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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Detroit, MI (Dec 13) – The New York Giants defeated the Minnesota Vikings Monday night by the score of 21-3. It did not look great early as Eli Manning threw an interception and the offense appeared to be languishing again.
The Giants defense gave up the one field goal after the Manning interception in the first quarter, and that was the last the Vikings would score.
The defense sacked Viking’s Jackson four times, Brett Favre was probably happy that his streak ended. The Giants remained tied with the Philadelphia Eagles 9-4 heading into their showdown Sunday at the New Meadowlands Stadium.
Manning was 22-37 for 187 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. The running game is what carried them as Brandon Jacobs had 14 carries for 116 yards and Ahmad Bradshaw had 11 carries for 103 yards. Hakeem Nicks returned after missing a couple of weeks and caught seven passes for 96 yards. Kevin Boss had four catches for 23 yards and Bradshaw had five catches for 12 yards. Bear Pascoe had two catches for 21 yards; one of them was an athletic leaping end to the run after catch. Steve Smith also returned to action but only caught one ball for 12 yards. D.J. Ware also caught one ball for 12 yards; Derek Hagan caught one pass for 10 yards.
Keith Bullock had an interception, Terrel Thomas and Antrelle Rolle led the team with five tackles each. Rocky Bernard, Barry Cofield and Osi Umenyiora each had a sack. Dave Tollefson and Jonathan Goff got credit for half a sack each. The defense held Adrian Peterson who may be the best running back in the league to 26 yards on 14 carries.
The Giants and Eagles will play Sunday afternoon to break the first place tie giving either team that loses a strong chance at a wildcard berth. The will then visit the Packers with the potential of being another showdown.
Last night’s game had Brett Favre sidelined for the first time since 1992 in what should have been a home field showdown with the Giants however, the Metrodome is still in need of serious repairs.
Following last night’s win the Giants continued to roll winning the last three consecutive wins, hoping to take that winning streak with them to Philadelphia next week.