Sunday, December 28, 2008

Giants Play It Safe In Loss To Vikings

VIKINGS 20
GIANTS 19

What can the Giants take away from their regular season finale against the Vikings? Nothing, really. The game meant nothing to Big Blue and they played like that, with most of their starters sitting out the contest.

Still, the Giants had a chance to win this game. They grabbed a 16-10 lead in the third quarter when David Carr hit Domenik Hixon in the endbzone from 23 yards out. The Giants built a 19-10 but watched it melt away as Minnesota stormed back in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Travaris Jackson hit a wide open Bernard Berrian for a 54 yard touchdown to get the Vikings to within 19-17.

The Giants had a chance to put the game away late in the fourth, but John Carney's field goal was wide of the field goalpost, giving Minnesota the ball with great field position.
The Vikings drove the ball methodically to the New York 32 yard line, then settled for a Ryan Longwell field goal to win the game.

The victory gives Minnesota the NFC North division title. As for the Giants, their playoff future is secure as the number one seed in the NFC. The only concern for Big Blue going into the postseason is the fact that they are not going in as hot as they did last year. The Giants have lost three of their last four and will need to address this before playing again in two weeks. This does not bode well.

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