New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings 12/27/15 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Vikings 49, Giants 17
December 27, 2015
Rounding out the weekend NFL action on the Week 16 edition of “Sunday Night Football,” we had an NFC matchup between the Giants and the Vikings. New York was coming off a razor-close loss to the Panthers, while Minnesota clobbered the Bears in Week 15. This was a critical game as far as conference playoff positioning, and both teams wanted to come out strong. All things considered, however, it was a blowout.
Let’s check out a few of the notable players and stats from the game so we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll look ahead to Week 17 to see how each team will spend the final week of the regular season.
What Happened: The scoring started out slow here, with the only tally of the first quarter coming on a 32-yard field goal from Blair Walsh.
Kyle Rudolph and Teddy Bridgewater hooked up on a 28-yard TD pass to get the scoring going in the second, and the Giants responded with a 27-yard Josh Brown field goal. That’s as close as they would get, however, as the Vikings scored the next two times in the half: Harrison Smith hauled back a 35-yard Eli Manning interception to the house, and Walsh would add another field goal from 52 yards out.
At the break, it was 19-3 Vikings.
Walsh nailed two more field goals in the third, one from 22 yards and one from 53 yards. These were sandwiched around Adrian Peterson’s TD; he scored on a 2-yard run.
The Giants finally stopped the bleeding with a 72-yard Reuben Randle score from Manning, but it would be their last time seeing the scoreboard until late in the fourth.
In that final quarter, the Vikings scored three more times. Walsh kicked another field goal from 27 yards in between a pair of runs by Jerrick McKinnon. He would score from seven and 68 yards out.
The Giants would bag a garbage-time touchdown for cosmetic purposes, but the damage had been done. Minnesota came out of this one with a dominant 49-17 victory. They sit at 10-5 and are assured of a playoff slot. They’ll play the Packers for the division championship next week.
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The Stars: Peterson had a nice game here. He controlled the tempo with 22 rushes for 104 yards and his TD. McKinnon also helped out with seven attempts for 89 yards and two scores.
We’ll give Walsh his due here as well. He was perfect on the night (5-of-5) with a long of 53. He did miss an extra point, however.
The Goats: The Giants simply looked disinterested on both sides of the ball. The offense was an appalling 1-of-13 on third and fourth downs; they sorely missed the presence of Odell Beckham as a go-to receiver.
It appeared New York had already made their off-season plans before this game.
Injuries: New York’s Craig Dahl and Marshall Newhouse came out of the game due to concussions and would not return.
As for the Vikings, RT Matt Kalil injured his right leg in the fourth quarter, but the initial X-rays were negative.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 17, both teams will be back in action on Sunday, January 3. The Giants will host the incoming Eagles (1:00 PM ET on FOX), while the Vikings will go to Green Bay to visit the Packers on “Sunday Night Football” to decide the NFC North (8:25 PM ET on NBC).
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