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Quarterback Eli Manning in the New York Giants huddle (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)
Quarterback Eli Manning in the New York Giants huddle (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

As much as the New York Giants wanted to clinch their first playoff berth since 2011 on the field in Philadelphia on Thursday, they know it doesn't really matter how they get in - just as long as they get in. And they can still get in four different ways this weekend, before they even have to think about playing their finale in Washington on Jan. 1.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, Ralph Vacchiano
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Can Giants win a playoff game? 00:02:53
The Daily News Live panel discusses if the Giants are good enough to win a playoff game on the road.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

Earlier this week, I gave you a long and complex look at the New York Giants' relatively simple playoff situation, which boils down to this: win and they're in, or hope they can avoid a three-way tie with the Lions and the Buccaneers.

The NFL made it even simpler. The Giants can clinch a playoff spot in Week 16 if any of these five things happen:

Tags: Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. argues a call during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. argues a call during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)

After receiving a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in Monday's 24-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. said he is a targeted player.

"It's always, it's just my fault. That's all I look at it as, it's my fault. Whatever you want to call it," Beckham said, according to the Associated Press. "I just have to understand if I sneeze the wrong way, it'll be a flag, it'll be a fine. If I tie my shoe the wrong way, it might be a fine or a flag. It is what it is. You have to understand that.

"The refs are looking to call anything, and they're not looking to call anything the other way," Beckham added. "You have to know that, you have to know that, you have to be OK with it. Unfortunately you have to be OK with it, but that's just the position I'm in."

Tags: Eli Manning, Minnesota Vikings, Odell Beckham Jr.
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants lose 00:00:49
Giants head coach Ben McAdoo discusses Big Blue's loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota's defense denied Odell Beckham Jr. all night and forced two turnovers that led to 10 points, and the Vikings mystified Eli Manning yet again during a 24-10 victory Monday over the New York Giants.

Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph for the third straight game and kept his turnover-free streak intact, helping the Vikings (4-0) lead from start to finish after falling behind in each of their first three wins.

Beckham, who has yet to score this season, was smothered by cornerback Xavier Rhodes and had 23 yards on three catches. Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard were quiet, too, and Manning was erratic as ever while finishing 25 for 45 for just 261 yards. Rhodes picked him off in the third quarter, the 15th interception for Manning in eight career starts against the Vikings. He's 2-6 with only five touchdown passes.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Larry Donnell, Minnesota Vikings, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz
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New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell left Monday's game against the Minnesota Vikings with a concussion.

Donnell was hit in the helmet by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr trying to block on a run play in the first quarter.

Tags: Larry Donnell, Minnesota Vikings

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)

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Looking at this week's matchup between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, it looks pretty simple to the naked eye. With their running game hit by injuries to RBs Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen, the Giants will have to pass the ball to win against the ninth-ranked pass defense in the NFL.

That won't be easy.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Marshall Newhouse, Minnesota Vikings, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, John Fennelly
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New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin looks on during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USATSI)
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin looks on during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USATSI)

Sunday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings was rendered meaningless to the New York Giants after the Washington Redskins topped the Philadelphia Eagles to win the NFC East on Saturday night.

With a flimsy, uncoordinated effort, the Giants reminded us of that fact in front of a national audience, losing 49-17 and looking like a team that badly needs to set the restart button.

Playing without wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was suspended one game by the league for his inexplicable tantrum during last week's game against Carolina, the offense showed how reiliant it has become on its young superstar.

Tags: Eli Manning, Minnesota Vikings, Odell Beckham Jr., John Fennelly
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Giants 38-35. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Giants 38-35. (Brad Penner)

Odell Beckham Jr. will not be with the team until next week due to his one-game suspension, which was upheld by the league on Wednesday. Which leads everyone to ask: Who will take his place?

The answer is nobody can replace Beckham. He has been targeted 152 times this season, almost twice as many as the Giants' next receiver, Rueben Randle (78).

But the Giants do have some options. Head coach Tom Coughlin was asked on Thursday what those options might be. Who will the Giants rely on to make the big plays this week?

Tags: Eli Manning, Minnesota Vikings, Odell Beckham Jr., John Fennelly
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New York Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris (17) breaks away from New England Patriots middle linebacker Jonathan Freeny (55) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor)
New York Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris (17) breaks away from New England Patriots middle linebacker Jonathan Freeny (55) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor)

The New York Giants released the following pre-practice injury report on Wednesday:

Will not practice

  • WR - Dwayne Harris (Shoulder)
  • LB - Devon Kennard (Foot)
  • DT - Markus Kuhn (Knee)
  • S - Cooper Taylor (concussion)

Limited practice

Tags: Cooper Taylor, Devon Kennard, Dwayne Harris, George Selvie, Markus Kuhn, Minnesota Vikings, Orleans Darkwa
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning carries the game ball as he exits the field after a win over the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. (Robert Duyos/USATSI)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning carries the game ball as he exits the field after a win over the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. (Robert Duyos/USATSI)

The Giants-Vikings matchup in Week 16 will be flexed to Sunday Night Football after New York beat the Dolphins on Monday.

