By Tiffany Williams –
On Sunday the New York Giants returned to Minnesota for the second time this season to take on the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in the Super Wild Card Round. Sunday was the Giants’ first playoff berth since 2016 and the first time they faced Minnesota in the postseason since 2000, when they defeated the Vikings, 41-0, in the NFC Championship.
The Giants finished the 2022 regular season with a 9-7-1 record and entered the Super Wild Card Round as the sixth seed in the NFC. The Vikings were seeded third after winning the NFC North title with a 13-4 record. The two teams last met on Dec. 24 when the Giants fell to the Vikings, 27-24, on a 61-yard field goal as time expired
But Sunday the Giants were a new team, this was no longer the regular season. Today it was all or nothing, and the Giants took it all with a 31-24 win.
In the first quarter, after twelve plays and 75 yards, Kirk Cousins got Minnesota on the board first with a touchdown. The point after attempt by Greg Joseph was good to make this a 0-7 Minnesota game. But the Giants would answer right back after 5 plays, and 75 yards with Saquon Barkley getting the first touchdown of the game for the Giants. The point after attempt by Graham Gano was good to make this a 7-7 game. With just a little over one minute remaining in the first quarter, after 4 plays, and 81 yards, Daniel Jones connected with Isaiah Hodgins to get the second touchdown of the game for the Giants. The point after attempt by Graham Gano was good to make this a 14-7 Giants game.
In the second quarter, after 20 plays, and 85 yards, Graham Gano made a 25 yard field goal to make it a 17-7 Giants game. With just forty-five seconds remaining in the second quarter, after 8 plays, and 75 yards, Kirk Cousins completed a pass to K.J. Osborn to get a Vikings touchdown. The point after attempt by Greg Joseph was good to make it a 17-14 Giants game.
In the third quarter, with just 11:37 on the clock, Daniel Jones completed a pass to Daniel Bellinger. The point after attempt by Graham Gano was good to make it a 24-14 Giants game. With 7:46 on the clock in the third, Kirk Cousins completed a pass to Irv Smith Jr. and the point after attempt by Greg Joseph to make it a 24-21 game.
In the fourth quarter with 12:34 on the clock, Greg Joseph made a 38 yard field goal to make it a 24-24 game. But the Giants answered back with Saquon Barkley getting a touchdown. The point after attempt by Graham Gano was good to make it a 31-24 game.
Following the game Giants Head Coach Brian Daboll came to the media room and said, “It was much like last game, came down to a few plays. Made a few more than they did, and we get to move on here. So good game, trip back and get ready to play Philly here.”
When asked about the two fourth-and-ones, and if there was any consideration to kicking in either of those spots, Daboll said “No. No. We were going after it. We were going to go try to win a game. We have confidence in Daniel moving the pile, and not going to live with the consequences.”
When asked about the feeling of his first opportunity to win a game in the playoffs as a head coach, not only for himself but for the locker room that has been through some lean years, Daboll said “.Yeah, I know I’m happy. I’m happy for the players first and foremost. They are the ones out there doing it between the lines. Happy are the coaches and scouts, ownership. You know that’s why you do this, you play these type of games and there’s not really a lot of time to reflect on these games. I don’t know when we’re playing, I guess it will be Saturday, not that anybody’s told me that. But we’ve got to get home and start grinding away this time of year.”
When asked what he thought about getting a third crack at the Eagles, Daboll said “We have a lot of work to do, go back, look at his tape, correct what we need to correct. We’ve got a lot of work to do but it’s enjoyable work, to be able to do work at this time of year.”
The Giants now head back home to get ready for Philadelphia next Saturday night at 8:15 PM