This was just a weird, weird game. But it worked out for the Giants, as they beat the Vikings 21-3. The Giants rode a good running game and stifling defense to beat the Vikings in their game in Detroit.
The Vikings started off the scoring on a 21 yard field goal, after an Eli Manning interception. That lead stood until the 2nd quarter, when the Giants began to go to work. After a 73 yard run, Brandon Jacobs punched it in from 1 yard out to give the Giants a 7-3 lead. With 3 seconds left in the half, the Giants capped off a successful two minute drive with a 6 yard completion to Kevin Boss, to make it 14-3 G-Men.
Ahmad Bradshaw busted a 48 yard run late in the 3rd quarter to give the Giants a 21-3 lead.
Run game led the way, as Jacobs and Bradshaw were both fantastic. Eli was not great–didn’t have to be. His two picks could have been costly, but the defense clamped down. He was good on the 2 minute drive at the end of the first half that led to a touchdown. But this game belonged to the run game, and it’s a formula the Giants hope will lead them to a deep playoff run.
With no Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson had to step up, and he didn’t. Giants swarmed all over him and he had nowhere to go. Tarvaris Jackson was solid, but he got banged up and was in and out of the game. Not an ideal game for him. Pass rush was good. Solid performance.
On the injury front, Steve Smith left with a hamstring injury and Clint Sintim left with a knee injury. Mario Manningham also left with a hip flexor. Ahmad Bradshaw had a left injury, although no word on the extent.
It wasn’t pretty. It was pretty sloppy. And somehow, it was in Detroit. But, a win is a win, and the Giants will take it heading into their game against Philly next Sunday.