Instead of playing at 1 p.m. as originally scheduled, the NFL will move the game to 8:30 p.m. for Sunday Night Football, replacing the Steelers-Ravens matchup.

The Giants have already played five games in the primetime slot: Week 1 against the Cowboys, Week 3 against the Redskins, Week 5 against the 49ers, Week 6 against the Eagles and Week 14 against the Dolphins.

New York's Week 17 matchup against the Eagles cannot be flexed into a primetime slot because the Eagles will have already played the maximum number of primetime games this season (seven) including their Week 15 matchup against the Cardinals (Sunday Night Football) and Week 16 game against the Redskins (Saturday Night Football).

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Matt Eisenberg

Wide receiver Percy Harvin has a low-ankle sprain after his X-rays came back negative on Monday (ESPN, December 8).

Harvin was injured in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter of the Jets 30-24 loss against the Minnesota Vikings - arguably his best game since being traded from the Seattle Seahawks with five catches for 124 yards and a touchdown.

He was in a walking boot Monday after the good news that it wasn't a high-ankle sprain, which usually takes several weeks of recovery.

Tags: avsny, brianbassett, glucivero, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, NYJets, Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, the Jets, Gabrielle Lucivero
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The Giants opened the game with a 17-play, 68-yard drive that ate up 9:36 but stalled in the redzone. Eli overthrew WR Hakeem Nicks in the right corner of the end zone which led to Josh Brown kicking a 35-yard FG to give the Giants a 3-0 lead.

Then right before the quarter ended, Vikings' PR Marcus Sherels took a punt 86 yards for TD. To add insult to injury, the Giants were called for two penalties on the play: a holding on Jacquain Williams and a horse collar by punter Steve Weatherford on Sherels as he crossed the goal line.

It was the third punt returned for a TD against the Giants this season.

Tags: Giants-Vikings, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, NFL
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Vikings' RB Adrian Peterson was named the NFL's MVP last season.

The Minnesota Vikings (1-4) invade MetLife Stadium to take on the winless Giants (0-6) in what is being billed as the worst matchup in the 44-year history of Monday Night Football.

Kickoff: 8:40pm Eastern

Tags: 2013 New York Giants, Giants-Vikings, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, NFL
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We've been told that this week's game vs Minnesota is going to be a reason for football fans to find something else to do tonight. Not so fast. The Giants and the Vikings two teams that still have lots of star players. They both just seem to have gotten outscored and/or found ways to lose this year.

For the Giants, injuries and age have caught up with them. Their weak underbelly has been exposed. Yes, they need to be rebuilt. It doesn't mean they can't rise up and bite you now and then. But, in reality, they aren't a challenger for anything but a top draft pick right now.

But...Eli can hit Victor Cruz at any time for a long TD and the defense can wake up and make a stand on occasion.

Tags: Giants-Vikings, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants
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Monday Night Football has been broadcast into America's living rooms and bars since 1970. Some 680-plus games.

The series switched from the over-the-air broadcast world of ABC to it's sister cable network ESPN in 2006. Since then, it's suffered a gradual decline in viewership mostly due to poor matchups.

This week's game between the Giants and the Minnesota Vikings is statistically the worst matchup in the history of long-running series.

Tags: Giants-Vikings, Minnesota Vikings, Monday Night Football, New York Giants
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Here's one for ya...the Giants are winless this season and 1-5 ATS (against the spread) yet they are listed as 3 1/2 point favorites against the Vikings this Monday night.

Yes, I know ?- the Vikings are only 1-4 themselves this season and are a perfect candidate for the Giants to rack up win No.1 against. Plus, the Giants are home and the fans want a win (or else) this week.

Call this the Longshot Bowl...

Tags: Giants-Vikings, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants
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January 28, 2001....Super Bowl XXXV.....Ravens 34, Giants 7

In one of the lowest points in my 45-year history of watching the team, the Giants' performance in Super Bowl XXXV has got to be as disappointing as they come...

The Giants had just crushed the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game, 41-0 and appeared to be a legit Super Bowl team.? But the Ravens defense was one for the ages in 2000.

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Jim Fassel, Kerry Collins, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants History, NFC Championship Game, Super Bowl, Super Bowl XXXV
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The season is never over for the crew here at GFB.

