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Remembering the 2000 NFC Championship:

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For Christmas I was given the New York Giants 10 Greatest Games DVD, and if you are a Giants fan it’s a MUST HAVE.  So after all this losing I wanted to watch the Giants win a game so I popped in disc 8 (2000 NFC Championship game against the Vikings) and let me tell you that was a total domination and a fun way to kill some time.

Quarterback Kerry Collins led the Giants to a victory by throwing for 381 yards and 5 touchdowns, tying a postseason record for touchdown passes set by Sid Luckman in 1943. Meanwhile, the Giants shut out the Vikings by limiting them to only 114 offensive yards, sacking quarterback Daunte Culpepper 4 times, and forcing 5 turnovers. New York wide receiver Ike Hilliard had 10 receptions for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Minnesota sports community sometimes refers to this as “41–doughnut” after a post game comment from Randy Moss: “I was just talking to Daunte, and 41-to-doughnut, I think that’s the worst defeat I’ve ever been in my life.”  Culpepper completed only 13 of 28 passes for 78 yards, with 3 interceptions, while Moss caught only 2 passes for 18 yards.

Minnesota got off to a bad start and never recovered. After the opening kickoff, Collins led the Giants 74 yards in just 4 plays, scoring on a 46-yard touchdown pass to Hilliard to give them a 7–0 lead less than 2 minutes into the game. Then Vikings kick returner Moe Williams fumbled the ensuing kickoff at his own 18-yard line and Collins capitalized with an 18-yard touchdown pass to fullback Greg Comella on the next play, giving New York a 14–0 lead before the Vikings offense had even stepped onto the field. New York was shut down for the rest of the quarter, with Collins throwing two interceptions, but it hardly mattered, as the Vikings could not convert either of them into points. After the second one, Mitch Berger’s 26-yard punt gave the Giants great field position on the Minnesota 41-yard line, setting up a Brad Daluiso field goal on the first play of the second quarter.

The next time New York got the ball, Collins’ 43-yard completion to Ron Dixon set up an 8-yard touchdown pass to receiver Joe Jurevicius, making the score 24-0. Then after a punt, New York drove 62 yards and scored another Daluiso field goal, aided by a 21-yard pass interference penalty against defensive back Wasswa Serwanga. And on the last drive of the half, Hilliard caught 4 passes for 59 yards on a 77-yard drive that ended with his 7-yard touchdown catch with 12 seconds left.

By the time the first half ended, New York had scored 34 points (more than they had scored in any of their regular season games) and gained 386 yards, while holding the Vikings to 45.

In the third quarter, Culpepper lost a fumble while being sacked by safety Shaun Williams, and Cornelius Griffin recovered the ball, setting up Amani Toomer’s 7-yard touchdown reception to close out the scoring.

By starting this game, Collins became the sixth quarterback to start in the conference championship for two different franchises joining Craig Morton, Ron Jaworski, Doug Williams, Jay Schroeder and Joe Montana. He started the ’96 NFC contest for the Carolina Panthers.

Thanks WIKI


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