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Giants Fall to Vikings 20-19

In a game that meant nothing, the Giants were in it for all but one second. The Vikings beat the G-Men 20-19, on a last second field goal by Ryan Longwell, and clinched the NFC North. The Giants, playing without starters Brandon Jacobs, Aaron Ross, Kevin Boss, Barry Cofield due to injury, and most of the first team during the second half, played well in their final tune-up before the playoffs.

The Giants were in control for most of the second half. They were up 19-10, when Tarvaris Jackson threw a 54 yard bomb to Bernard Berrian, making it a two point game. The Giants couldn’t stop the Vikes on their two minute drill, and Longwell split the uprights from 50 yards out to send the Vikings into the playoffs.

Although Eli Manning only played 1 half, he played well, throwing for 119 yards. David Carr, who relived Manning, played terrific, throwing for 110 yards and a touchdown, in his first action in over a year. Tarvaris Jackson threw for 239 yards, a touchdown, and a pick. Derrick Ward, needing only 53 yards to reach 1,000, did just that finishing with 77 yards. He and Brandon Jacobs both finished the year with over 1,000 yards, making them just the fourth running back tandem in NFL history to do that. Adrian Peterson, the Vikings all-pro running back, finished with 103 yards, including a 67 yard scamper for a touchdown. Domenik Hixon scored the lone touchdown for the Giants, and John Carney kicked 4 field goals.

In the end, it didn’t matter that the Giants lost. All that did matter was that they played well. And they did. The Vikings will face the Eagles next week in Minnesota, while the Giants, who have the week off, will face the lowest remaining seed left after the first week of playoff action.

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