Final

Giants 7

(8-8, 4-4 away)

Vikings 44

(12-4, 8-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, January 3, 2010

Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, MN 

1 2 3 4 T
NYG 0 0 0 77
MIN 7 24 13 044

Top Performers

Passing: B. Favre (MIN) - 316 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: A. Peterson (MIN) - 9 CAR, 54 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: S. Rice (MIN) - 6 REC, 112 YDS, 2 TD

Vikings take control of Giants early as Favre throws for 316 yards, 4 TDs

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Time will soon tell whether these were the real Minnesota Vikings. For now, they sure finished the regular season on a strong note.

Seifert: Back To Basics

The Vikings were at their best -- as they were all year -- when Brett Favre opened up the passing game and challenged opponents to cover his receivers downfield, writes Kevin Seifert. Blog

• NFC North Blog

Brett Favre and the rest of his teammates did everything right that went wrong in December, aggressively pursuing the swagger they had before the slump to move into the playoffs with a 44-7 victory over the barely-there New York Giants on Sunday.

"I think it's proof of what we're capable of doing," said Favre, who completed 25 of 31 passes for 316 yards and four touchdowns in less than three quarters without a turnover. "Where it takes us from here, I have no idea. But it was definitely a momentum boost and confidence."

Controlling the game from the very first drive against a Giants team sitting five players who started at least four games this season, the Vikings (12-4) cruised into the locker room to start watching the Philadelphia-Dallas game, sounding unconcerned about the outcome.

Hitting The Mark

Brett Favre completed over 80 percent of his pass attempts, the second highest total in Vikings' history with a minimum of 30 attempts.

Highest comp. percentage
vs. Giants
Year Comp-Att Comp pct.
Joe Montana 1989 27-33 81.8
Brett Favre 2009 25-31 80.6
Troy Aikman 1994 24-30 80.0
Donovan McNabb 2003 24-30 80.0

When the Cowboys emerged with a 24-0 victory, the Vikings became the No. 2 seed behind sputtering New Orleans in the NFC field with a bye for the first round.

Favre surpassed 30 touchdowns for the ninth time in his career and 4,000 yards for the sixth time, finishing with a mere seven interceptions -- the fewest of his 18-year run as a starter.

He made it through 16 games without much harm, either.

"Everyone wants to talk about me being 40. I'm fine," Favre said, weighing the pros and cons of the bye while declaring himself fit for the playoff run either way. "Would it help? I'm sure it would. But I'm fine."

The Vikings have questions about their offensive line and secondary to answer, but they can forget about one worry already: They're guaranteed to play inside until the Super Bowl in sunny Miami. They'll have at least one game at the comfy Metrodome, where they went 8-0 for the first time since going 15-1 in 1998.

Fast Facts

• Brett Favre threw for 316 yards and four TDs as the Vikings finished the regular season undefeated at home.

• Favre became the first QB to throw for 30 or more TDs with seven or less interceptions in a single season. He also finished with 4,202 passing yards for the season, recording his sixth 4,000-yard season to tie for second in NFL history.

• Sidney Rice had six catches and 112 yards, his fourth 100-yard game of the season.

• The 44 points are the most the Vikings have scored since Week 16 of the 2003 season against the Chiefs.

• Minnesota's 12 wins tied for second most in franchise history.

• The Giants gave up 40 points for the fifth time this season and finished 8-8. New York was outscored 85-16 in its last two games.

• Bloggers' wrapups

• Rapid reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

After ugly defeats in three nationally televised night games last month that ruined their chance to catch the Saints for pre-Super Bowl home-field advantage and exposed a few troubling flaws, the Vikings were determined to regain their edge.

They tried 35 passes and ran only 22 times during the first three quarters, even keeping the offense on the field for fourth-and-goal at the 1 on Favre's final possession. He capped it with a touchdown pass to fullback Naufahu Tahi to make it 44-0.

Childress attempted to downplay the aggressiveness, but cornerback Cedric Griffin said the coaches emphasized "having a statement game" before the playoffs.

"Just wanted to stay on the gas," Childress said.

The Giants, who held out lead running back Brandon Jacobs and starting offensive linemen Rich Seubert and Kareem McKenzie, totaled 13 penalties for 95 yards.

"I do think we tried," coach Tom Coughlin said, adding: "I'm not going to say it was a great performance, but they all came to the stadium wanting to play."

Sidney Rice caught six passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe had seven receptions for 94 yards and a score, all in the first half. Adrian Peterson scored his 18th touchdown, only carrying the ball nine times for 54 yards. Childress chalked that up simply to "luck of the draw" on how the Vikings attacked the defense.

While the Giants (8-8) gained only 73 yards in the first three quarters, the Vikings sailed up and down the field and posted their highest score of the season.

"It felt good just to be back in rhythm offensively," Peterson said. "The defensive side looked good too. That's definitely the way you want to enter the playoffs."

After whipping Washington and putting themselves in solid position for a playoff spot, the Giants were blown out at home last week by Carolina and will miss the postseason for the first time in five years.

"Playing like that two weeks in a row is disrespectful to the logo that's on our helmet," center Shaun O'Hara said. "The Giants franchise, organization and fans deserve better than they received the last two weeks from the players."

Eli Manning threw an interception and lost a fumble. He missed his chance to set the franchise record for single-season yards passing, finishing 17 for 23 for 141 yards.

"I'm really confused. We were playing so well at Washington and had an opportunity, and I don't know what happened to get to this point," Manning said.

Game notes


The Giants gave up 427 points this season, their most since 1966. Only Detroit (2-14) and St. Louis (1-15) allowed more in the NFC. ... Rookie Percy Harvin totaled 2,081 all-purpose yards this season, including kickoff returns, the most in Vikings history.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NYG
MIN
1st Downs1128
Passing 1st downs
817
Rushing 1st downs
38
1st downs from Penalties
03
3rd down efficiency
1-84-12
4th down efficiency
0-02-2
Total Plays4369
Total Yards181487
Yards per play4.27.1
Passing146358
Comp - Att
20-2829-37
Yards per pass
5.29.7
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks - Yards Lost
3-210-0
Rushing35129
Rushing Attempts
1232
Yards per rush
2.94.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-15-8
Penalties13-958-45
Turnovers20
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession23:0836:52

Passing Leaders

NYGC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manning17/231416.1013-21
Carr3/5265.2000-0
MINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre25/3131610.2400-0
Jackson4/6427.0000-0

Rushing Leaders

NYGCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ware5224.4113
Bradshaw7131.908
MINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Peterson9546.0123
Young10404.0010

Receiving Leaders

NYGRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Smith10575.70812
Bradshaw23316.50263
MINRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Rice611218.72506
Shiancoe79413.41278

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNYGMIN
minTD12:57Visanthe Shiancoe 10 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERNYGMIN
minFG14:46Ryan Longwell 36 Yd 010
minTD08:52Adrian Peterson 1 Yd Run (Ryan Longwell Kick) 017
minTD02:39Sidney Rice 4 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick) 024
minTD00:07Sidney Rice 12 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick) 031
THIRD QUARTERNYGMIN
minFG08:05Ryan Longwell 24 Yd 034
minTD06:13Naufahu Tahi 1 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick) 041
minFG00:10Ryan Longwell 27 Yd 044
FOURTH QUARTERNYGMIN
nygTD09:11Danny Ware 1 Yd Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick) 744