12:30 pm (FOX) - Vikings at Giants
NFC Divisional Playoff Game
The Giants engineer the biggest rout in NFC championship
Kerry Collins ties an NFL championship game record
with 5 touchdown passes.
Ike Hilliard caught 10 passes for 155 yards and
Culpepper was sacked a total of 4
times and intercepted 3 times.
Giants held the Vikings to 54 yards rushing.
Randy Moss had just 2 catches for 24 yards.
Cris Carter didn't make a catch until the 4th quarter.
Giants are on a seven-game winning streak.
The Giants are on their way to the Super Bowl.
Giants gave the Vikings a lesson in football today.
sure did. It was an amazing game, and I'll never
forget it. I still can't believe the score, and
you can't imagine how it feels to see Lawrence Taylor
on the field, even if he's just on the sidelines
with our players. I guess they felt the same way,
because they sure put out some effort."
talking really fast. I guess you had a great time.
"The effects of the game and the whole experience
haven't worn off. The first quarter felt like an
entire game. The Giants were awesome on offense,
and Kerry Collins didn't have to run around like
a Culpepper or McNabb. He used the great blocking
they gave him, and his super arm instead, and he
threw to everybody today. The opening drive ended
with a touchdown pass to Hilliard, and on the kickoff,
they fought the ball away from the Vikings. Before
you knew it, Comella was coming down with a touchdown
pass. It looked like he got one foot down and then
his butt. We were laughing about it and now score
was 14-0 just like that, and the game had just started.
Everyone was loving it"
that point the Vikings offense hadn't even stepped
on the field.
we didn't know what to expect. The way all the press
was going on about the Vikings, they would be expecting
them to throw up some quick points, but our defense
hadn't stepped on the field yet either. Culpepper
started off right away with a first down pass to
Moss with Sehorn covering, and I admit that didn't
inspire much confidence. Smith ran for about six
on the next play, but then our defense toughened.
Smith got nothing on his next carry, the Vikings
drew flags, and Moss got hurt on the play. He was
quiet for the rest of the game. Jason played great
on him, and Moss couldn't get open".
Carter didn't do much either.
"The defense totally shut down Moss
and Carter. They gave Smith some yardage here and
there, but that's all the Vikings got. Meanwhile
they couldn't stop us. Collins was so hot they had
to pull him out. Who would have thought that if
Jason Garrett made an appearance in the playoff
game, it would be a good thing. It was the best
playing on offense and defense all season, and you
know, it's great to be able to say that going into
the Super Bowl."
Wellington Mara's speech after the game was inspiring.
Everyone went wild after he spoke. It's too bad
they can't play the Super Bowl at Giants Stadium.
All the fans deserve it, and today I feel like I
love them all."
the offense that couldn't score a touchdown last
Sunday gets 5 today.
know. The offense was outscored by the defense and
the special teams, and they turned four drives inside
the Eagles 30-yard line into two fumbles and two
field goals. They more than made up for it this
week wouldn't you say?"
Giants got no respect going into this game.
they went out and took it and made some football
history while doing so, showing Dennis
Green his first shutout since becoming head coach
of the Vikings. The Vikings must have felt ambushed.
They never knew what hit them. They came to the
sacred grounds of the Meadowlands and had to fight
off not only the tough group of budding young players,
but their ancestors as well.
It was truly inspirational of Fassel to have them
come out to the Saturday practice and the game.
It would seem that meeting the "elders"
of the Giants did in fact have a great effect on
the players, who really enjoyed the experience of
having them there.
the players, even the lesser known ones, seemed
and here's a quick mention of some of the notables
from today's game: Kerry Collins 28-39 for 381 yards,
Ike Hilliard - 2 TDs. Greg Comella - TD, Amani Toomer
- TD, Joe Jurevicius - TD.
Jason Sehorn, Emmanuel McDaniel, Sam Garnes - all
Shaun Williams caused a fumble. Lyle West, Cornelius
Griffin - recovered fumbles.
what did we learn today?
whole world learned that the Giants are a good team
worthy of respect. Also that good defense stops
good offense. Of course that's something everyone
says they know, but tend to forget from time to
time. The Ravens proved it once again when they
won their AFC championship game over Oakland later
thoughts on the Super Bowl?
not just wrap up with what Wellington Mara had to
say after the game for now, which was:
'This team was referred to as the worst team ever
to win the home-field advantage in the National
Football League, and today, on our field of mud,
we proved we're the worst team ever to win the NFC
championship. In two weeks, we're going to try to
become the worst team ever to win the Super Bowl.'.''
Giants - Kerry Collins 28-39 for 381 yards, 2 INT,
5 TD, Jason Garrett 1-1 for 4 yards, 0 INT, 0 TD.
Vikings - Daunte Culpepper 13-28 for 78 yards, 3
INT, 0 TD.
