Playoff Look-back: Giants' postseason history vs. Vikings

UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: New York Giants' running back Greg Comella crosses the goal line for a score against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game at Giants Stadium. The home team crushed the Vikings, 41-0.
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: New York Giants' running back Greg Comella crosses the goal line for a score against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game at Giants Stadium. The home team crushed the Vikings, 41-0. / Photo by Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

For the second time in three weeks, the Giants are set for a matchup with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Wild Card Round at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Vikings took the first meeting this season on Christmas Eve on a last-second 61-yard field goal from Greg Joseph in a 27-24 victory.

This matchup marks the fourth all-time postseason meeting between the Giants and Vikings.

Here is a look back at the previous three playoff meetings between the two franchises…

1993 Wild Card: Giants 17, Vikings 10

The first playoff meeting came on a brisk afternoon at Giants Stadium with a wind chill of just 4 degrees. After a Cris Carter receiving touchdown and Fuad Reveiz 52-yard field goal gave the Vikings a 10-3 lead at halftime, the Giants scored 14 unanswered points thanks to two rushing touchdowns from Rodney Hampton. The Giants won the time of possession battle by over 10 minutes and held the Vikings to just 2-of-13 on third down conversions.

1997 NFC Wild Card: Vikings 23, Giants 22

Four seasons later, the two sides met again at Giants Stadium. After New York took a 19-3 lead at halftime, it was Minnesota’s chance to post a big second half. The Vikings outscored the Giants, 20-3, after that and capped it off with a game-winning field goal from Eddie Murray. The teams combined for five total turnovers as Minnesota evened the postseason record at a game apiece.

2000 NFC Championship: Giants 41, Vikings 0

With a trip to the Super Bowl on the line, the teams reconvened at Giants Stadium for a high-stakes end to the then-trilogy. The Giants dominated through the air as Kerry Collins completed 28 of 39 passes for 381 yards and five touchdowns. New York forced five turnovers and scored 34 points in the first half. The Giants won their first NFC title in a decade to advance to Super Bowl XXXV against the Baltimore Ravens.