In a game that people were beginning to think wouldn't happen, the Giants sailed to an easy victory over the benevolent Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field in Detroit tonight.
Vikings' QB Brett Favre said all week that he was not going to play, and for the first time since George H.W. Bush was President, he didn't. His streak of consecutive starts ended at an incredible 297 games.
His replacement Tavaris Jackson's efforts were not enough to overcome a poor rushing performance by the Vikings. By the fourth quarter both he and All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson (26 yards on 14 carries) were in and out of the game several times.
Eli Manning (22-37, 187 yards, 1 TD) was not particularly sharp, throwing two more INTs the Vikings' way making 11 total in his five career games against Minnesota. But, in typical Eli fashion, he did engineer three scoring drives.
Both Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw had rushing TDs again and TE Kevin Boss had a 6-yard TD catch before halftime.
Jacobs ran for 116 yards on 14 carries, highlighted by a 73-yard run. Bradshaw also ran for 100 - 103 to be exact - on only 11 carries.
WR Hakeem Nicks had a successful return catching 7 passes for 96 yards.
Eli was sacked for the first time in six games when Jared Allen got him on a 3rd down in the 3rd quarter.
The big story was the defense, again. The sloppy Vikings could not muster much in the plays which the Giants weren't smothering them. Penalties, dropped passes and missed opportunities also hamstrung the Purple all night.
The defense had four sacks and an interception. The Vikings vaunted running game only gained 61 yards on the ground.