Giants 21

(9-4, 4-2 away)

Vikings 3

(5-8, 4-3 home)

Coverage: FOX

7:20 PM ET, December 13, 2010

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
NYG 0 14 7 021
MIN 3 0 0 03

Top Performers

Passing: E. Manning (NYG) - 187 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: B. Jacobs (NYG) - 14 CAR, 116 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: H. Nicks (NYG) - 7 REC, 96 YDS

Brett Favre sits out as Vikings can't stop Giants in Detroit home game

Associated Press

DETROIT -- Brett Favre's streak is over.

His career might be, too.

Favre stood on the sideline for the start of a game for the first time since 1992, rubbing his salt-and-pepper beard in frustration because his body couldn't take another pounding. The New York Giants made sure his replacement struggled early and often in a 21-3 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

"I am not going to play again if I can't feel my hand," the 41-year-old Favre said after sitting out with a right shoulder injury that has made his hand numb. His NFL record streak of 297 straight starts was finished, and Favre couldn't say if he would suit up again.

"That's questions I haven't thought about, to be quite honest with you," he said. "I've always assumed I'd play every game, today was no exception. I enjoy playing.

"I don't want to say I'm shocked by the events of today. I guess in some way I expected it ... but I have no idea. It's unfortunate we're out of this playoff race. I'll just see how I feel this week and go from there."

Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier acknowledged that putting Favre on injured reserve, ending his season and possibly his career is possible.

"But I'm hoping not," Frazier said.

Favre previously has said he will indeed retire for good after this season.

"At least I won't look back and say, 'I wonder if I played could we have done this or that,'" he said Monday night. "We know now."

Brandon Jacobs ran for a go-ahead touchdown midway through the second quarter, Eli Manning threw a lead-padding TD just before halftime and Ahmad Bradshaw added a 48-yard run for the Giants. The game was moved from Minneapolis to the Motor City because the Metrodome roof collapsed under heavy snow early Sunday.

Manning, whose brother, Peyton, now has the longest starting streak for a QB at 205 games, said he was shocked when he found out Favre was inactive.

"You don't know if this is the end for a guy who has done so much for the NFL," Manning said.

The Giants sacked Favre replacement Tarvaris Jackson four times, knocking him out of the game late in the third period and again in the final seconds.

New York (9-4) moved back into a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the NFC East. The Giants have won three straight and eight of 10 games, improving their chances for a wild card if they doesn't finish ahead of the Eagles, who they host Sunday.

"We're going to have to be resilient again this week because we've got a short week before a big game against the Eagles," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "They had a nice win yesterday, and we had to match them."

The Vikings (5-8) were eliminated from the playoff race after entering the game with a two-game winning streak and flickering hopes of salvaging what has been a miserable season that started with high hopes after Favre led them to the NFC title game.

"It's embarrassing," defensive end Jared Allen said.

The game was switched from Sunday afternoon when the Giants couldn't get to Minneapolis because of the severe weather, then was pushed back another day and moved to the Detroit Lions' indoor stadium with a steel roof. The Vikings were technically the home team at Ford Field -- which was adorned with their logo at midfield and "VIKINGS" in the end zones -- but they didn't have much of an edge.

"The whole thing is bizarre," Vikings radio analyst Pete Bercich said.

Nothing, though, was more odd than seeing Favre watch a game.

He stood on the sideline, trying to tutor Jackson at times, and sported a purple knit hat, short-sleeved black shirt with a long-sleeved white shirt underneath and black warmup pants.

"It's been a great run, I will not hang my head one bit because it ended today," Favre said. "I think about as a kid goals and dreams, I have far exceeded all of those. I never dreamed of playing 300-plus straight games [including playoffs]. I dreamed of playing in the NFL."

The game drew an announced crowd of 45,910 -- there seemed to be at least 10,000 more people in the 65,000-seat stadium late in the first half -- and some fans made the trek to specifically see Favre.

"I'm devastated," said 20-year-old fan James Burton, who left his home in Ohio at 3 a.m. ET Monday to get one of the 30,000 free tickets that were distributed.

Even though most got in for free, they left disappointed, especially if they were rooting for the Vikings.

Jackson got off to a good start, completing his first two passes for 8 yards each, but didn't do much to help his team for the rest of the night.

"I was very pleased with the way the defense bailed us out after two early turnovers," Coughlin said.

Jackson wasted an opportunity to show his coaches and teammates he can be counted on to fill in for Favre for a game and perhaps in the future.

