The Giants’ results from Saturday’s 27-24 loss to the Vikings, including last-second field goal against the game on ice

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) is sacked by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson (7) during the second quarter at US Bank Stadium.

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) is sacked by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson (7) during the second quarter at US Bank Stadium. / Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Leading 13-10 going into the fourth quarter, the Giants gave up 17 points in the fourth quarter, including a game-winning 61-yard field goal, and lost to the Minnesota Vikings, 27-24.

Here are the highlights…

– It took a while, but this game had it all.

– The Vikings drew first blood, albeit after a few attempts by both teams, on an open field TJ Hockenson touchdown catch in the back of the end zone with just over three minutes left in the quarter. But Hockenson wasn’t finished, nowhere near.

– Looking to tie up their next drive, the Giants put together some good plays, including three straight completions by Daniel Jones to Isaiah Hodgins and a 10-yard Jones scamper. Hodgins had a career-best 89 yards on eight receptions including a touchdown, and Jones ran for 34 yards.

But on the first play of the second quarter, Daniel Bellinger he fumbled the ball and Minnesota recovered it. What seemed like a promising journey ended in nothing.

– After the Vikings made it 10-0 on a field goal, Big Blue answered right away with a touchdown run by the aforementioned Hodgins. It was his third touchdown in just seven games for New York.

– The always reliable Graham Gano he hit a pair of long field goals in the third quarter that gave New York the lead, but things didn’t really go smoothly in this one until the fourth quarter.

Leading 13-10 in the quarter, the Giants allowed another touchdown to Hockenson to give Minnesota the lead once again. Hockenson finished with 13 catches, 109 yards and two touchdowns.

– Following an interception by Jones, the Giants defense held up the Vikings offense and forced a turnover on the downs. On the next trip, Richie James he had a huge drop on third down and five that would keep the drive alive. Instead, Gano outran his 55-yard field goal attempt as the G-Men were now down 17-16.

Soon after, the Giants defense stepped up again, forcing Kirk cousins and the Vikings with a triple and time is running out. Unfortunately, the Giants were unable to capitalize and were forced to punt which was later blocked as the Vikings took over at the Giants 29-yard line.

Justin Jefferson gave Minnesota the 24-16 lead on its only touchdown of the day as the Vikings converted on a third down play, something they had been struggling with all day.

– Showing incredible composure, the Giants responded with a 75-yard touchdown run that took just 59 seconds, punctuated by a Saquon Barkley touchdown run and stamped with a successful two-point conversion attempt to Bellinger to tie the game at 24–24.

– But Cousins, with the help of Jefferson, made his way to the field goal area and with four seconds left on the clock, dunked the ball to give Greg Joseph the chance to be the Christmas hero. With a kick, Joseph sent all Minnesota fans home happy as he nailed the 61-yard field goal attempt to give the Vikings the 27-24 victory.

– The Giants nearly had two interceptions this game that could have changed your entire complexion, but Fabian MoreauWould-be pick was nullified by a pass interference penalty on himself while Cor’Dale Flott‘s, which would have been his first career interception, was revised and nullified when replay showed the ball hit the ground.

Azeez Ojulari he too had to leave the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. His absence on the defensive end of the ball would be detrimental to New York which has not yet secured a safe playoff berth.


What’s next

The Giants return home to face the Indianapolis Colts on New Year’s Day at 1 PM

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