Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley came up clutch in minutes New York Giants The team desperately needed it for its first playoff win since Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday.
Jones and Barkley each scored two touchdowns and led the Minnesota Vikings to a 31-24 win in the wild card round of the playoffs. The In came the Vikings Game with the NFC North champions and home-field advantage at US Bank Stadium but couldn’t stop New York when they needed it most.
The Vikings got on the board first with a Kirk Cousins touchdown from the goal line. But Barkley and the Giants would answer on the next drive.
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The star running back helped tie the game with a 28-yard touchdown run. On their next drive, Jones found wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins for a 14-yard touchdown to make it 14-7 in the first quarter.
New York took a 17-14 halftime lead after Cousins found KJ Osborne for a 9-yard score before the whistle, and the Giants rallied from there.
Jones caught his second touchdown pass of the game in the third quarter. He found Daniel Bellinger for a 9-yard score in the first half. Cousins responded with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Irv Smith. Vikings kicker Greg Joseph tied the game with a 38-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, but the Giants would answer.
Jones led the team A 12-play, 75-yard drive ended with Barkley’s go-ahead touchdown.
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A couple of stops later the Giants would close out the win. New York is the first road team to win in the postseason this season.
Jones had a breakout game.
He was 24-for-35 passing for 301 yards and had two touchdown passes. He rushed for 78 yards in the win. Barkley rushed for 53 yards and two touchdowns. He also had five catches for 56 yards.
Hodgins led New York with eight catches for 105 yards and Bellinger with two catches for 17 yards.
Cousins was efficient during the game and finished with three total touchdowns, two passing and one rushing. He was 31 of 39 for 273 yards.
Vikings tight end TJ Hockenson had 10 catches for 129 yards. Osborne had two catches for 29 yards, and Smith’s only catch was a 3-yard touchdown.
New York’s 31 points marked the second time of the season they scored 30 or more in a game — the other time coming against the Indianapolis Colts.
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The Giants face the Philadelphia Eagles next week, their second matchup in three weeks. New York lost both games in the regular season.