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Takeaways Lead to Big Win 41-17 Over Giants

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Ben Leber, top, looks down at New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning after sacking him during fourth quarter NFL football action Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Vikings beat the Giants 41-17.

Just when you thought the Minnesota Vikings couldn’t win without stud rookie back Adrian Peterson – the team has run off two in a row.  Sunday in the Meadowlands vs the Giants, the team used three INT returns for scores, and an offense just good enough as the team overwhelmed the Giants 41-17 in front of a rather stunned crowd.

The boo-birds were ringing by halftime, as the Vikings built a 24-7 lead with Manning throwing a pair of picks, one of which was brought back 20 yards by Darren Sharper for a touchdown.  It was the second time in his career that Sharper had returned a pick for a score against Manning.  The Vikings had already struck first against the Giants D as Tavaris Jackson hit wide out Sidney Rice for a 60-yard score on the second offensive play of the game.

New York drove down the field and responded with a 8 play, 65-yard drive that was capped off by Ruben Droughns  going over from a yard out to tie the game at 7.  Then Sharper picked off Manning to make it 14-7, and the Vikings added to the lead with Chester Taylor going over from 8 yards in the second quarter to make it 21-7, and Ryan Longwell added a 46-yard field goal to make it 24-7 at the half.  Things were not all that much better in the second half, as Dwight Smith took back Manning for another pick 6, this time 93 yards with just under 14 minutes left to make it 34-10.  The following drive it happened again, as Chad Greenway took back Eli’s fourth pick 37 yards to make it 41-10.

It was a big win for the Vikings, who have now won two in a row to improve to a modest 5-6.  Jackson played well, going 10-for-12 for 129 yards and he also ran for 38 on 5 carries.  The team won their second straight without Peterson, who was held out despite being upgraded to questionable by the end of the week with his knee injury.

The Vikings will look to get to .500 as they host the slumping Detroit Lions next Sunday at home.

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