The Vikings defense gave up yards on the Giants’ first dirve but forced a punt that New York downed at the 1-yard line. But when the Vikings punted after going three-and-out, Cordarrelle Patterson as the gunner helped cause a muff on while Dwayne Harris tried to field the ball and Marcus Sherels recovered.
The Vikings were set up in Giants territory and immediately went to Patterson again for a 21-yard gain on a bubble screen. In the red zone, Sam Bradford hit Jerick McKinnon for a first down, but a pass interference penalty in the end zone on Janoris Jenkins while covering Patterson set the Vikings up on the 1-yard line, where Matt Asiata punched it in on second down for a 7-0 lead with 6:28 to play in the first quarter, a lead that held up as the game moved to the second quarter.
After seven punts between the two teams in the first 20 minutes of the game, the Vikings got another drive mounted in the second quarter. They did it without having to face a third down until their touchdown pass. Bradford converted second-and-18 with an 18-yard pass to Adam Theilen and the running backs picked up two more first downs before Bradford hit Stefon Diggs for 21 yards into the red zone. From there, Bradford hit Kyle Rudolph for a 7-yard touchdown on third down for a 14-0 Minnesota lead with 7:59 left in the first half.
The Giants mounted their only scoring drive of the half at the end of the second quarter. They got it extended when they enticed Everson Griffen to jump offside on fourth-and-4 when New York might not have even snapped the ball. It extended the drive and allowed the Giants to get into scoring position, where Josh Brown converted a 40-yard field goal attempt with 2 seconds left to cut Minnesota’s lead to 14-3.
The Giants ended the first half going 1-for-7 on third down, but the Vikings weren’t much better, going 2-for-6. The quarterback stats weren’t much different, either, as Bradford was 10-for-15 for 88 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions while Eli Manning was 13-for-23 for 111 yards.
Jerick McKinnon led all rushers with 56 yards on seven attempts.
The Vikings opened the second half with a 30-yard pass to Charles Johnson that set up a 46-yard Blair Walsh field goal attempt that he pushed wide left, inciting boos from the crowd. However, a Xavier Rhodes third-down interception on New York’s ensuing drive put the Vikings in Giants territory again. After a 12-yard pass to Rudolph, Walsh was back on the field for a 44-yard attempt. This time Walsh was good to give the Vikings a 17-3 lead that held up until the end of the third quarter.
One defensive lapse for the Vikings defense hurt at the start of the fourth quarter. Coming on the blitz, the Giants burned them with a short pass to RB Paul Perkins that he took 67 yards while weaving between traffic to the 4-yard line. After a pass interference call on Trae Waynes in the end zone, Orleans Darka punched it in from 1 yard out for a Giants touchdown with 13:38 left in the game.
The Vikings responded with their own touchdown drive, however. A third-down, 15-yard completion to Rudolph moved the chains. After one more first down, Bradford hit Charles Johnson for a 40-yard pass on first down, setting up a 4-yard McKinnon touchdown run for a 24-10 lead with 9:20 to play.
The Vikings allowed the Giants across midfield on their ensuing drive, but stopped them when Anthony Barr knocked down a fourth-down pass.
From there, the Vikings tried to bleed the clock and were successful as their defense stopped the Giants on another fourth-down play to effectively end the game with a 24-10 win.
WR Jarius Wright is inactive for Monday night’s game against the New York Giants, with Laquon Treadwell, who was inactive last week, back on the Minnesota Vikings game-day active roster.
In addition to Wright, the Vikings made RB Ronnie Hillman, LB Kentrell Brothers, C Nick Easton, G Willie Beavers, DT Sharrif Floyd and TE David Morgan inactive.
With guard Alex Boone not even listed on Friday’s injury report, he will play Monday night, which was the biggest question mark for the Vikings heading into their Week 4 matchup.
Safety Jayron Kearse, who missed Friday’s practice with a tooth ailment, is active for the Vikings. TE David Morgan (knee) and DT Sharrif Floyd were declared out on Friday.
The Giants will be without three of their primary contributors in the secondary – starting safety Nat Berhe and key backup S Darian Thompson, along with CB Eli Apple.
Also inactive for the Giants are starting RB Rashad Jennings, starting OT Marshall Newhouse and backup DT Robert Thomas.null