The Vikings scored first but never led after the first quarter in the wild-card game. The Giants rushed for 142 yards, with Jones leading the way and Saquon Barkley adding nine carries for 53 yards and two scores. [firefly_poll] Minnesota was down 24-14 in the third quarter before evening the score on a Kirk Cousins touchdown pass to Irv Smith Jr. and a Greg Joseph field goal. However, Jones led his team on a 12-play, 75-yard drive that ended in a Barkley touchdown run with 4:47 to play.
QBs in NFL history with 300+ passing yards, 2+ passing TDs and 70+ rushing yards in a playoff game:1. Daniel Jones pic.twitter.com/9rtsVFbC0T — Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) January 16, 2023
The Vikings relinquished the ball on downs with a bizarre play call to end the game. On fourth and 8 around midfield, Cousins threw a short pass to T.J Hockensen for a 3-yard gain, sealing the Giants’ upset.
DANIEL JONES ACROSS HIS BODY!! pic.twitter.com/2h55JkJkT6— Justin Penik (@JustinPenik) January 16, 2023
pic.twitter.com/IfOTASpQQR — Sergio Burciaga Palomino (@Cone_Burciaga) January 16, 2023After the game, Cousins described it as “probably the toughest loss I’ve had in my career.”
The playoff victory is the Giants’ first since Super Bowl XLVI in 2012 — a game in which the team upset Tom Brady’s Patriots for the second time in four years. The contest was the playoff debut of Jones and first-year head coach Brian Daboll. The Giants will play the first-seeded Philadelphia Eagles on the road in next week’s divisional round. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Kirk Cousins on the tough loss .. end of season & end of this year’s team together pic.twitter.com/dusp4ntOJ7— Dawn Mitchell (@DawnAtFOX9) January 16, 2023