Tonight at 9pm on Blog Talk Radio, out Giants round table will tackle everything Giants.....from free-agency to the lockout to the draft...join us!!

CLICK HERE for show page....

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, Blog Talk Radio, football, Minnesota Vikings, New York City, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, NFC, NFL, NFL Draft, NFL Labor News, Plaxico Burress, sport, Tom Coughlin

Before we turn our attention to the Eagles, let's recap the three key offensive plays from Monday night's win over the Vikings:

1) The 73-yard run by Brandon Jacobs on the Giants' first drive of the second quarter. They hadn't done anything on offense up until this point, and Jacobs took the ball all the way to the Vikings' 14-yard line, setting up his own one-yard touchdown run four plays later.

2) On first-and-10 from their own 46, and with less than two minutes to go in the half, Eli Manning connected with Hakeem Nicks on a 30-yard pass to the Minnesota 24. Nine plays later, Manning hit Kevin Boss in the end zone to give Big Blue a 14-3 lead going into the half.

Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, NFL Week 14
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Running Game, Defense Too Much For Ailing Vikes

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.

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The Giants took a 14-3 lead into the second half.

On the opening drive, the Giants took possession and ended up punting after a six-play drive.? Matt Dodge's 56-yard punt was returned 50 yards by Greg Camarillo.? Three plays before, Eli over threw a wide open Hakeem Nicks, who could have taken it to the house, but it was just out of reach.? Nicks left the field limping, but returned the next series.

On the second play of the Vlkings' possession, Jackson underthrew Sidney Rice and was intercepted by Giants' LB Keith Bulluck on the NYG 32.

Tags: Giants-Vikings, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News
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All of the hopping around the past few days has both teams looking rusty. Poor timing and penalties have made this a hard one to watch.

The second quarter began with the Giants driving in Vikings' territory.? On a 3rd and 9 from the 49, Eli tried to force a pass into Mario Manningham and was picked off by Minnesota's Asher Allen at the 41.

It was Manning's 11th career INT against the Vikings.

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With an eclectic Detroit crowd which seemed to be cheering for both teams on hand, the Giants and the Minnesota Vikings finally kicked off their Week 14 match up.

Eli Manning was not immediately in synch with receivers Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith, both who missed the past few weeks due to injuries.

A pass from Manning intended for Nicks was picked off by former Giant Frank Walker. The Vikings could only manage a 21-yard FG by Ryan Longwell after a 10-play drive.

Tags: Giants-Vikings, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News
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We usually have the hangover on Mondays, but since there was only a Jet game here yesterday (and they looked like they were drinking) we can only chew on gristle until tomorrow.

The Giants are in chilly Detroit right now where the temps are scheduled to be near single digits by tonight.? Good thing they are playing indoors at the Lions' Ford Field.

The game was moved to Detroit for several reasons.? The first was to keep the Vikings in their element. They are an indoor team and they are more familiar with Ford than the Giants. Their fans can make the trip more easily, as well.? How many Vikings fans will be on hand tonight is a huge question given the dismal season they've had....

Tags: Giants-Vikings, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, NFC, NFC East, NFL
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from new contributor Greg Hanlon....

Something for the Giants to worry about: Allen vs Diehl

Jared Allen is a game-changing pass rusher.? David Diehl is rusty.? Plus, he can be vulnerable in pass protection, especially against explosive edge-rushers like Allen on artificial turf (see: Dwight Freeney, Week 2).

Tags: Giants-Vikings, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News
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From NFL.com:

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre has told teammates and associates that he doesn't believe he can play Monday night, and his NFL-record starts streak will end at 297 games, sources with knowledge of the situation said.

"It does not look good," one source close to Favre said Sunday when asked about the feasibility of the quarterback playing in the Vikings' game against the New York Giants. The game was rescheduled to be played in Detroit because of the collapse of the Metrodome roof in Minneapolis.

Tags: Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, NFL Week 14
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Today's Giants-Vikings game, which was re-scheduled yesterday to Monday night due to weather-related problems, has been moved to Detroit's Ford Field.

Kickoff will be tomorrow night at 7:20 ET.? FOX will be covering the game in the two local markets. Direct TV has stated they will carry the game as part of their Sunday Ticket commitment.

We will keep you apprised as events unfold here at GFB....

Tags: Giants-Vikings, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News

A press conference has been scheduled for 11 am this morning in Minneapolis.? That's noon to you on the east coast.

Here's what we know.? The Metrodome has been ruled out for tomorrow night's Giants-Vikings game.

An alternative site is being sought.? The University of Minnesota has a 50,000 seat field, but it is outdoors and is basically in the same storm zone as the Metrodome.? It is covered with a foot and a half of snow and will take some time to get into game-shape.

