Giants Beat Vikings 21-3 to Tie Eagles as Brett Favre's Start Streak Ends

The New York Giants beat the Minnesota Vikings 21-3 behind rushing touchdowns from Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs to tie the Philadelphia Eagles for the division lead.

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sat out the game with a shoulder injury, ending his National Football League-record streak of 297 straight starts, a run that started 18 years ago.

Without Favre, the Vikings’ offense was held to 164 total yards at Ford Field in Detroit. The game, originally scheduled to be played yesterday, was moved after the roof of the Metrodome in Minneapolis partially collapsed because of snow.

Bradshaw and Jacobs each had more than 100 rushing yards for the Giants, who improved to 9-4 to tie the Eagles atop the National Football Conference’s East Division. The Giants host the Eagles on Dec. 19.

New York scored three straight touchdowns after the Vikings took a 3-0 first-quarter lead on a 21-yard field goal by Ryan Longwell.

Jacobs, who ran for 116 yards, gave the Giants a 7-3 lead with a one-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter. The Giants scored again eight seconds before halftime as quarterback Eli Manning, who made his 100th straight start, threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Boss.

Bradshaw pushed the Giants’ lead to 21-3 with a 48-yard touchdown run with 2:55 left in the third quarter. Bradshaw had 103 rushing yards for the Giants, who have won three straight games since a 27-17 loss in Philadelphia on Nov. 21.

Tarvaris Jackson started in place of Favre and had 118 passing yards and an interception for the Vikings, who had a two-game winning streak snapped to fall to 5-8. It was the first loss for interim coach Leslie Frazier, who was promoted when Brad Childress was fired last month after a 3-7 start.

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