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Sun Nov 10, 1:00 pm (FOX) - Giants at Minnesota
Game 9
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Giants 7 6 6 8 27
Vikings 0 3 3 14 20
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Giants win over the Vikings 27-20.
Kerry Collins was 25-for-35 for 300 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT.
Ron Dayne had a 30 yard touchdown run.
Tiki Barber rushed 24 times for 127 yards.
Tiki Barber caught 7 passes for 46 yards.
Giants offense scored a season-high 4 touchdowns.
Amani Toomer caught an 11-yard touchdown pass.
Ron Dixon had 107 yards receiving.
Charles Stackhouse scored the first touchdown of his career.
Cornelius Griffin had a sack and a fumble recovery and four tackles.

The Giants made it a close game.
"As usual. They always give you your money's worth, but I wouldn't complain if it didn't go down to the wire all the time. Even when the Giants win, they leave you with new problems to think about. We lost Ike Hilliard a few weeks ago, and today we lost Tim Carter. If that's not enough, Ron Dixon gets hurt too, and the last I see of him he's limping off the field at the end of the game. We had all this talent in the receiver spot, and suddenly we don't have enough guys to take the field."

There's the kicking problem too.
"What's that all about? I remember not too long ago, Matt Bryant winning the Seattle game for us by hitting on three field goals for the 9-6 win. Now, the holder has changed, and we can't kick field goals or even make the point after. The whole seemed messed up. They fumbled the snap once for an extra point, and another time for a field goal, and then Bryant missed a field goal.
I don't know if it's the snapper or holder or Matt Bryant, because later he missed an extra point with Jesse Palmer holding. I'm thinking that Bryant might have been a basket case by then with all that happened earlier. Hopefully they can figure this out before next game, against the Redskins and our old friend Jessie Armstead."

At least they pulled it out.
"When you say 'they', you're really talking about Tiki Barber. Tiki wouldn't allow us to lose. He had the most receptions this game, and the must runs. Tiki Barber is the whole Giants offense, and they almost wore him out. I've said it before, but it's worth repeating. Giant fans, you have to vote Tiki Barber into the Pro Bowl. Just go to the link at the top of our Team Giants page, or to the NFL Giants site, and vote!"


What happened to the kicking game?
"It looks like Jim Fassel played too much fantasy football and got burned. They had dropped punter Rodney Williams and picked up Matt Allen. Allen is a rookie and seemed to be working out with a net average of 36.1 yards, sixth-best in the conference, except that twice he was stuck running with the ball instead of punting it away.
When Denver dropped Tom Rouen, Fassel decided to trade up again, stating, "There are some concerns about Matt as we move forward." Choosing Rouen's experience over Matt Allen, the Giants decided to overlook the fact that Rouen's net is only 31.7, in part because of two blocked kicks.
When Tom Rouen took over for Matt Allen, he also took over the holding duties and didn't have much time to work with Matt Bryant who was 11-for-11 on field goals up till then. Matt Bryant was concerned because things were going so well, but said. 'It's just part of the game. You can't just say, 'I can't kick unless I have this guy holding for me.'
Fassel said that he would be comfortable with Rouen coming in on short notice and playing in last Sunday's game against the Jaguars. "It's not like he's coming in to play quarterback," said Fassel. "He doesn't have to play. He just has to punt."
Well, Rouen had a punt partially blocked, and with him holding, Bryant missed two field goals. Today we have this mess. The kicking game had seemed settled and now it's turned into a major problem. By the way, Matt Allen is still on the roster, so who knows how this will play out."

The Giants almost let it get away.
"They did a great job against Daunte Culpepper. He didnít throw an interception but was an ineffective 9-for-20 for 91 yards, and had completed only one pass to their big playmaker Randy Moss for 5 yards.
The fireworks started in the fourth quarter when Culpepper was benched for Todd Bouman. The Giants greeted Bouman with a sack, and then Frank Ferrara knocked the ball from his hands on the next play and the Giants recovered the ball. Bouman wasn't rattled by that and on his next series, Bouman opened the drive with passes to Randy Moss for 48 and then 32 yards. Next play, Moe Williams rushed up the middle for a 1 yard touchdown, to cut the Giants lead to six. The next series, Bouman passed incomplete, and then with 2-10 at the Vikings 22, Michael Bennett rushed up the middle for a 78 yard touchdown, and the Vikings had the lead."

