DETROIT MI - DECEMBER 13: Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during warm ups prior to playing the New York Giants at Ford Field on December 13 2010 in Detroit Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Vikings Barely Show Up In 21-3 Loss To Giants; Eliminated From Postseason Contention

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Minnesota Vikings Eliminated From Playoff Contention In 21-3 Loss To Giants

(Sports Network) – Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw combined to rush for 219 yards and two scores as the New York Giants downed Minnesota, 21- 3, in a postponed and relocated contest at Ford Field, a game that was overshadowed by a record streak coming to an end.

The move to Michigan was necessary due to heavy snows causing the collapse of the roof on the Metrodome hours before the game was to be played in Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon.

It proved to be the biggest storyline until word came down just before 6 p.m. (et) that Minnesota starting quarterback Brett Favre was inactive with an SC sprain of his right shoulder suffered last week in a victory over Buffalo.

The 41-year-old saw his run of 297 consecutive regular-season starts halted, an accomplishment stretching back to September, 1992 when the Southern Miss product was in his first season with the Green Bay Packers.

All of that failed to deter Eli Manning, who started his 100th consecutive game and threw for 187 yards and a touchdown while overcoming a pair of early interceptions for the Giants (9-4), who once again climbed into a tie with the Philadelphia Eagles atop the NFC East standings and face their perennial rivals at home next Sunday.

Jacobs ended with 116 yards - including a 73-yard run that set up his second quarter touchdown — on 14 totes, and Bradshaw complemented him with 103 yards, including a 48-yard TD dash, on 11 rushes.

Hakeem Nicks posted 96 yards on seven grabs while Kevin Boss recorded the TD catch for New York, which beat Minnesota for the first time since 2004.

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New York Giants 21, Minnesota Vikings 3 - Elimination Is Upon Us

Well, the Vikings are about 18 minutes of game time away from being mathematically eliminated from the post-season.

After the Vikings’ offense stalled once again, the Giants took the ball and. . .well, they didn’t really have to do much. It took them only three plays and 60 seconds to move the ball 59 yards, largely because Ahmad Bradshaw scored on a 48-yard touchdown run on their third play.

A loss for the Vikings will mathematically eliminated them from playoff consideration.

The Vikings followed that with a kickoff return for a touchdown by the newly-acquired Lorenzo Booker. . .but it came back due to a block in the back penalty on linebacker Jasper Brinkley.

With under a minute left in the third quarter, the Vikings trail the Giants by a score of 21-3.

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New York Giants 14, Minnesota Vikings 3 - Giants Work The Two-Minute Offense

After another Viking punt, the Giants took over at their own 29-yard line, and proceeded to run a two-minute offense just about as well as you can run it.

The big strike came on a 30-yard pass to Hakeem Nicks, who absolutely abused Asher Allen on the play, to get into Vikings’ territory. From there, after a couple of hiccups, Eli Manning found Kevin Boss, who made a nice grab in the end zone. . .like a boss. . .and put the Giants up 14-3.

Tarvaris Jackson has looked okay for the Vikings in the first half, having gone 10-for-13 for 77 yards, but the Vikings really haven’t generated very much in the way of offense thus far. If they want to keep their ever-so-slim playoff hopes alive, they need to remedy that in the second half.

We’re at halftime in Detroit, and our score is New York 14, Minnesota 3.

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New York Giants 7, Minnesota Vikings 3 - Jacobs Crushes Vikings Defense

The Vikings got a second interception from Eli Manning, but couldn’t do anything with it and had to punt from the Giants’ 37 rather than go for it on fourth and three.

It looked like a good strategic decision at first. . .until the Vikings’ defense allowed Giants’ running back Brandon Jacobs to blast around the left side of the line and pick up 73 yards to put the Giants into the Minnesota red zone.

After a couple of plays, including a run by Ahmad Bradshaw that was unsuccessfully challenged by Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin, Jacobs went in from inside the 1-yard line to give New York its first lead of the evening.

With 8:11 left in the first half of play from Detroit, the Vikings now trail the Giants by a score of 7-3.

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Minnesota Vikings 3, New York Giants 0 - Vikings Take Advantage Of Manning Interception

The Vikings didn’t do a whole lot on their first drive, but they were more successful than the Giants were.

On a third down play deep in their own territory, Eli Manning was trying to hit Hakeem Nicks on a skinny post route, but he didn’t lead him far enough and allowed Vikings’ nickel back Frank Walker to intercept the pass. Walker brought it back to the New York 41.

From there, the Vikings put a nice little drive together to get inside the New York 10-yard line, but the drive stalled, even though an attempted fade pass to Sidney Rice appeared to be a catch. After it was called incomplete by the referee, bringing up fourth down, Ryan Longwell knocked through a 21-yard field goal to give the Vikings an early lead.

With 5:25 left in the first quarter, the Vikings have a lead over the Giants, 3-0.

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Confirmed: Brett Favre INACTIVE; Streak Ends At 297 Games

The Vikings have released their inactive list for this evening’s game against the New York Giants, and for the first time in 298 games, Brett Favre will not be starting at quarterback for his current team.

The full inactive list for the Vikings looks like this:

WR Hank Baskett
CB Chris Cook
DE Ray Edwards
DT Fred Evans
QB Brett Favre
WR Percy Harvin
G Steve Hutchinson
S Tyrell Johnson

Once again, ladies and gentlemen, Brett Favre’s streak of consecutive games started will come to an end tonight at 297 games.

We’ll have the inactive list for the Giants when it becomes available to us.

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Favre's Streak To End Tonight? The Answer, Barring A Miracle, Is Likely To Be Yes

Brett Favre made his first regular season start on September 27, 1992, against the Pittsburgh Steelers and, as we all know, he hasn't missed a start since. It's a streak that has spanned 19 NFL seasons, over three hundred games (if you count the post-season), three different uniforms, three National Football League Most Valuable Player Awards, and one Super Bowl victory.

And barring a miracle, according to no less a source than Vikings' coach Leslie Frazier, the streak will come to an end tonight in Detroit.

According to ESPN.com's NFC North blogger, Kevin Seifert, Coach Frazier sent a text message to ESPN's Adam Schefter today saying that it was "doubtful" that Favre will play tonight. Favre said the same thing himself over the weekend, going so far as to say that had the game taken place yesterday as scheduled that he would not have been able to play.

Favre is still schedule to try to throw in pre-game warm-ups, and the Vikings have to have their inactive lists and roster changes submitted by approximately 4:50 PM Central time, an hour and a half prior to this evening's 6:20 PM kickoff. We'll know for sure by then whether or not tonight will make start number 298 in a row (in the regular season) for Brett Favre. Stranger things have happened. . .but, to be honest, I'm not holding my breath on this one.

I, personally, can only hope that if we have seen the last of Brett Favre in a Minnesota Vikings uniform that we can be grateful for what he's provided to this team, including a 2009 season that none of us will forget any time soon. I certainly hope that we don't conduct ourselves in the manner that fans of his former employers have since he left their employ. Of course, if you've paid attention for the last three seasons, that last one isn't a terribly high bar to clear.

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