The Seattle Seahawks’ game against the heavily favored New York Giants in Week 9 stands as an ultimate test for Qwest Field’s cosmic powers.
Little or nothing about the matchup itself appears to favor Seattle. But even a decent performance at home can sometimes carry a team to victory through improbable means.
The Giants famously committed 11 false-start penalties and missed three field goals at Qwest Field in 2005, helping Seattle escape with a 24-21 overtime victory. The Seahawks had a Super Bowl team that season, however, whereas the current team is rebuilding and far less healthy.
If the Seahawks do pull an upset Sunday, home-field edge will surely come into play. It’s just tough to bank on the false-start storyline given how much the Giants have improved in that area under coach Tom Coughlin:
Tackle David Diehl has only 12 false-start penalties over the last four seasons, including zero in 2010, after racking up 21 from 2004 to 2006.
Luke Petitgout, who committed 10 false-start penalties for the Giants in 2005, had three in 2006, his final season with the team.
Guard Chris Snee had seven false-start penalties in 2004, Coughlin’s first season with the team. He has only one over the last three seasons.
Seattle’s opponents have committed 99 false-start penalties at Qwest Field since 2005, the highest figure for any stadium in the league. The Giants committed three there during a 2006 game between the teams.
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