Teams have been cleaning up on the Giants, running up the middle.
"Yes, in every game since Keith Hamilton was knocked out for the season. They have to do something about that right away. On the next series, the Giants moved downfield mostly with Kerry Collins passes to Ron Dixon, Tiki Barber, and Jeremy Shockey. Tiki ran the ball in for a touchdown on an 8 yard run.
They followed that up with a 2 point pass from Kerry Collins to Marcellus Rivers. The defense held the Vikings, and the Giants wisely let Tiki Barber run the ball four times, two of them for first downs and that killed the Vikings timeouts and the clock."


Early Stats:
Giants
Rushing
Tiki Barber 24-127, Ron Dayne 6-40, Tim Carter 1-6, Tom Rouen 1-0, Kerry Collins 3-MINUS 4.
Passing
Kerry Collins 25-35 for 300 yards, 1 INT, 2 TD.
Receiving
Ron Dixon 4-107, Amani Toomer 5-83, Tiki Barber 7-46, Dan Campbell 4-35, Jeremy Shockey 3-19, Daryl Jones 1-9, Charles Stackhouse 1-1.
Tackles (tackles-assists-sacks)
Omar Stoutmire 6-1-0, Kenny Holmes 4-0-1, Brandon Short 4-5-0, Michael Barrow 3-3-1, Dhani Jones 3-2-0, Cornelius Griffin 3-1-1, Will Allen 2-1-0, William Peterson 2-0-0, Jason Sehorn 2-0-0, Michael Strahan 2-1-1, Lance Legree 1-0-0, Shaun Williams 1-0-0, Team 1-0-0, Frank Ferrara 1-0-1.
Missed Field Goals
Matt Bryant 31
Opponents Fumbles Recovered
Kevin Lewis , Cornelius Griffin

Vikings
Rushing
Michael Bennett 15-167, Daunte Culpepper 6-42, Todd Bouman 1-9, Jim Kleinsasser 1-4, Moe Williams 2-2, Kyle Richardson 1-0.
Passing
Daunte Culpepper 9-20 for 91 yards, 0 INT, 0 TD, Todd Bouman 3-6 for 85 yards, 0 INT, 0 TD.
Receiving
Randy Moss 3-85, Chris Walsh 1-23, Wayne Bates 1-19, Jim Kleinsasser 2-19, Byron Chamberlain 2-11, Moe Williams 1-10, Michael Bennett 2-9.
Tackles (tackles-assists-sacks)
Willie Offord 8-0-0, Greg Biekert 6-2-0, Chris Hovan 5-1-1, Nick Rogers 5-2-0, Eric Kelly 4-0-0, Kenny Mixon 4-0-0, Team 4-0-0, Ronnie Bradford 3-2-0, Corey Chavous 3-0-0, Lance Johnstone 2-1-0, Henri Crockett 2-0-0, Brian Williams 2-1-0, Tyrone Carter 2-0-0, Cedric James 1-0-0, Lemanski Hall 1-0-0, Jim Nelson 1-0-0, Lorenzo Bromell 1-1-0, Fred Robbins 0-2-0.
Interceptions
Kenny Mixon 1 for 6 yards
Fumbles Lost
Todd Bouman , Brody Liddiard , Kyle Richardson 0

Scoring:
First Quarter
NEW YORK - TOUCHDOWN (8:50)
Play: CHARLES STACKHOUSE 1 YD PASS FROM KERRY COLLINS (MATT BRYANT KICK)
Drive: 3 plays, 23 yards in 1:35
Key Plays:
-K Lewis recovery of Liddiard fumble at Minnesota 23
-Barber 14-yard run to Minnesota 9 5
GIANTS 7-0
Second Quarter
VIKINGS - FIELD GOAL (2:24)
Play: GARY ANDERSON 20 YD Drive: 10 plays, 51 yards in 5:07
Key Plays:
-Mixon 6-yard interception return to Minnesota 47
-Culpepper 19-yard pass to Bates plus 15-yard facemask penalty on Giants' Peterson to New York 19
-Culpepper 12-yard run to New York 7
GIANTS 7-3
NEW YORK - TOUCHDOWN (6:12)
Play: RON DAYNE 30 YD RUN (PAT FAILED)
Drive: 7 plays, 72 yards in 3:48
Key Plays:
-Collins 16-yard pass to Toomer to New York 46
-Dayne 3 carries for 38 yards
GIANTS 13-3
Third Quarter
VIKINGS - FIELD GOAL (5:49)
Play: GARY ANDERSON 27 YD
Drive: 7 plays, 48 yards in 3:02
Key Plays:
-Bennett 18-yard run to New York 39
-Culpepper 23-yard pass to Walsh to New York 12
GIANTS 13-6
NEW YORK - TOUCHDOWN (14:38)
Play: AMANI TOOMER 11 YD PASS FROM KERRY COLLINS (PAT FAILED)
Drive: 6 plays, 91 yards in 3:04
Key Plays:
-Barber 16-yard run to New York 25
-Collins 27-yard pass to Campbell to Minnesota 48
-Collins 33-yard pass to Dixon to Minnesota 15
GIANTS 19-6
Fourth Quarter

