N.Y. Giants 23, Minnesota 7

Date - 8:40 PM EST, Monday, October 21, 2013
Location - MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Temperature - 57°
Head Official - Tony Corrente
Attendance - 79314

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 7 0 0 0 7
N.Y. Giants 3 7 7 6 23

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 0-0 0-0 0-0 L2
N.Y. Giants 0-0 0-0 0-0 W1


Giants 23, Vikings 7: Eli Manning threw for 200 yards and a touchdown as host New York ended its season-opening six-game losing streak.

Manning threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Rueben Randle early in the second quarter for the go-ahead score and Peyton Hillis accounted for 81 total yards and a TD five days after he was signed by the Giants (1-6). Josh Brown kicked three field goals for New York, which avoided dropping seven straight to start the season for the first time since opening 0-9 in 1976.

Josh Freeman, signed two weeks ago following his release by Tampa Bay, had a miserable debut with Minnesota (1-5), completing 20-of-53 passes for 190 yards and an interception. Marcus Sherels' 86-yard punt return accounted for the only TD for the Vikings, who got 28 rushing yards from Adrian Peterson and managed 206 total yards against a defense that came in allowing a league worst 34.8 points per game.

Sherels erased an early 3-0 deficit when he zipped 86 yards down the left sideline in the final minute of the first quarter. Manning responded by capping an 82-yard drive with a strike to Randle, who outjumped cornerback Chris Cook for his fourth touchdown in three games to give New York a 10-7 halftime edge. 

Befitting a game pitting two teams that entered with one win between them, there were three turnovers and an easy drop by Sherels of a sure interception return for a TD in a five-minute span early in the third quarter. The last of those miscues, a fumbled punt by Sherels, was recovered by New York at the 3-yard line and set up Hillis' 1-yard plunge for a 17-7 lead with 8:37 left in the quarter.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Giants had a 17-play march on their opening possession of the game that consumed 9:36 - the longest drive in the NFL this season. They also had a 16-play drive that ate up 8:31 bridging the third and fourth quarter. ... Sherels' punt return for a score was the third allowed by the Giants this season. ... Giants RB Brandon Jacobs was inactive due to a hamstring injury to place a heavy workload on Hillis, who had five catches for 45 yards and rushed for 36 yards on 18 carries.

Top Game Performances

Minnesota   N.Y. Giants
Adrian Peterson Player Peyton Hillis
13 Attempts 18
28 Yards 36
2.2 Avg Yards 2.0
0 Touchdowns 1
8 Long 8
Minnesota   N.Y. Giants
Greg Jennings Player Victor Cruz
4 Receptions 5
41 Yards 50
10.2 Avg Yards 10.0
0 Touchdowns 0
12 Long 13

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Minnesota 206 30 176 1 0 0 2.0 2
N.Y. Giants 257 64 193 2 3 1 1.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • N.Y. Giants will play their next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Giants have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Green Bay. The Vikings have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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