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.