Ask Hakeem Nicks if Richard Sherman and the rest of the Seahawks’ vaunted secondary plays within the rules and watch him shake his head and laugh. Seattle’s success isn’t solely derived from manhandling opposing receivers to the full extent of what’s allowed in the NFL rule book, Nicks told The Post on Friday. Breaking those rules with their aggressive press coverage is the Seahawks’ operating philosophy. And the veteran Giants wideout plans to fight fire with fire Sunday afternoon against Sherman, the star cornerback, and his fellow defensive backs when Big Blue (5-8) host the NFC’s current leaders at MetLife Stadium. “They’re one of those teams that is willing to get a couple of [defensive holding, illegal contact or interference] penalties to be able to play the way they do,” Nicks said after practice. “Out of 60 snaps, they’re willing to trade three or four [penalties]. They just take their chances. But I’ll take my chances, too.” That style continues to pay big dividends for the Seahawks, whose star-studded secondary is one of the main reasons they are 11-2 and NFC’s favorite to return to MetLife for the Super Bowl in February. Seattle’s secondary is considered the best in the league, with Sherman and three other defensive backs — strong safety Kam Chancellor, free safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Brandon Browner — having earned Pro Bowl or All-Pro recognition over the past two seasons. The Seahawks’ top-ranked pass defense has allowed just 14 touchdown throws this year (two behind league-leading Tennessee) while holding opposing quarterbacks to an NFL-low 69.4 passer rating. Seattle also forces interceptions and fumbles by the boatload, resulting in a plus-12 turnover margin that’s tied with the Cowboys for third in the league, behind the Chiefs and Buccaneers.