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Oct 31, 1:00 pm (FOX) - Giants at Minnesota
Game 7
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Giants 10 10 7 7 34
Vikings 0 0 0 13 13
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Giants beat up on Minnesota at the Metrodome again 34-13.
Kurt Warner was 13 of 21 for 144 yards.
Tiki Barber rushed 24 times for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Mike Cloud rushed 9 times for 55 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Jeremy Shockey caught 2 passes for 60 yards.
Amani Toomer caught 2 passes for 31 yards.
Gibril Wilson and Will Allen each had interceptions.
Steve Christie kicked field goals of 50 and 30 yards.

Game Notes:
"Halloween or not, the next time the Giants come to town, the Minnesota fans should just lock the doors, stay home and hide under their beds. How many times do they want to see their cherished team crushed by the Giants at the Metrodome where they usually rule the field? This game started off bad for the Vikings on their very first possession when they let Kevin Lewis scoop up a fumbled ball they thought to be a dropped pass, and take it back 16 yards to their 22 yard line. Mike Tice lost the challenge and a timeout on that one."

"Feeling good about our luck, I was given my own scare when the Giants took the field. They looked even worse than last week. Kurt Warner was sacked for 4 yards, Tiki Barber, our running star, got only 1 yard on his chance, and Warner was sacked again, this time for 8 yards. Still, Steve Christie came out and kicked a 50 yard field goal, and you had to figure it was the Giants day. After all, how many times can you have an offensive series that gives up 2 sacks and 11 yards, and still come away with points? Mike Tice lost his second and last challenge, also in the first quarter. That's when our special team guys, David Tyree kept the ball from bouncing into the end zone and Curtis Deloatch pushed it out of bounds, to down the ball inside their 1 yard line."

"Nothing went right for the Vikings today. In fact, Minnesota seems to bring out the best of the Giants. This game was as impressive as last week's against Detroit was disappointing. Unlike then, the Giants scored every time they were in the red zone for 4 touchdowns and 1 field goal, and that accounted for the next 31 points. They held the Vikings scoreless for three quarters and even passed up a last minute field goal so as to not run up the score. Culpepper led Minnesota in rushing with 32 yards, so you know how well the Giants shut them down, including playing smart on special teams. What more could you want? How about that the Giants play this good against Chicago next week?"

Game Notes:
"A year ago the Giants went into the noisy Metrodome, took on the undefeated Minnesota Vikings, and came away with a win.
They did so again today. The Giants have handled the Vikings and Culpepper before, and in Minnesota. Now they have won three out of four in the Metrodome against Culpepper. Although he threw 4 touchdowns when beating the Giants in the 2001 game, they have held him to only 3 since. Two last year, and one in 4th quarter garbage time today. The Giants have intercepted Culpepper 9 times in five games, including the 41-0 NFC championship game after the 2000 season.
Culpepper was working without a healthy Randy Moss who nursed his sore hamstring in the first half and didn't play in the second, but still had a lot of targets. Coming into this game, five Vikings receivers have had 20 or more receptions, and Culpepper has hit six different receivers in the end zone to account for his 19 touchdown passes. It seems like the Giants know how to shut this quarterback down."

"For the Giants, Amani Toomer was questionable for this game with a strained hamstring. Given the opportunity, he tried to make every play count. Toomer had 3 catches for 31 yards, second to Jeremy Shockey who caught 3 for 60 yards. Shockey was stopped short of a touchdown by less than a yard twice this game, but the Giants scored each time. Kurt Warner spread the ball around hitting Jamaar Taylor, Tiki Barber, Ike Hilliard, Jim Finn, Visanthe Shiancoe, and Willie Ponder. Warner did have some problems handling the ball in this noisy stadium. Kurt fumbled three times, but the ball was recovered each time.

Culpepper was intercepted by Gibril Wilson, and he tried to take it back to the goalposts running it back 39 yards. Wilson also led the defense with 6 tackles, 5 solo and 1 assist. Will Allen had his first interception of the year, and Mike Cloud did well in this game as the second running back. He scored 2 rushing touchdowns, was able to get short yardage and even broke one for 26 yards. He Cloud was hit in the head in the fourth quarter, and Tiki took over for all the running plays.
Ron Dayne was inactive for this game. They say it was because wide receiver Willie Ponder had to be active in case Toomer couldn't continue to play because of his sore hamstring. They also had to activate Gret Walker because Shaun O'Hara was out and they needed offensive line depth. Cloud was in ahead of Dayne because he plays on special teams."

