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Instant Analysis: Giants fall to Vikings, 27-24

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AT A GLANCE

The Giants and Vikings played more one-score games than the 30 other teams in the NFL this season, so why would it be any different when the two NFC foes met in Week 16? In the end, however, it was the Vikings who improved to 11-0 in such games with a 27-24 victory on Greg Joseph's 61-yard field goal as time expired.

UP NEXT

The playoff hunt continues with a visit from the Indianapolis Colts. It will be the Giants' final home game before wrapping up the regular season in Philadelphia.

View photos from the Giants' Week 16 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE

*Saquon Barkley, who made his second Pro Bowl and first since his 2018 Rookie of the Year campaign, had 84 yards on 14 carries, including a key 27-yard touchdown run on fourth down with 2:01 remaining in the game. Daniel Jones found tight end Daniel Bellinger in the back of the end zone for the two-point conversion that tied the game. Barkley also had a season-high eight receptions for 49 yards.

*After coming over from Buffalo in November, wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins has now found the end zone in three of seven games as a Giant (and three times in the last four weeks). Jones stepped up and found the former 2020 sixth-round draft pick for a seven-yard touchdown late in the first half. Hodgins finished with career-highs in catches (eight) and receiving yards (89).

*Jones, who hadn't thrown an interception since Week 11, was picked off by cornerback Patrick Peterson at the Vikings 18 early in the fourth quarter. It came at an inopportune time with the Giants driving after the Vikings retook the lead. Jones completed 30 of 42 passes for 334 yards and a touchdown.

*Bellinger lost a fumble that was forced by linebacker Brian Asamoah II, leading to a Vikings field goal as they opened with a 10-0 lead.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE

*Dexter Lawrence recently became the first Giants interior defensive lineman selected to the Pro Bowl since nose tackle Erik Howard in 1990. On Saturday, he backed it up with six tackles (five solo), including one for loss, and broke up a pass.

*The Giants this week signed safety Landon Collins to their active roster off the practice squad. On Sunday in Washington, Collins played a season-high 27 defensive snaps in his third game as a practice squad elevation, the maximum allowed. To continue playing him, the Giants had to add him to the roster. On Saturday, the three-time Pro Bowler had four tackles, a sack, and a pass breakup.

*Starting cornerback Adoree' Jackson missed his fifth consecutive game due to a knee injury.

*Rookie cornerback Cor'Dale Flott, a third-round pick, seemingly grabbed his first career interception off a Kirk Cousins pass in the third quarter after the Giants took a 13-10 lead. But it was overturned after an official review.

*Outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari notched another sack before laving the game with an ankle injury. He now has 5.5 sacks in six games this season, but the team will await his status.

*Linebacker Tae Crowder, the former starter who was released on Tuesday, signed back to the practice squad on Thursday.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT SPECIAL TEAMS

*Graham Gano was perfect on all three of his attempts, including his eighth 50-yard field goal of the season.

*Jamie Gillan had his first three his punts downed inside the 20, including one off a 61-yarder, but his fourth was blocked in Vikings territory.

IN-GAME INJURY REPORT

NYG: OLB Azeez Ojulari (ankle)

INACTIVES

NYG: WR David Sills, CB Adoree' Jackson (knee), CB Rodarius Williams, G Shane Lemieux (toe), G Jack Anderson

MIN: CB Cameron Dantzler (ankle), OLB Luiji Vilain, C Garrett Bradbury (back), G Kyle Hinton, DT Ross Blacklock

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