Seattle needs just one kick

Associated Press
Published November 28, 2005

SEATTLE - The Seahawks survived a huge NFC challenge - barely.

Giants kicker Jay Feely missed three field goals, including two in overtime, and Seattle's Josh Brown hit a 36-yarder as the conference-leading Seahawks outlasted New York.

Feely failed on the final play of regulation from 40 yards, then missed from 54 and 45 yards in the extra session. Matt Hasselbeck's 38-yard pass to D.J. Hackett got Seattle close for Brown.

Shaun Alexander rushed 31 times for 110 yards, 94 after halftime, and former Giant Joe Jurevicius had eight receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns, all before the frantic, seesaw finish.

"That was something, wasn't it?" Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said, sighing.

Immediately after, Feely stood up before his teammates and said, "I'm sorry I let you down."

"People are going to say it's a team game," Feely said. "But the fact of the matter is you have to come through when you have one opportunity, much less two good opportunities."

Added New York coach Tom Coughlin: "It's just an empty feeling when you lose like that."

With its seventh straight win, Seattle is one victory or a St. Louis loss from clinching consecutive NFC West titles. The Giants fell into a tie for first place in the NFC East and host the Cowboys on Sunday.

Eli Manning grew beyond his 24 years and toward franchise-quarterback status, though ultimately in defeat.

He established career highs of 29 completions and 53 attempts and had 344 yards passing, eight fewer than his career high set Sept.25, with two touchdowns.

The second was to Amani Toomer and was followed by a two-point conversion to Jeremy Shockey with 1:59 left to tie it at 21.

Feely could have avoided overtime had he not hooked his 40-yard try just outside the left upright to end regulation. Then he left a 54-yard attempt short with 10:43 to go in overtime and was short and wide left from 45 yards less than five minutes later.

That last miss came after Tiki Barber outran all but one Seattle defender for 41 yards on the first play of a drive.

Barber finished with 151 yards rushing. Jurevicius, a former Buc, had eight catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns against the team that drafted him in 1998.

NOTABLE: Giants punter Jeff Feagles set the league record for consecutive games with his 283rd. He held the mark with defensive lineman Jim Marshall, who played from 1960-1979 with the Browns and Vikings. Feagles, 39, has not missed a game in his 18-year career. ... Seattle's Kelly Herndon left after injuring his left knee late in the first half. Coach Mike Holmgren said the fourth-year cornerback would miss a couple of weeks.