For the first time in 6 years, the New York Football Giants are playing in a playoff game on Sunday. This fanbase is juiced up, this team is juiced up, and everyone believes that the Giants can knock off their opponent, the Minnesota Vikings. The Giants let one slip away back on Christmas Eve against this same team and lost on a 61-yard field goal. To get ready for the Giants and Vikings Wildcard matchup, let’s look back at these 2 teams meeting in the 1993 Wildcard round.
Unlike the game Sunday, the Giants and Vikings showdown in 1993 was played at Giants Stadium, not in Minnesota. That would play a major factor in this game, as the outdoor conditions would lead to a missed field goal in the first quarter by Giants kicker David Treadwell. It would also help the Vikings later on in the 2nd quarter as the wind was at their back when Minnesota Quarterback Jim McMahon hit Cris Carter for a 40 yard touchdown pass. The wind would also aid Vikings kicker Fuad Reveiz as he would hit a 52-yard field goal. Heading into halftime, the Vikings had a 10-3 lead. But the 2nd half would be all Giants. The Giant defense would swarm McMahon, getting him down for 3 sacks and hitting him multiple other times. In what would never happen in today’s NFL, McMahon would leave the game on more than one occasion with a head injury. Meanwhile, offensively the Giants would ride star Running Back Rodney Hampton. Hampton would rush 33 times for 161 yards and 2 touchdowns. In the end, the Giants held and moved onto the Divisional round with a 17-10 victory.
The 1993 Giants got a Wildcard win with a first year Head Coach in Dan Reeves. This Sunday, the Giants go into Minnesota with a first year Head Coach in Brian Daboll looking to pull off an upset. This fanbase is starving for a win, and Daniel Jones said it best 2 weeks ago on the Giants sideline:
“We’ve Suffered Long Enough.”
Highlights to this Classic:
(Photo: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan