The New York Giants haven't fared well in Seattle over the years, so they want to make sure to not return to Qwest Field for a playoff game this season. ESPN.com's John Clayton addressed this topic in his weekly First-and-10 column.
"The Giants have had two bad experiences going cross-country and playing the Seahawks," writes the affable Professor Clayton. "In 2005, they lost in overtime, 24-21. The next year, they lost a 42-30 shootout in which the Seahawks jumped to a 35-0 first-half lead. The games have been marred with false starts and mistakes. If the Giants lose, it could set up a possible return to Qwest in the playoffs. For that to happen, the Seahawks would have to win the NFC West and the Giants would have to get a wild card behind either the Eagles or Redskins. Winning Sunday would put the Giants on a path to win the NFC East and to not have to worry about traveling back to Seattle."
It's a shame the NFC West gets to send a team to the playoffs, but it's something the league refuses to address. And Clayton certainly has a point. The Giants can't afford to lose to an injury-depleted Seahawks team and run the risk of returning in the wild-card round of the playoffs. I think the Eagles are about to get on a little roll, so the Giants need to keep stacking wins.