MINNEAPOLIS — A Giants season that was so unexpectedly fruitful continues to grow and prosper.
Once again carried by the ascending Daniel Jones, the Giants went into hostile territory and lit up the scoreboard. This was no defensive struggle, as so many Giants playoff games of yesteryear turned out to be. The Giants needed to keep pace with the prolific Vikings and Jones was up to the challenge. He used his arms and his legs and guided his team to a frantic and pulsating 31-24 victory at ear-splitting U.S. Bank Stadium.
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It is onward and upward for a Giants team that has already exceeded even the most optimistic expectations in the first year for general manager Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll. The Giants (10-7-1) advance to face a familiar foe in a familiar venue, set for yet another tangle with the Eagles (14-3) on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. As the No. 1 seed in the NFC, the Eagles enjoyed a bye in the first round. The Giants were 0-2 against the Eagles this season, hammered at home (48-22) on Dec. 11 and losing 22-16 a month later in the regular-season finale at the Linc, with the Giants resting their starters and the Eagles going all out to lock up the top seed in the division.
This was the first playoff victory for the Giants since they defeated the Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI – back on Feb. 5, 2012.
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Jones was brilliant. He was 24 of 35 for 301 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers. He ran it 17 times for a team-high 78 yards. Isaiah Hodgins caught eight passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.