He completed just 12 of 22 passes, threw an interception directly to linebacker Keith Bulluck, and fumbled a shotgun snap he was able to recover. Another shotgun snap got away and he recovered it near the goal line, seemingly getting a break from the officials on what appeared to be a safety.

Jackson limped off the field with 16 seconds left in the game, giving rookie Joe Webb another opportunity to take snaps after getting drafted in the sixth round to play wide receiver. Jackson leaned heavily on a railing to get up steps toward the locker room.

While Jackson didn't have the benefit of a running game -- Adrian Peterson was held to 26 yards on 14 carries -- Manning relied on a one-two punch that pounded the Vikings all night.

Jacobs ran for a season-high 116 yards -- including a career-high 73-yard run -- and a score. Bradshaw had 103 yards rushing, including the 48-yarder that was his longest run in two years, before leaving the game with a wrist injury in the fourth quarter.

Manning bounced back from throwing a second interception in the opening minute of the second quarter by completing 22 of 37 passes for 187 yards and a TD on a perfectly threaded pass to Kevin Boss. That put the Giants ahead 14-3 with 3 seconds left in the third quarter.

Game notes

The Vikings were also missing WR Percy Harvin (migraines) and OG Steve Hutchinson (broken right thumb). ... The Vikings had a kickoff return for a score in the third quarter negated by a penalty. ... Manning, who was sacked for the first time in six games, became the first Giant to throw for 3,000-plus yards in six straight seasons. He had lost all four of his starts against Minnesota, throwing for two touchdowns and nine interceptions. ... Minnesota's finale is Jan. 2 in Detroit.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2110
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6661
Total Yards395164
Yards per play6.02.7
Total Drives1414
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-30-1
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

minFG5:28Ryan Longwell 21 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 31 yds, 4:35
nygTD8:14Brandon Jacobs 1 Yard Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 89 yds, 3:45
nygTD0:08Kevin Boss 6 Yard Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 71 yds, 1:40
nygTD2:55Ahmad Bradshaw 48 Yard Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 59 yds, 1:00

Research Notes

The Vikings allowed 213 yards of rush offense to the Giants on Monday. The last time the Vikings allowed over 200 yards rushing was on October 2, 2005 against the Atlanta Falcons.

JacobsBradshawEntering Monday, the Vikings' rush defense had not allowed a touchdown along the left sideline, and ranked second in the NFL in yardage allowed. The Giants' duo of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw scorched those totals.

NEXT-LEVEL: Entering Week 14, Adrian Peterson led the NFL with eight touchdowns and 4.8 yards per carry up the middle this season among players with at least 75 rushes. Peterson was shut down against the Giants and averaged just 1.3 yards per carry in that direction, his worst performance in 16 games.
NEXT-LEVEL: Since the beginning of 2008, Brett Favre had attempted 297 passes over the middle, more than any quarterback in the NFL. On the night that his streak of 297 consecutive starts came to a close, Minnesota quarterbacks did not attempt any of their 35 attempts between the hash marks.
NEXT-LEVEL: Entering Week 14, NFL teams brought five or more defenders on 32.5 percent of pass rushes on average this season. The Giants dialed that number up against a pair of young quarterbacks, bringing added pressure on 57 percent of Minnesota pass attempts on Monday. The Vikings struggled in those situations - one interception, two sacks and a meager 31.9 passer rating.
The Lions have never scored 3 points or fewer in a home game at Ford Field, which opened in 2002. The Vikings in a "home" game, managed only 3 points at Ford Field on Monday vs the Giants.
During Brett Favre's 297-game streak, his team managed 3 or fewer points 6 times (once with Jets, once with Vikings, 4 times with Packers). The last time it happened was earlier this season in a 31-3 loss to the Packers. The only time it happened on a Monday was in a 48-3 loss at the Ravens on December 19, 2005. This 21-3 loss provides nice bookends to the streak (sort of...): On September 13, 1992, the Packers managed just 3 points in a 31-3 loss at the Buccaneers. The next week, Favre took over in relief for the Packers - the last time he didn't start his team's game. Now, for the first time in over 7,000 days, he didn't start his team's game. And they scored just 3 points.
As if it wasn't a tough enough weekend for the Minnesota Vikings, they were outscored by another purple-hued visitor to Detroit on Monday night. While the Vikings had just three points in losing their relocated "home game" against the Giants at Ford Field, across town at Joe Louis Arena, the NHL's Los Angeles Kings put up five goals in a 5-0 win over Detroit Red Wings.

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