in what seemed like an exhibition game, minnesota beat the second string giants team with a 50 yard field goal in the final seconds of the game. the vikings, now nfc north champs, move on to the wild card round this weekend. the giants secured a first round bye and home field advantage last weekend. they return to giants stadium for the division playoff to face the winner of the arizona-atlanta wildcard game next weekend.
getting back to yesterday's game against minnesota, coach coughlin took manning out after the first half. back-up quarterback david quarterback took the field for the second half and acquitted himself well. he connected with domenick hixon for a 23 yard touchdown pass that gave the giants a lead for the first time in the game, 16-10. overall he went 8 for 11 and passed for 110 yards - not bad for a back-up quarterback!
but the bigger news was derrick ward's 77 yards rushing (on 15 carries). that yardage gave him 1,025 for the season (on 182 carries), his first 1000+ season. together with brandon jacobs (coughlin rested yesterday), became only the 4th running back tandem in nfl history to surpass the century mark. congrats ward (whose photo is at the top of this post)!!
in what may hopefully be cosmic karma, a real rematch of between the vikings and giants could take place at the conference championship on january 18. that would be sweet (as long as the giants won it - ha)!