(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.