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Halftime report: Giants 10, Vikings 7

Posted by: Chris Miller under Vikings defense, Vikings offense Updated: October 21, 2013 - 9:06 PM

The Giants have a 10-7 halftime lead over the Vikings thanks to a 24-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Rueben Randle midway through the second quarter.

The Good: Marcus Sherels’ 86-yard punt return for a touchdown gave the Vikings a 7-3 lead late in the first quarter. It was the 13th punt return touchdown in Vikings history.  Sherels tied David Palmer and Mewelde Moore in the team record books for most career punt return TDs, with his second. The 86-yarder was the third longest in team history. Charlie West had a 98-yarder in 1968 and Nate Burleson had a 91-yarder in 2004.  It was the third punt return for a TD against the Giants this season.

The bad: Vikings rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes had a rough first half. The Giants should have scored a touchdown on their first possession, but Manning overthrew Hakeem Nicks in the end zone from the 28-yard line. Rhodes got a late break on the play, and was clearly beaten.  The Giants settled for a field goal and a 3-0 lead. The nine-minute, 36-second drive was the longest drive by time in the NFL this season.

Rhodes was called for pass interference on a third-down play to keep a Giants drive alive in the second quarter. Randle scored on the next play, beating Chris Cook.

The ugly: Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has 9 yards on eight carries, and quarterback Josh Freeman is 7 of 16 for 74 yards.

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  • Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed a 53-yard field goal attempt, the first miss from 50 or longer in his career.  Walsh, a second year pro, has 12 of 50 or longer, and his streak of 12 in a row tied an NFL record.
  • Giants running back Peyton Hillis had the ball knocked loose by Vikings safety Jamarca Sanford in the second quarter, but Hillis recovered his own fumble.
  • Giants center David Baas (knee) left the game in the first quarter.
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Cincinnati - WP: A. Simon 4 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Samardzija 1
St. Louis - LP: M. Wacha 1 FINAL
Washington - WP: G. Gonzalez 3
Milwaukee - WP: K. Lohse 5 FINAL
Pittsburgh - LP: C. Morton 3
Toronto 3 FINAL
Cleveland 2
LA Angels 11 Bottom 8th Inning
Detroit 6
Atlanta - WP: A. Harang 6 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: J. Niese 0
Baltimore 7 Top 9th Inning
Boston 4
NY Yankees 5 Top 8th Inning
Tampa Bay 6
Seattle 4 FINAL
Miami 8
Chicago WSox 0 Bottom 7th Inning
Texas 11
Minnesota 0 Bottom 7th Inning
Kansas City 5
Philadelphia 1 Top 6th Inning
Colorado 8
Houston 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Oakland 0
San Francisco 0 Bottom 1st Inning
San Diego 0
Arizona 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Los Angeles 0
Montreal 4 FINAL
Tampa Bay 1
Detroit 1 FINAL
Boston 0
Dallas 0 1st Prd 15:21
Anaheim 0
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
Dec 29 - vs. Detroit NoonX14-13

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