Vikings dominate Giants 49-17; play Packers next week for NFC North title


New York Giants 17

Minnesota Vikings 49

The Vikings dominated the Giants on both sides of the ball en route to a 49-17 victory Sunday night at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Minnesota will battle the Packers next Sunday at Lambeau Field, with the NFC North title at stake. The start time has been moved to 7:30 p.m. for national broadcast on NBC's Sunday Night Football.

The Vikings intercepted Giants' quarterback Eli Manning three times, scoring points off two of them. Jerrick McKinnon rushed for two touchdowns, including a 68-yarder late in the fourth quarter.

Teddy Bridgewater went 15-for-25 for 168 yards and threw for one touchdown. 

Adrian Peterson scored another TD and rushed for 104 yards in the game. Blair Walsh hit five field goals in the rout.

The defense pressured Manning all night and sacked him four times.

Tight end Kyle Rudolph scored the Vikings' first touchdown on a 28-yard touchdown strike from Bridgewater to go up 10-0 early in the second quarter.

Harrison Smith, who returned to action after sitting out the last two games with an injury, intercepted a Manning pass and returned the ball 35 yards for a touchdown.

The Vikings were up 19-3 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Captain Munnerlyn intercepted Manning again and was tackled just short of the end zone. Peterson ran it in from two yards out for his only touchdown of the game.

The Giants came right back on the next possession, as Manning threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to Reuben Randle.

Jerrick McKinnon scored two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter, a week after scoring his first passing TD.

The Giants scored a touchdown with just under two minutes left, but it was too little too late.

Playoff scenarios

The Vikings travel to Lambeau to face the Packers Sunday night. Both teams are 10-5, and both have clinched a spot in the playoffs.

The winner next week will claim the NFC North title and will get home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

After the Packers' ugly 38-8 loss to the Cardinals in Arizona Sunday, the Vikings will go into that game with some momentum.

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