Record-Seekers vs. Giants
GAME NOTES vs. GIANTS
The Vikings set a team record for most interceptions returned for a touchdown in a single game with three Sunday against the New York Giants. Six times previously the Vikings had returned two interceptions for a touchdown in the same game, the last time being Sept. 9, 2007 against the Falcons.
The Vikings' three interception returns for touchdowns is tied for second place in NFL history for a single game. The Seattle Seahawks hold the record with a four-touchdown performance off of interceptions from a 1984 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Prior to that, the last time an NFL team had three interception returns for a touchdown was in 1997, when Tampa Bay did it against New Orleans.
The Vikings defense set a team record for most interception return yards in a single game with 169 on Sunday. The previous mark was 153 against Detroit on Oct. 8, 1989. The third-best mark in team history also came against the Giants in their 2005 meeting, when the Vikings had 149 yards off of interception returns.
Dwight Smith's 112 interception yards rank second in team history for a single game. He trails only Darren Sharper's 123-yard performance against the Giants in 2005.
Smith's 93-yard interception return ranks third longest in team history. Reggie Rutland holds the team record with a 97-yarder against the L.A. Rams in 1991, and Walker Lee Ashley had a 94-yarder against the Chicago Bears in 1988. Sharper is now fourth on that list with a 92-yarder against the Giants in 2005.
The Vikings tied a team record for most touchdowns in a single game by any method of return. They also had three returns (one interception, one punt and one kickoff) against the Giants in 2005.
Sidney Rice's 60-yard reception for a touchdown was a career long for the rookie.
Chad Greenway scored his first career touchdown with his 37-yard interception return.
Chester Taylor's 31 rushing attempts are the most against the Giants in this series history. The previous mark was 23 by Chuck Foreman in 1976.
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