McKinney had missed eight video games with a hand harm, and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson was out for seven video games with a knee harm, however each have been in motion to assist maintain the Vikings’ Professional Bowl receivers in examine. Justin Jefferson had simply seven catches for 47 yards, Adam Thielen had three grabs for 50, and neither caught a landing go.
The groups traded touchdowns on their opening possessions — a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Cousins and a 28-yard scamper by Barkley. On the Giants’ subsequent drive, Jones hit receiver Isaiah Hodgins for a landing on an 18-yard dart with a few minute remaining within the first quarter.
The Vikings struggled to include Jones on scrambles and designed runs, and the quarterback took off on the bottom on the primary drive of the second quarter. He ran on seven performs of an 86-yard drive that appeared to finish with Jones scoring on a 4-yard rush, however the landing was nullified due to an unlawful shift. Giants kicker Graham Gano transformed a 25-yard discipline aim to convey the Giants’ result in 17-7.
Jones completed the sport with 78 dashing yards, 71 of them coming within the first half.
Minnesota responded with an eight-play, 75-yard drive that concluded with a 9-yard landing go from Cousins to Okay.J. Osborn simply earlier than the two-minute warning, closing the hole to 17-14 at halftime.
The shootout continued to start out the third quarter. Jones discovered tight finish Daniel Bellinger for a 9-yard landing go, then Cousins threw a 3-yard connection to tight finish Irv Smith, bringing the rating to 24-21.
On the Vikings’ subsequent drive, a false begin penalty negated a profitable fourth-down try, however Greg Joseph kicked a 38-yard discipline aim with simply over 12 minutes remaining within the recreation, tying the rating at 24. The Giants then orchestrated a 12-play drive, marching 75 yards over 4 minutes that concluded with a Barkley 2-yard dashing landing, giving the Giants a 31-24 lead with simply over seven minutes remaining.
With time winding down for 2 groups that had constructed their seasons on thrilling comebacks, issues tightened the remainder of the way in which. The Giants did not convert a third-down try close to midfield when Darius Slayton dropped a wonderfully thrown go by Daniel Jones with about three minutes remaining within the recreation.
The drop stopped the clock and returned the ball to the Vikings. Cousins accomplished three brief passes to Hockenson earlier than developing brief on McKinney’s huge cease.