VIKINGS - TOUCHDOWN (2:54)
Play: MOE WILLIAMS 1 YD RUN (GARY ANDERSON KICK)
Drive: 3 plays, 81 yards in 1:11
Key Plays:
-Bouman 48-yard pass to Moss to New York 33
-Bouman 32-yard pass to Moss to New York 1
GIANTS 19-13
VIKINGS - TOUCHDOWN (6:24)
Play: MICHAEL BENNETT 78 YD RUN (GARY ANDERSON KICK)
VIKINGS 20-19
NEW YORK - TOUCHDOWN (14:38)
Play: TIKI BARBER 8 YD RUN (KERRY COLLINS PASS TO MARCELLUS RIVERS FOR TWO-POINT CONVERSION)
Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards in 5:53
Key Plays:
-15-yard pass interference penalty on Vikings' Chavous on 3rd-and-6 to New York 39
-Collins 15-yard pass to Dixon to Minnesota 42
-Collins 29-yard pass to Dixon to Minnesota 28
-Collins 5-yard pass to Shockey on 3rd-and-4 to Minnesota 17
GIANTS 27-20



Game Stats:
  NY GIANTS MINNESOTA
First Downs 26 17
      Rushing 9 11
      Passing 12 5
      Penalty 5 1
3rd-Down Efficiency 1-11 0-9
4th-Down Efficiency 0-1 0-1
Total Net Yards 460 356
      Total plays 71 57
      Average gain 6.5 6.2
Net Yards Rushing 169 224
      Rushes 35 26
      Average per rush 4.8 8.6
Net Yards Passing 291 132
      Completed-attempted 25-35 12-26
      Yards per pass 8.3 5.1
      Sacked-yards lost 1-9 5-44
      Had intercepted 1 0
Punts-Average 5-43.8 6-41
Return Yardage 13 26
      Punts-returns 1-13 3-20
      Kickoffs-returns 3-72 5-115
      Interceptions-returns 0-0 1-6
Penalties-Yards 9-84 10-84
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-2
Time Of Possession 34:14 25:46

Notes:

Giants amassed 460 yards of offense.

Giants 4 touchdowns gave them 7 in the last two weeks, matching their total for the first seven games.

Tiki Barber rushed 24 times yesterday for 127 yards. It was his second straight 100-yard performance.

Giants recorded a season-high 5 sacks, one each by Mike Barrow, Kenny Holmes, Cornelius Griffin, Michael Strahan and Frank Ferrara.

Giants did not have an interception for the sixth consecutive game, matching their longest such streak since 1965.

Tim Carter suffered a torn right Achilles tendon with 4:46 left in the second period.
Carter tripped while running a route next to the covered-up pitcher's mound and fell to the turf.

Carter is the third key player - and second wide receiver - to be lost for the season in the last four games.

With Carter out, RB Delvin Joyce took over on kickoff returns, returning three for an average of 24 yards.

Giants, with seven games remaining, have four healthy receivers, Amani Toomer, Ron Dixon, rookie Daryl Jones and running back Sean Bennett, who was moved to receiver after Hilliard's injury.

Ron Dixon sprained his knee on a 29-yard catch on the Giants' game-winning touchdown drive.

Giants failed on both field-goal attempts and two extra points, due to problems in snapping, holding and kicking.

Vikings outscored the Giants 14-8 in the fourth quarter. The Giants have been outscored 77-34 in the final 15 minutes of games this season.


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