The Giants got the ball coming out of the locker room at halftime, and they immediately marched down the field. Aided by a horse collar tackle penalty on Xavier Rhodes, the Giants set themselves up with a first-and-goal from the 6-yard line on their best drive of the day. Aldrick Rosas connected on a 28-yard field goal, but the Vikings were called for unsportsmanlike conduct on the attempt, so the Giants took the points off the board and set up with a first-and-goal from the 5. The Minnesota defense stood tall again, and Rosas made an attempt from 32 to cut the lead to 18-10 on a drive that took up the first half of the third quarter.
The Vikings came back with an immediate response, aided by a personal foul penalty on Giants’ rookie DeAndre Baker to move the ball to midfield. The next two plays saw Dalvin Cook take a handoff and go all the way down to the New York 9-yard line, and Kirk Cousins connecting with Adam Thielen for a 9-yard touchdown to extend the Minnesota lead! Dan Bailey added the extra point, and the Vikings found themselves ahead 25-10.
The Giants got into Minnesota territory quickly on their next possession, thanks in large part to Trae Waynes being flagged for pass interference on a long pass attempt from Daniel Jones to Cody Latimer. The Vikings’ defense stiffened in the red zone, and force the Giants into going for it on 4th-and-2 from the Minnesota 3-yard line. Daniel Jones dropped back to pass, and was sacked by Danielle Hunter! It was Hunter’s second sack of the day, and it ended the Giants’ threat.
As we move to the fourth quarter, the Vikings have possession, looking at 2nd-and-17 from their own 5-yard line.
Just fifteen minutes remain in this one, folks, and the Vikings hold a 25-10 lead over the Giants. Can the Vikings hold on to move to 3-2?