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NFL Wild-Card Game Recap: New York Giants 31, Minnesota Vikings 24

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs with the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter of a wild card game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants sprung the playoff upset, knocking off the Minnesota Vikings 31-24 in the wild-card round. 

Offensive spotlight: Giants QB Daniel Jones led the Giants in rushing (78 yards) as well as posting over 300 passing yards. He carried the ball 17 times in total and came up big in multiple key spots against a struggling Vikings defense.

Defensive spotlight: Dexter Lawrence was too much for the Vikings offensive line all game long. He led the Giants in pressures and pressure rate and was consistently running through the Vikings' interior, disrupting their passing plays.

Rookie spotlight: Kayvon Thibodeaux didn’t get much joy from the Vikings offensive line, generating pressure on less than 10.0% of his rushes.

Offensive line spotlight: Evan Neal was still an issue for the Giants at right tackle. He allowed pressure on 15.9% of his pass-blocking snaps but was the only Giants lineman to surrender significant pressure.

Box Score

Passing
NEW YORK GIANTS
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Daniel Jones 30.8 24 / 35 301 8.6 2 0 3 114.1
MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Kirk Cousins 25.8 31 / 39 273 7.0 2 0 0 112.9
Justin Jefferson 11.6 1 / 1 -2 -2.0 0 0 0 79.2
Rushing
NEW YORK GIANTS
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Daniel Jones 30.8 17 78 4.6 0 15 0
Saquon Barkley 27.9 9 53 5.9 2 28 0
Darius Slayton 13.1 1 3 3.0 0 3 0
Matt Breida 0.8 3 8 2.7 0 4 0
MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Kirk Cousins 25.8 1 1 1.0 1 1 0
Dalvin Cook 13.0 15 60 4.0 0 11 0
Receiving
NEW YORK GIANTS
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Saquon Barkley 27.9 6 5 56 9.3 0 24
Isaiah Hodgins 27.5 9 8 105 11.7 1 32
Darius Slayton 13.1 8 4 88 11.0 0 47
Daniel Bellinger 9.7 2 2 17 8.5 1 9
Richie James 7.1 6 4 31 5.2 0 13
Lawrence Cager 1.4 2 1 4 2.0 0 4
MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
T.J. Hockenson 25.9 11 10 129 11.7 0 28
Kirk Cousins 25.8 1 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2
Dalvin Cook 13.0 7 6 10 1.4 0 6
Justin Jefferson 11.6 9 7 47 5.2 0 10
K.J. Osborn 10.0 3 2 20 6.7 1 11
Adam Thielen 8.0 4 3 50 12.5 0 25
Irv Smith Jr. 7.3 2 1 3 1.5 1 3
Johnny Mundt 2.2 1 1 12 12.0 0 12
Alexander Mattison 1.2 1 1 2 2.0 0 2

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