch compiled 73 receiving yards on
 six  catches and  47 rushing yards on  16 carries ... The Giants' last shutout
 loss  at home during  the regular season came against Dallas on Sept. 4, 1995.
 New  York was  handed a 23-0 defeat  by Carolina at Giants Stadium in the 2005
 NFC Wild Card Playoffs.
 
 12/15 20:17:04 ET