Vikings get their 2022 playoff dreams crushed by the Giants

(Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) Saquon Barkley
(Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) Saquon Barkley /

The 2022 NFL season has come to a close for the Minnesota Vikings after a loss to the New York Giants in the Wild Card round of the playoffs on Sunday.

It was a ride that most Minnesota Vikings fans knew was likely going to come to a heartbreaking conclusion, and on Sunday, the team’s magical 2022 season came to an end in the Wild Card round of the playoffs at the hands of the New York Giants.

Ironically, the loss to the Giants wound up being the Vikings’ first one-score defeat of the season as Minnesota left the field inside U.S. Bank Stadium with a 31-24 loss.

With Sunday’s result, the Vikings still haven’t won a home game in the Wild Card round of the playoffs since the 1999 season when they were able to defeat the Dallas Cowboys.

Playoff loss to New York Giants highlights glaring Minnesota Vikings weakness

During the upcoming offseason, one of Minnesota’s main objectives will likely center around fixing a defense that had almost no answer for New York on Sunday.

In the loss to the Giants, the Vikings’ defense gave up 431 total yards, they allowed New York to go 3-of-4 in the red zone, and they didn’t force a single turnover.

The Giants and quarterback Daniel Jones could basically do whatever they wanted against a Minnesota defense that might have just had their last game with Ed Donatell calling the plays.

On the offensive side of the ball, there wasn’t much blame to go around for the Vikings. There were certainly some questionable decisions made, but Minnesota’s offense came up with several big plays, they also went 3-of-4 in the red zone, and there was just only so much they could do to try and make up for the faults of their defense.

The Vikings now head into an offseason with plenty of questions to be answered and a number of important decisions to make.

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