NFL Power Rankings: Cardinals rise, Packers fall in Week 17

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Dec 27, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is sacked by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) during the first quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports


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When Eli Manning is bad, he is really bad. This version of Manning arrived in Minnesota as the New York Giants were trashed by the Vikings. Manning was picked off three times as the Vikings pulled away for a blowout 49-17 victory. New York had every opportunity to win the turbulent NFC East this year, but consistency has been a real issue.

The Vikings defense bossed the game but was given some freebies by Manning. Losing Odell Beckham Jr. to suspension hurt them evidently. The Giants were forced away from the ground game early, but Rashad Jennings put up 74 yards. If the game was closer, the run game could have played a bigger role.

Adrian Peterson was held in check early, but as is so often the case, persistence is the key. He broke out a 39-yard run and finished with 22 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown. Jerick McKinnon added another 89 yards. The Giants’ issue with stopping the run was particularly concerning.

New York finishes the season with a game against Philadelphia. Both teams underachieved this year and failed to capitalize on a wide open NFC East.

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