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To put Wayne Gallman’s career rushing day in proper perspective, look back at his statistics from last season — or the season before.
Gallman ran for 135 yards Sunday — 25 yards more than he had in all of 2019 and 41 yards shy of what he totaled in 2018 — to lift the Giants to a 17-12 upset of the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field.
After the Giants managed 24 rushing yards and no points in the first half, Gallman’s career-long 60-yard run in the third quarter changed the game.
“The only thing that changed was we knew we had to come out and hit them first,” Gallman said. “We knew we couldn’t play around anymore.”
Alfred Morris finished the go-ahead drive with the first of his two touchdowns and later gave a shout-out to Gallman for doing the bulk of the dirty work. Gallman asked for a sub at the end of the 60-yarder, after Jamal Adams chased him down at the 17-yard line.
“I promise you I’m going to win more of those than I’m going to lose them,” Gallman said. “I’m going to work on that.”
The offensive line hasn’t missed a beat since changing coaches from the fired Marc Colombo to Dave DeGuglielmo during the bye week.
“I’ve said it, but the line did their job,” Gallman said. “They got everybody sealed. I pulled the linebackers in as much as I could and then I just hit [the hole]. Big credit to the offensive line today.”
The Seahawks were frustrated by an inability to stop the power running attack.
“I was really surprised that we weren’t able to slow them down in the third quarter running the football,” coach Pete Carroll said. “They ran some basic stuff, and they got away from us. There were two drives in there where they were able to get enough going where that was the difference in the ballgame.”
For Gallman, the biggest surprise with the Giants now as compared to early in his career is behind the scenes with coach Joe Judge. This is the first four-game winning streak for the Giants since 2016, when Gallman was still at NCAA powerhouse Clemson.
“He brought an all-in culture of team,” Gallman told Fox before the game. “This isn’t exactly what I felt in college at Clemson, but it’s something close.”
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