In a game that has seen Vikings P Chris Kluwe boot the ball away 8 times, it was only a matter of time before the Giants broke a big play with all the opportunities they have been given. And Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw did just that on a 48-yard breakaway TD down the left sideline, giving his team a 21-7 lead late in the 3rd quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Vikings KR Lorenzo Booker took the kick back 96 yards for the TD, but Jasper Brinkley nullified the play by committing a block in the back penalty, bringing the ball back to the MIN 43.
The Giants lead the Vikings 21-3 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
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With just :03 remaining in the 1st half, Giants QB Eli Manning found TE Kevin Boss on a quick stop-and-go route in the middle of the endzone to give his team a 14-3 lead entering the locker room for halftime.
The 9-play, 71-yard scoring drive generated momentum following a costly personal foul committed by Vikings CB Asher Allen for a helmet-to-helmet contact on the Giants 1st play of the series – the penalty gave the Giants 1st and 10 from their own 46. On the ensuing play, Manning found WR Hakeem Nicks streaking down the left sideline for a 30-yard gain; Allen was the closest defender.
In place of Brett Favre, Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson has completed 10 of 13 passes for 77 yards with 0 TDs and 0 INTs.
The Giants defense has held Vikings RB Adrian Peterson to just 16 yards on 10 carries. Sidney Rice leads the Vikings receiving core with 38 yards on 4 receptions.
Vikings CBs Frank Walker and Allen both have an INT, but the offense has only been able to muster out 3 points as a result.
New York will receive the 2nd half kickoff.
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Giants RB Brandon Jacobs highlighted a 6-play, 89-yard TD drive with 74 yards on 2 carries, giving his team a 7-3 lead at the 8:14 mark of the 2nd quarter.
The scoring drive was sparked by a 73-yard run by Jacobs. On the play, Jacobs broke free off the right end where the Vikings defense lost contain of the edge, allowing the big gain. Jacobs’ 2nd carry of the series came from the MIN 1-yard line where the stocky RB ran through the Vikings defense untouched for the TD.
Giants QB Eli Manning threw his 2nd INT of the game on the second play of the 2nd quarter – his 11th career INT against the Vikings in 5 games – but the Vikings could not convert the turnover into points.
The Giants lead 7-3 midway through the 2nd quarter.
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The Vikings received the opening kickoff and for the 1st time in his 20-year career, QB Brett Favre did not run on to the field to guide his team’s offense. Favre’s streak of 297 consecutive regular season games started came to end, giving way to backup QB Tarvaris Jackson.
The Vikings offense stalled in its 1st series and punted away to the NY Giants. Giants QB Eli Manning and Co. started their drive at their own 14, and after 3 plays, Manning threw his league-leading 18th INT of the season. Vikings CB Frank Walker picked off Manning at the NY 44 and returned it 10 yards down to the 34.
Jackson and Co. returned to the field and slowly moved their way down the field for a 10-play, 34-yard scoring drive that ended on a 31-yard FG by K Ryan Longwell. Jackson kept the drive alive on a 4th and 1 attempt where he pushed forward for the 1st down.
The Vikings lead 3-0 midway through the 1st quarter.
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Here are tonight’s inactives for the Vikings:
QB Brett Favre, WR Percy Harvin, WR Hank Baskett, S Tyrell Johnson, CB Chris Cook, G Steve Hutchinson, DT Fred Evans and DE Ray Edwards.
Of course, with Favre being inactive, this will mark the end of his streak of making 297 consecutive starts in a row. vikings.com will have more on the end of the streak as the week unfolds, but for now, check out this video piece on “the streak” from NFL Network.
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The first set of buses have dropped Vikings players, coaches and personnel off at Ford Field in downtown Detroit for tonight’s Vikings-Giants game. There is Vikings script in both endzones, a Norseman at midfield, Vikings graphics on the big boards and a whole bunch of Lions personnel/staff helping all of us out.
A big thanks to the Lions operations, public relations, security and many other departments for their help in hosting this game tonight under rare circumstances.
Although the last 34 hours have been unusual to say the least, the next 5 or 6 hours should feel somewhat normal. We’ll go through our normal pre-game routine here on vikings.com, coaches and players will do the same and soon enough we’ll be kicking off tonight’s game. At the end of the game, though, it’ll be back to unfamiliarity and weirdness.
On top of all this, the big question will be about QB Brett Favre’s status. Will his consecutive games streak end tonight? Or will he be able to go thanks to the extra day caused by the postponement of this game? All of that is not even to mention the fact that this is a huge game for the NY Giants as they battle to remain in-step with the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East race.
It will be a wild ride in Motown and it all starts now. Stay tuned to vikings.com through it all because we’ll have the most comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of pregame developments, in-game action and post-game recap. We’ll be back a bit later with more…
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One of the many consequences of the Vikings-Giants game being moved from Sunday afternoon to Monday night is that a scheduled charity event to be hosted by the Vikings has been changed. But, the event still have some great appeal to it for Vikings fans who will be looking to have a good time while watching the game on Monday night.
Vikings alumni will be filling in for Vikings DT Pat Williams and teammates for this Monday night’s bowling event at PINZ Entertainment Center in Oakdale, Minnesota to benefit the Vikings Children’s Fund. Williams and several of his teammates were originally scheduled to attend the event, but are now unable to attend due to the Vikings-Giants game being moved.
Scheduled to attend the event are Hall of Famer John Randle, Rufus Bess, Ted Brown, Bob Lurtsema, John Turner, Stu Voigt and others. Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders will also join Vikings alumni at the event.
The event will be held for the 16th consecutive year and is sold-out. No spectator tickets will be available.
6:35 p.m. – Alumni and Cheerleader introductions
6:45 p.m. – First round of Bowling
7:45 p.m. – Second round of Bowling
9:00 p.m. – Closing remarks and thank you
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No, it’s not quite home sweet home. But Ford Field is looking more and more like the field we’re accustomed to seeing at Mall of America Field.
Check out the photo.
Now we just need a bunch of Vikings fans wearing purple and gold to get in those seats and root the Vikings on to victory.
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The Vikings-Philadelphia Eagles game originally scheduled for Sunday, December 26 at 12:00 p.m. CT has been moved to prime time, with a kickoff of 7:20 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by NBC as the network’s Sunday Night Football broadcast.
This will be the Vikings 3rd consecutive prime time game, with the team playing the NY Giants tonight on FOX and then the Chicago Bears next Monday night on ESPN. Aside from the Vikings long list of star players, the Vikings-Eagles game is an attractive option for prime time because the Eagles are leaders of the NFC East and feature QB Mike Vick, who has rejuvenated his career and is one of the NFL’s most valuable players.
The Week 16 matchup with Philadelphia represents the 6th prime time game of the season for Minnesota and – according to my count – the 10th prime time game for the Vikings over the past 2 regular seasaons.
The San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals were originally slated to play the Sunday night game in Week 16 but their contest will be moved to 4:05 p.m. ET.
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With the Vikings-Giants game pushed to Monday night, we’re also going to push the weekly Mailbag feature back a day as well. The Monday Morning Mailbag will become the Tuesday Morning Mailbag for this week.
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