Tags: Giants-Vikings, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News
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The roof at the Mall of America Field (aka The Metrodome) is reportedly damaged to the point where no game can be played there until: the snow has been removed,? the building has been assessed and the roof can be re-inflated.

That does not appear to be a reasonable request if the game is to be played tomorrow night. The league is reportedly seeking alternative sites.

The University of Minnesota has a new 50,000 seat outdoor stadium. But it's outdoors - which means its covered with snow and needs to be cleared for play itself. The Giants also reportedly did not pack their outdoor gear....

Tags: Giants-Vikings, Minnesota Vikings, New Meadowlands Stadium, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News
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From the NY Times' Judy Battista:

The Giants? flight to Minneapolis was diverted to Kansas City on Saturday because of a snowstorm. Late Saturday, their game against the Minnesota Vikings was also diverted ? to Monday night.

The N.F.L. said the decision to delay the game for a day was made on the recommendation of Metrodome officials. The storm dumped 15 or more inches of snow on the area. As much as two feet was forecast to fall before it was over. Besides the uncertainty about whether the Giants would be able to get to Minneapolis on Sunday morning, there were concerns about whether workers could safely remove the snow from the Metrodome?s roof.
The game will be played at 8 p.m. Eastern on Monday. Fox Sports announced via Twitter on Saturday that it would broadcast the game to the New York, Minneapolis and Rochester, Minn., markets. Baltimore and Houston will play the regularly scheduled Monday night game on ESPN.
Tags: Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, NFL Week 14

Form our colleague at WFAN Paul Dottino....

If timing really is everything, the Giants could not have picked a better time to get healthy.

You can expect to see receivers Steve Smith (pectoral), Hakeem Nicks (leg) and left tackle David Diehl (hamstring/hip) return to the lineup Sunday in Minnesota against a defense that is heavily geared toward stopping the run, but not so good against the pass.

Tags: Giants-Vikings, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, WFAN
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Here is the latest injury status report for the Giants and the Minnesota Vikings

Giants

OUT: T Shawn Andrews (back) DOUBTFUL- C Shaun O'Hara (foot) QUESTIONABLE: WR Hakeem Nicks (lower leg), WR Steve Smith (pectoral) PROBABLE: CB Will Blackmon (chest), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (wrist), T David Diehl (hip, hamstring), S Brian Jackson (hand), DE Osi Umenyiora (knee)

Tags: Giants-Vikings, Injuries, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, NFC, NFL
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Brett Favre practiced today in Minnesota, but he did not throw any passes. The school of thought here is that Favre will start on Sunday and be relieved early in the game by Tavaris Jackson.

This way, he keeps his streak of consecutive games alive and, the at the same time, gives the Vikings a better chance to win the football game.

From ESPN...

Tags: Brett Favre, Giants-Vikings, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, New York Giants News, NFL Week 14
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Remember what happened last year? The Giants certainly do. New York got crushed by the Vikings, 44-7, in the season finale at the Metrodome in January. It was the end to a very disappointing season for Big Blue. You don't have to remind the Giants about that game.

"Let's just say we haven't forgotten what happened there," right guard Chris Snee said in a Wall Street Journal?article. "We know what the final score was, and we know what happened in there. It's already been talked about. Let's leave it at that."

Let's go back and review that day:

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, NFL Week 14
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The Giants' rushing game can be downright scary if you are light on your defensive line. The Vikings are not. Their line is one of the league's best.

This Sunday, something's gotta give when these two units square off vs one another.

from Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune....

Tags: Giants-Vikings, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, NFL Week 14
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For the past several years, pundits have been picking Dallas and/or Minnesota to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.? And every year, they have been wrong.

The Cowboys won their first playoff game in 14 years last season and then got squashed by Minnesota.? The Vikings, who brought Brett Favre in to help them get to the next level, failed in his first attempt to do so.

Favre had Vikings fans pointed towards Miami last January, only to dash their hopes with another bonehead interception in the NFC Championship game.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, NFC, NFC Championship Game, NFC East, NFL
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If you're a fan of old Westerns, the aging gunfighter usually knows when to ride off into the sunset rather than die bloody and irrelevant in the middle of the street.

Brett Favre, the 41-year-old iron man of the NFL, is one gunslinger who didn't read the memo. He is still standing in the middle of town, shooting it out with all comers.
Lately, he's been taking way more hits than a human body should be able to withstand. He's not as quick as he once was and his elbow and ankle prohibit him from protecting himself and fighting back any longer.? For NFL fans, watching Favre this year has been like watching Sonny Corleone get whacked at the tool booths.

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Tags: Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings, NFC, NFL

No, this is not a misprint.

Brett Favre has apparently told the Minnesota Vikings he will not be returning for a 20th season...

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