Geno Smith, the Seahawks’ quarterback, re-entered the game during the second half of Monday night’s 24-3 victory against the Giants, following a knee injury that had sidelined him for three possessions.
Smith suffered the injury during the second quarter when he caught his own batted pass and attempted to evade the pocket around the edge. Linebacker Isaiah Simmons tackled Smith, resulting in an awkward twist of the quarterback’s legs underneath him.
Facing a third-and-13 situation, Smith initially headed towards the sidelines but then re-entered the field, engaging in a heated exchange with Giants defensive back Xavier McKinney.
On the following play, Smith encountered difficulties in his movement and nearly threw an unorthodox side-armed pass that could have been intercepted by Kayvon Thibodeaux.
Fortunately, the pass fell harmlessly to the ground. However, Smith subsequently spent the entire next drive in the blue medical tent and did not rejoin the game for the rest of that quarter.
It wasn’t just Geno Smith dealing with an injury on Monday night for the Seahawks. Star safety Jamal Adams suffered a concussion after just nine plays in his first game since Week 1 of the previous year and was subsequently ruled out.
At the time when Smith left the game, he had completed 9 of 11 passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. Drew Lock stepped in as his replacement with the Seahawks holding a 7-3 lead and further extended the lead with a touchdown drive before Smith made his return.
The Seahawks’ lead continued to expand from that point onward, thanks to their defense delivering a second-half shutout and accumulating seven additional sacks, bringing their total to an impressive 11 sacks for the game.
Rookie sensation Devon Witherspoon capitalized on New York’s sole trip to the red zone with a remarkable 97-yard pick-six.
With such a dominant defensive performance, Geno Smith didn’t need to perform any heroics to secure the win upon his return.
In the end, Smith concluded the game with 109 passing yards and the previously mentioned touchdown, completing 13 of his 20 attempts.