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Vikings to Host Giants in Wild Card Round of NFC Playoffs


The Minnesota Vikings (13-4) will host the New York Giants (9-7-1) 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, in the Wild Card Round of the NFC Playoffs.

The game will be broadcast nationally by FOX.

Minnesota finished as the No. 3 seed, behind NFC East Champion Philadelphia (14-3) and NFC West Champion San Francisco (13-4).

The 49ers secured the No. 2 via a tiebreaker by having a better conference record than the Vikings.

The game, Minnesota's first home playoff game since January 2018, will provide a rematch of the Dec. 24 thriller that the Vikings claimed with a franchise-record 61-yard field goal by Greg Joseph as time expired.

It also is a head-to-head between two first-year head coaches who have led teams that were not in the playoffs last season to appearances this season.

New York's Brian Daboll and Minnesota's Kevin O'Connell are two of the five first-year head coaches to make the postseason (out of 10 who were in their first season with their clubs).

Kirk Cousins threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns (passer rating of 107.9), connecting with tight end T.J. Hockenson (13 receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns) and Justin Jefferson (12 receptions for 133 yards and one score) on 25 of his 34 completions.

New York's Daniel Jones finished with 334 yards and a touchdown for a passer rating of 92.8 that was lowered by Patrick Peterson's interception.

Richie James and Isaiah Hodgins each caught eight passes, finishing with 90 and 89 receiving yards, and Saquon Barkley rushed 14 times for 84 yards, highlighted by a 27-yard touchdown. The Giants followed with a 2-point conversion pass to tie the game at 24 with

Vikings outside linebacker Danielle Hunter recorded seven tackles, 2.0 sacks and four quarterback hits. He also forced a fumble by Jones that the Giants recovered.

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of Jan. 14, 2023.

Wild Card Round Schedule

Saturday, Jan. 14

NFC No. 7 Seattle at No. 2 San Francisco, 3:30 p.m. (CT)

AFC No. 5 Los Angeles Chargers at No. 4 Jacksonville, 7:15 p.m. (CT)

Sunday, Jan. 15

AFC No. 7 Miami at No. 2 Buffalo, Noon (CT)

NFC No. 6 New York Giants at No. 3 Minnesota, 3:30 p.m. (CT)

AFC No. 6 Baltimore at No. 3 Cincinnati, 7:15 p.m. (CT)

Monday, Jan. 16

NFC No. 5 Dallas at No. 4 Tampa Bay, 7:15 p.m. (CT)