Record-Seekers vs. Giants

The Vikings set and tied a number of team records with their win Sunday, and a couple of players had career firsts.


  • 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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