First Quarter
Play: 50 yard field goal by Steve Christie (NYG) is good
Drive: 4 plays, -11 yds in 0:50
Play: Tiki Barber (NYG) rushed up the middle for a 3 yard touchdown. Extra point by Steve Christie (NYG) is good
Drive: 4 plays, 60 yds in 2:06
Second Quarter
Play: Tiki Barber (NYG) rushed up the middle for a 5 yard touchdown. Extra point by Steve Christie (NYG) is good
Drive: 5 plays, 36 yds in 1:39
Play: 30 yard field goal by Steve Christie (NYG) is good
Drive: 11 plays, 49 yds in 4:14
Third Quarter
Play: Mike Cloud, 1 Yd run (Steve Christie kick is good)
Drive: 8 plays, 55 yards in 4:09
Fourth Quarter
Play: Mike Cloud, 2 Yd run (Steve Christie kick is good)
Drive: 7 plays, 51 yards in 3:42
Play: Michael Bennett, 10 Yd run (Morten Andersen kick is good)
Drive: 8 plays, 68 yards in 3:07
Play: Nate Burleson, 1 Yd pass from Daunte Culpepper (Daunte Culpepper 2 Pt. Conversion pass to Nate Burleson failed)
Drive: 7 plays, 83 yards in 2:15
GIANTS 34-13

Game Stats:
Total First Downs    15 22
   By Rushing 5 10
   By Passing 9 10
   By Penalty 1 2
Third Down Efficiency 10-17-59% 4-11-36%
Fourth Down Efficiency 0-0-0% 0-0-0%
Total Net Yards 324 283
   Total Offensive Plays (inc. times thrown passing) 62 65
   Average gain per offensive play 5.2 4.4
Net Yards Rushing 93 168
   Total Rushing Plays 20 39
   Average gain per rushing play 4.7 4.3
   Tackles for a loss-number and yards 1-1 2-2
Net Yards Passing 231 115
   Times thrown - yards lost attempting to pass 0-0 5-29
   Gross yards passing 231 144
Pass Attempts-Completions-Had Intercepted 42-24-2 21-13-0
   Avg gain per pass play (inc.# thrown passing) 5.5 4.4
Kickoffs Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks 3-0-0 7-0-0
Punts Number and Average 5-34.2 6-41.2
   Had Blocked 0 0
FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0
Net Punting Average 31.2 40.2
Total Return Average (Not Including Kickoffs) 6 65
   No. and Yards Punt Returns 2-6 3-15
   No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 7-119 2-48
   No. and Yards Interception Returns 0-0 2-50
Penalties Number and Yards 8-83 7-87
Fumbles Number and Lost 1-1 3-0
Touchdowns 2 4
   Rushing 1 4
   Passing 1 0
Extra Points Made-Attempts 1-2 4-4
   Kicking Made-Attempts 1-1 4-4
   Passing Made-Attempts 0-1 0-0
Field Goals Made-Attempts 0-1 2-2
Red Zone Efficiency 2-3-67% 4-5-80%
Goal To Go Efficiency 1-1-100% 3-4-75%
Safeties 0 0
Final Score 13 34
Time Of Possession 27:32 32:28

Tiki Barber has scored a touchdown in 5 consecutive games.
Tiki Barber topped 100 yards (101) for the fifth time in seven games.

Wide receivers Amani Toomer and Ike Hilliard have combined for 52 receptions and 641 yards, but neither has a touchdown.

Amani Toomer caught a pass in his 90th consecutive game.
Cornerback Will Allen got his first interception of the season.

Last week Kurt Warner had 3 fumbles, 1 lost, and 1 interception.
This week Kurt Warner had 3 fumbles, none lost, and no interceptions.

Eli Manning got into the game with less than 3 minutes left for some hand-the-ball-off mop up duty.

Minnesota's defense had five sacks on Kurt Warner by four different players.
This was the Vikings third straight loss to the Giants, all at home.
The Giants are not on the Vikings schedule next year.

Vikings Morten Andersen hit a 38-yard field goal try off the left upright after a low snap by Cullen Loeffler.
Vikings head coach Mike Tice was 0 for 2 in challenges, both in the first quarter.

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