Giants - Tiki Barber 12-69, Joe Montgomery 16-43,
Ron Dayne 10-29, Jason Garrett 3-minus 3.
Vikings - Robert Smith 7-44, Daunte Culpepper 2-10.
Giants - Ike Hilliard 10-155, Amani Toomer 6-88,
Greg Comella 4-36, Tiki Barber 4-21, Ron Dixon 2-62,
Joe Jurevicius 2-15, Ron Dayne 1-8.
- Cris Carter 3-24, Chris Walsh 3-23, Randy Moss
2-18, Robert Smith 2-minus 2, Johnny Mcwilliams
1-9, Andrew Jordan 1-4, Matthew Hatchette 1-2.
N.Y. Giants - Damon Washington 1 for 16.
Vikings - Moe Williams 1 for 15, Troy Walters 7
Giants - Ike Hilliard 2 for 10.
Giants - Brad Daluiso 43.
Giants - Jason Sehorn 1 for 0, Emmanuel
McDaniel 1 for 0, Sam Garnes 1 for 13.
Vikings - Robert Tate 1 for 4, Don Morgan 1 for
Vikings - Daunte Culpepper 1, Troy Walters 1.
Giants - Lyle West, Cornelius Griffin.
Giants - Jessie Armstead 5-2-1, Michael Barrow 4-3-1,
Sam Garnes 3-1-0, Keith Hamilton 2-1-0, Emmanuel
Mcdaniel 2-0-0, Jason Sehorn 2-0-0, Michael Strahan
2-0-1, Dave Thomas 2-0-0, Shaun Williams 1-1-1,
Ramos Mcdonald 1-1-0, Christian Peter 1-0-0.
Vikings - Robert
Griffith 10-5-0, Kailee Wong 8-5-0, Ed Mcdaniel
6-4-0, Tyrone Carter 7-1-0, Fernando Smith 5-2-0,
Robert Tate 5-1-0, Dwayne Rudd 4-2-0, Tony Williams
3-3-0, Roy Barker 3-3-0, Chris Hovan 3-3-0, Wasswa
Serwanga 2-3-0, John Randle 3-0-0, John Burrough
2-0-0, Bryce Paup 1-0-1, Don Morgan 1-0-0.
Giants - 138
Vikings - 54
Vikings - 60
Time of Possession
Vikings - 17:38
- Ike Hilliard 46 Yard TD Pass from Kerry Collins
(Brad Daluiso Extra Point), 13:03. N.Y. Giants 7-0.
NYG - Greg Comella 18 Yard TD Pass from Kerry
Collins (Brad Daluiso Extra Point), 12:47. N.Y.
NYG - Brad Daluiso 21 Yard Field
Goal, 14:56. N.Y. Giants 17-0.
NYG - Joe Jurevicius 8 Yard TD Pass from
Kerry Collins (Brad Daluiso Extra Point), 10:24.
N.Y. Giants 24-0.
NYG - Brad Daluiso 22 Yard Field Goal, 5:22.
N.Y. Giants 27-0.
NYG - Ike Hilliard 7 Yard TD Pass from Kerry
Collins (Brad Daluiso Extra Point), 0:12. N.Y. Giants
NYG - Amani Toomer 7 Yard TD Pass from Kerry
Collins (Brad Daluiso Extra Point), 12:06. N.Y.
TEAM PLAYOFF RECORDS
34 first half points (tied) 518 total yards.
31 first downs.
19 first downs passing.
381 yards passing by Kerry Collins.
28 completions by Collins.
10 receptions by Ike Hilliard.
2 touchdown catches by Hilliard (tied).
Kerry Collins became
the first quarterback since Sid Luckman in 1943
to throw 5 touchdowns in a championship game.
Randy Moss, who
had 77 catches and led the league with 15 touchdown
catches, this game had just 2 catches on 7 throws
for 18 yards.
Last week the Vikings
didn't allow a sack against the Saints, who led
the league in sacks. This week, they gave up four.
This was the Vikings
first shutout loss since Dennis Green became coach
It was the Giants
7th straight victory since coach Fassel promised
the team would make the playoffs.
Giants were the
last team to post a shutout in a conference championship
game, against the Washington Redskins, 17-0 in January
Giants have hosted
the NFC championship game twice at Giants Stadium
and posted shutouts each time. Last was a 17-0 shutout
over the Redskins in the ‘86 season to reach the
The 41-0 score was
the second-largest margin of victory in Giants'
postseason history, second only to the 49-3 victory
over the 49ers in the ‘86 divisional round.
The Giants have
gone to the Super Bowl twice before and won both
times, 1987 and 1991.
The 79,310 announced
attendance represented the largest crowd ever to
see a Giants game at Giants Stadium.
Giants will play the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV on
Jan 28, 6:00 p.m. CBS.