Running back Peyton Hillis, who was recently signed after being cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, rushed 18 times for 36 yards and a touchdown and added five catches for 45 yards.
The Giants improved their record to 1-6 and the Vikings fell to 1-5.
Head coach Tom Coughlin almost seemed happy after the Giants’ victory.
“Do I have to describe that?” Coughlin said. “We needed it all along. The guys have really been great... I feel good for our guys. I’m happy for our coaches, I’m happy for our players, I’m happy for our owners that we won.”
“I was definitely ecstatic,” said safety Antrel Rolle. “I think the team, overall, we played a great game.”
Eli Manning had his first interception-free game of the season and passed for 200 yards and a touchdown. The Giants defense was able to hold one of the NFL’s top running backs, Adrian Peterson, to just 28 rushing yards.
“We knew their best player was Adrian Peterson,” said defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. “Everybody knows that. And we just have to stop the run. We did a great job of stopping the run.”
"It’s a good win," he added. "We’re gonna build on this, and hopefully everybody can stick together and continue to practice well and let’s get on a roll."
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