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NFC Divisional Playoff: Vikings vs Giants

Discussion in 'Game Summaries & Team News' started by JSimms, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. JSimms

    JSimms TLY Season 1 Champs!

    Oct 25, 2009
    Vikings Pull Off Comeback Victory in 4th Quarter
    Minneapolis, MN - The Vikings & Giants squared off in the divisional round of the playoffs, just two weeks removed from a Week 17 match-up that was won by Minnesota, 24-14. The Giants shocked many by upending the Packers in the wild card round to secure a rematch with the Vikings, and they were looking for revenge after the Vikings knocked two key players out in week 17 - QB Phillip Rivers & CB DRC.

    The Giants would begin the game with a time-consuming drive that would fall just short of the end zone, and they'd settle for the 3-0 lead. The Vikings would respond with a drive of their own, but they would also have to settle for a FG early in the 2nd quarter, a 55-yarder by K Blair Walsh. The Giants would again move the ball at ease against the league's #2 defense, this time LeGarratte Blount would take it in from 2 yds out for the TD. With 3:50 to play, the Giants would take a 10-3 lead. The Vikings would take their next drive into the Giants red zone, but the Giants D held strong for 3 plays from inside the 5 to force Minnesota to settle for another FG. Score at half: 10-6 in favor of New York.

    Punts by both teams to start the 2nd half was followed by two FG's by both teams, and each defense continued to come up big with their backs against the wall. Turning point in the game - The Vikings were forced to punt with 5:50 to go. However, Giants offensive coordinator decided to gamble and run another PA pass on 1st & 10, something that had been working all game vs the Vikings defense. This time, FS Harrison Smith didn't bite and picked off QB Ryan Nassib giving the Vikings a 1st down in Giants territory. The very next play - WR Cordarrelle Patterson would beat his man deep down the sideline for 6 to put the Vikings up 16-13!

    On the Giants next drive, with plenty of time to go, they would be forced into a 4th & 2 at the 50. Another play action, this time a huge sack by LB Danny Trevathan. The Vikings would run down the clock on the shoulders of AP, kicked a FG with just under 15 seconds to play. On the ensuing kickoff, Qydarrius Beatty would break several tackles before finally being brought down after a 30-yd gain at the Giants 42 with 5 seconds left. A hail mary was caught by Odell Beckham Jr. among numerous defenders, but he would fall just short of the goal line. Final score: Vikings 19, Giants 13.

    Great game, cry_havoc; I'm sure we will see each other again soon!
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