Vikings dominate at home against Giants, set stage for NFC North showdown

The Minnesota Vikings secure a playoff spot with their win over the New York Giants on December 27, 2015. What remains unknown is what their seed will be in the NFC post season schedule.

The Vikings dominated the Giants in almost every aspect of the game. Giants quarterback Eli Manning was scrambling the entire game and was successful at completing short passes but ended the game completing just 15 of 29 passes and throwing three interceptions. It should be noted that Manning’s top receiving target missed the game due to a suspension.

The Vikings looked very good on offense with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater throwing for 168 yards on 15 completions and passing the 3,000 yards mark on the season. Adrian Peterson scampered for 104 yards on the game, even though he was scarcely seen late in the third quarter and into the fourth quarter, bringing his season total to 1,418 yards and he added a touchdown to his resume.

Jerick McKinnon scored two touchdowns and Kyle Rudolph caught a pass for a touchdown. Safety Harrison Smith added a pick-six to his trophy case, highlighting a dominant defensive performance. Eli Manning was sacked four times and the Giants offense was tackled for a loss on six occasions. In addition to the three interceptions, the Vikings defense held the Giants to 1-11 on third down conversions and forced a turnover on downs on two occurrences and their dominance resulted in the Vikings offense winning the time of possession battle by almost a full ten minutes (34:57 minutes to 25:03).

The Vikings will close the 2015 regular season out on the road in Green Bay next Sunday. The game will be aired in prime time, on Sunday Night Football and will decide the winner of the NFC North division and result in the winner playing the first game of the playoffs at home.

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