MONDAY NIGHT MEMORIES- The Vikings will play their 56th game on Monday Night Football at the Giants and the 2nd straight Monday Night game at MetLife Stadium, the new home of the Giants and Jets that opened for play in 2010 when the Vikings faced the Jets in the prime time showcase game. The Vikings-Giants series is knotted 2-2 on Monday Night games, although the last Monday night matchup of the clubs wasn’t supposed to be. The 2010 game between the teams had to be moved to Detroit following the collapse of the Metrodome roof due to heavy snow. The game had been slated for Sunday, 12/12/10 but was bumped to Monday the 13th.
FOR THE RECORD-
Ryan Longwell booted the longest Vikings FG on Monday Night Football at New Orleans on 10/6/08 when he connected on a 53-yarder, the previous long had stood since 1975 when Fred Cox nailed a 52-yarder at Chicago.
Randall Cunningham and Randy Moss combined for one of the all-time great Vikings and MNF performances on 10/5/98 at Lambeau Field. Cunningham threw for 442 yards, 190 of them to Moss, and 4 TDs- all marks that stands as Vikings MNF records- in a 37-24 win on the Packers home turf that made the NFL take notice of the team that was taking shape in that 15-1 run during the 1998 regular season. The Vikings win snapped a 25-game home winning streak for the Packers, a team that had gone to the previous 2 Super Bowls.
GIANTS-VIKINGS SERIES- The Vikings and Giants have met 25 times in regular season and playoff action with the Vikings holding a 14-11 advantage in the all-time series and have won 4 of the past 5 dating back to 2005. The final playoff meeting between the clubs was the 2000 NFC Championship game at Giants Stadium, a 41-0 New York win. The 2001 Giants-Vikings game was an ABC Monday Night Football event and was the night Korey Stringer was inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor.
SNAPPING TO ATTENTION- Vikings long snapper
TARKENTON TIES TEAMS TOGETHER- The Vikings and Giants will forever have Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Fran Tarkenton as part of their shared history. In a blockbuster 1967 trade the Vikings sent Tarkenton to the Big Apple for a 1st and 2nd-round draft pick in 1967, a 1st-round pick in 1968 and a 2nd-round pick in 1969. The Vikings used the picks to select Clinton Jones and Bob Grim in 1967, Ron Yary in 1968 and Ed White in 1969. After 5 seasons with the Giants, the Vikings again traded with the Giants, this time to re-acquire Tarkenton. The Vikings sent Norm Snead, Bob Grim and Vince Clements to the Giants along with 1st-round picks in 1972 and 1973. During Tarkenton’s career with the Giants, he was teammates with defensive lineman Bob Lurtsema, who would go on to create a legend of his own with the Vikings. During his 5 seasons with the Giants, Tarkenton was 1,051-of-1,898 for 13,905 yards and 103 TDs, throwing 29 TDs in the 1967 season. Tarkenton made the Pro Bowl for the Giants from 1967-70.
THE GIANTS AND VIKINGS BY THE NUMBERS-
12- The number of consecutive passes caught by Bob Grim against the Giants on 10/31/71, this is tied for the 3rd most in team history.
3- The number of receiving TDs Randy Moss had against the NY Giants on 11/19/01, this mark is tied for his career-best and for the 2nd most in Vikings history.
81- Punt return posted by Bob Grim on 11/5/67, this is still tied for the 2nd longest punt return in team history.
85- Moe Williams’ longest career kickoff return on 12/26/99 in Giants Stadium, he is tied for the 7th longest in team history.
7- The number of field goals made by both Minnesota and New York on 11/16/86, tied for the most in team history.
2- of the 4 longest INT returns in Vikings history happened at Giants Stadium when Dwight Smith took back a Manning pass 93 yards for a TD on 11/25/07 and Darren Sharper returned a pick 92 yards for the score on 11/25/07.