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It was a sad day for Vikings fans across the nation. In facing the New York Giants on Monday night, Minnesota delivered its worst performance of the season. However, perhaps the biggest surprise was seeing QB Brett Farve watch the game from the sidelines as an inactive. Sitting out as the result of a right shoulder injury causing a numb hand and bringing an end to his record streak of 297 consecutive starts was not the only let down of the night. Fans that received one of the 30,000 free tickets given out for this game were severely disappointed as well. With their defenses low, the Giants had the advantage in this match-up. In the end, it all came to a close at 21-3 after regulation time. NFL scores.

New York saw an opportunity and took it. It was a good move on their part, as the team now stands with a 9-4 record and tied atop the NFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles. This team is known to overcome adversity, and Monday night’s game is a testament to that. The Giants dominated every aspect of the game. Most notable was the way the defense bailed the team out by being in the right positions at the right times. QB Eli Manning earned his first career victory over Minnesota with 22 of 37 for 187 yards and one TD. While he was intercepted and sacked a few times, he bounced back by the end of the game to help his team win. Game leader in rushing Brandon Jacobs recorded his second 100-yard performance with [14-116], while Hakeem Nicks managed a team-high seven receptions for [7-96]. All in all, this team is standing strong with high hopes for the playoffs. NFL spreads.

The Vikings were simply torn apart. Although Farve’s replacement, Tarvaris Jackson, gave it his best shot with 15 of 30 for 118 yards, he was still pummeled by the Giants. Sacked four times and leaving the game twice, Jackson wasted an effort to prove himself. With this loss, Minnesota is out of the running at a 5-8 record and third place in the NFC North. Continue to watch how the season unfolds at, your source for the best online betting information. NFL lines.

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