The Giants have been a one trick pony for the majority of the season and without tpo playmaker Odell Beckham Jr. on Sunday night, Eli Manning and company were no match for a playoff hungry Vikings squad.
Manning threw three interceptions, one of which was returned 35-yards for a touchdown to put Minnesota up 17-0 late in the second quarter.
Teddy Bridgewater completed 15-of-25 passes for 168 yards and one touchown and Adrian Peterson rushed for 104 yards on 22 carries including a 2-yard score midway through the third quarter to give the Vikings a 29-3.
Minnesota rushed for 222 yards in total and pounded out three touchdowns on the ground.
New York has lost five of its last six games and watched the Washington Redskins seize control of the NFC East and earn the divisional championship.
In Beckham’s absence Rueben Randle led all receivers with 80-yards, 72 of which came on desperation heave for a score with 1:02 remaining in the third quarter.
The Giants climbed to within 32-10, but the Vikings poured it on with a 7-yard rush from Jerick McKinnon followed by a 27-yard Blair Walsh field goal.
McKinnon struck again with 3:36 left in the contest; busting through for a 68-yard touchdown scamper.
Backup quarterback Ryan Nassib relieved Manning and threw a 27-yard touchdown strike to Myles White to provide a cosmetic adjustment to the final box score.
The Giants dropped to 6-9 on the season and Vikings improved to 10-5 with a chance to win the NFC North title when they face the Packers on Sunday Night Football in Week 17.
Tom Coughlin preached Giants pride throughout the week and stressed the importance of his team competing hard without its best playmaker or any playoff hopes on the line.
Big Blue turned out an embarrassing effort and with Coughlin’s job rumored to be on the line, Sunday’s outing in Minnesota couldn’t have helped the 69-year old ball coach’s chances of sticking around for another year with the Giants.null