Defense Makes History as Vikings Rout the New York Giants 41-17
The Vikings continued to own Eli Manning Sunday intercepting him four times, and returning three of them for touchdowns, startribune.com reports. This set a team record for the most defensive touchdowns in a game.
Eli Manning in this career has thrown eight interceptions in two career starts versus the Minnesota Vikings. It is the only two times in his career that he has thrown at least four interceptions.
Darren Sharper scored on a 20-yard interception return in the first quarter. Safety Dwight Smith added another defensive score rumbling 93 yards on a return. Then on the ensuing drive, Manning got picked again and linebacker Chad Greenway ran it in from 37 yards out, pioneerpress.com reports.
"When you throw four interceptions, it's never a good day," Manning said in a post game interview.
The NFL record for interception returns in a game is four, set by the Seattle Seahawks against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 4, 1984.
Apart from the defensive scoring, Quarterback Tavaris Jackson connected with Sidney Rice on a 60 yard touchdown on the Vikings first drive. Chester Taylor also had a touchdown and kicker Ryan Longwell added to the scoring with two field goals.
The win helped get the Vikings right back into the playoff hunt; they are only a game out of the wild-card and will host the Detroit Lions, holder of that last playoff spot, next Sunday.
To compare this local news story, I compared the two local major papers and their respective websites, startribune.com and pioneerpress.com. They were both quite similiar, the only big difference was that the startribune.com article talked in great detail about the last time these two teams met and compared this game to the former game. In their last meeting the Vikings also had three return touchdowns, one interception, one kickoff return, and one punt return. That is the only time in NFL history that has happened.