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NFL Week 16 Game Recap: Minnesota Vikings 27, New York Giants 24

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) drops to pass against the New York Giants during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

In a Week 16 game with plenty of playoff implications for both sides, the Minnesota Vikings defeated the New York Giants by a score of 27-24. The game brings the Vikings to a season record of 12-3, while the Giants have now fallen to 8-6-1.

Offensive spotlight: The nod for Offensive Player of the Game goes to Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, who finished with a stat line of 34-for-48 with 299 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Both T.J. Hockenson and Justin Jefferson had more than 100 yards through the air on the end of Cousins’ passes.

Defensive spotlight: Vikings pass rusher Danielle Hunter finished the game with two sacks on the day. His initial pass-rush grade came in at 87.9.

Rookie spotlight: Giants rookie edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux finished the game with a 62.8 initial grade. He recorded a 68.8 run-defense grade and a 53.0 pass-rushing grade on first review.

Offensive line spotlight: The Vikings had three offensive linemen grade out above 76.0 on the day, pending review: Christian Darrisaw, Ezra Cleveland — who both finished with grades above 80.0 — and Ed Ingram. Darrisaw and Cleveland did allow a sack each, but it was a solid performance from the group as a whole.

Box Score

Passing
New York Giants
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Daniel Jones 24.76 30 / 42 334 8 1 1
Minnesota Vikings
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Kirk Cousins 24.16 34 / 48 299 6.2 3 0
RUSHING
New York Giants
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Saquon Barkley 27.3 14 84 6 1 27
Daniel Jones 24.76 4 34 8.5 0 14
Matt Breida 0.9 2 9 4.5 0 6
Gary Brightwell -0.1 1 -1 -1 0 -1
Rushing
Minnesota Vikings
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Kirk Cousins 24.16 1 2 2 0 2
Dalvin Cook 10.7 14 64 4.6 0 18
Alexander Mattison 1.7 4 17 4.2 0 13
RECEIVING
New York Giants
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Saquon Barkley 27.3 10 8 49 4.9 0
Isaiah Hodgins 22.9 11 8 89 8.1 1
Richie James 17 12 8 90 7.5 0
Darius Slayton 11.9 6 4 79 13.2 0
Daniel Bellinger 5.7 2 2 27 13.5 0
Receiving
New York Giants
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Saquon Barkley 27.3 10 8 49 4.9 0
Isaiah Hodgins 22.9 11 8 89 8.1 1
Richie James 17 12 8 90 7.5 0
Darius Slayton 11.9 6 4 79 13.2 0
Daniel Bellinger 5.7 2 2 27 13.5 0
Minnesota Vikings
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
T.J. Hockenson 38.9 16 13 109 6.8 2
Justin Jefferson 34.3 16 12 133 8.3 1
Dalvin Cook 10.7 4 3 13 3.2 0
K.J. Osborn 4.7 4 3 17 4.2 0
Johnny Mundt 2.6 1 1 16 16 0
Adam Thielen 1.6 5 1 6 1.2 0
C.J. Ham 1.5 1 1 5 5 0

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