Minnesota Vikings: 5 biggest upset wins of the last 20 years

(Photo By Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via Getty Images) Adrian Peterson
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Vikings RB Mewelde Moore during the Minnesota Vikings win over the New York Giants by the score of 24 to 21 at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford New Jersey on Sunday November 13, 2005. (Photo by James R. Morton/NFLPhotoLibrary)
Minnesota Vikings RB Mewelde Moore (Photo by James R. Morton/NFLPhotoLibrary) /

2005 at New York Giants, Week 10. Vikings win 24-20.

  • Date: November 13th, 2005
  • Point Spread: Giants -10

Another strange game at the New York Giants. Another miserable outing for Eli Manning. Another batch of three non-offensive touchdowns scored by the Vikings to extinguish the Giants.

Six times in his career Eli Manning threw four or more interceptions in a game. Two of the games were to Vikings defenses. The other occasion would occur two seasons later.

In this contest, Mewelde Moore ripped off a 71-yard punt return touchdown, Koren Robinson joined in with an 86-yard kickoff return touchdown, and Darren Sharper sprinted his way to a 92-yard interception return touchdown. And, that’s it. Those were the Vikings three touchdowns.

Running back Michael Bennett was stymied by the Giants defensive line, and quarterback Brad Johnson managed his way to 144 passing yards on 31 pass attempts.

Kicker Paul Edinger iced the game from with a field goal from forty-eight yards out leaving ten seconds to spare, and the Vikings escaped the Meadowlands with a bizarre nail-biting victory.

The Vikings missed the playoffs, and head coach Mike Tice was fired seven weeks later. The Giants won the NFC East. They were blanked by the Carolina Panthers 23-0 in the Wildcard Round exactly eight weeks after the loss to the Minnesota Vikings.