For the first time in 11 years, the Giants defeat the Vikings 31–24.
Brian Daboll, the team’s head coach, had his squad well-prepared. Daniel Jones performed at a level well above his degree of experience. The New York Giants confidently entered the loud Minnesota stadium and outplayed the masters of the nail-biting end.
Jones threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 78 yards in the Giants’ first postseason game of his career. The Vikings suffered their first loss in 12 games decided by one point this season when the Giants defeated them 31-24 in the wild-card round on Sunday. As a wide receiver, Darius Slayton put it, “This is what we’re supposed to do for a cornerstone franchise like this with such a storied history.” We should advance to the playoffs. We’re expected to be a successful team.
We’ll merely keep making an effort to uphold the tradition that has been hereSaquon Barkley scored twice on the ground, including the game-winning point, in the middle of the fourth quarter. In a postseason game,
Jones became the only quarterback in NFL history to surpass these benchmarks: 300+ passing yards, two+ passing touchdowns, and 70+ rushing yards.
Barkley, who gained 109 total yards on just 14 touches, was described as “a fantastic player.” “This is the chance to make the playoffs a part of your legacy, and what a way to do it!” Kirk Cousins caught a pass for three yards on fourth-and-8 with 1:44 remaining and the Vikings out of timeouts, but the defense clinched the team’s first postseason victory since the Super Bowl 11 years earlier by swarming tight end T.J. Hockenson near midfield to force a turnover on downs (13-5).
The NFC East foe Philadelphia awaits the Giants (10-7-1) in the divisional playoffs next Saturday night as the No. 1 seed. Averaging 8.3 yards per play in the first half, they destroyed the Viking’s defense, which has been porous all season.
Seven of the 13 third downs they attempted were successful.
“Jones, who threw touchdown throws to Isaiah Hodgins and Daniel Bellinger, said, “I believe we’ve had some of our better games recently and discovered some stuff that works for us. So, we’ll continue doing it. The coaching team did a terrific job getting us ready, in my opinion.
Including the too-short pass to Hockenson, Cousins completed 31 of 39 passes for 273 yards, two touchdowns, and a rushing touchdown to end the opening drive of the game. More than anything, Cousins was angry about his placement on the third-and-8 ball to K.J. Osborn, who had a touchdown catch in the first half, which Cor’Dale Flott intercepted.
Always, there was faith. After finishing an NFL-record 11-0 in games decided by one point during the regular season, Cousins said this was “definitely the toughest loss” of his 11-year career. “I think that’s why it hurts because you expect to find a way, especially the way this team has gone all year,” the reason why it hurts is that you expect to find a way.
In his fifth season with the franchise, Kirk Cousins received his first postseason game in Minnesota, five years and one day after Case Keenum’s 61-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs secured the Vikings a 29-24 victory over New Orleans in the divisional round.
Both in the second half of the second quarter and the beginning of the third quarter, the Vikings faced deficits of ten points, but they maintained their focus.