DETROIT – The New York Giants took advantage of Brett Favre standing on the sideline as Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw had long runs in a 21-3 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night.
Favre's NFL-record streak of 297 straight starts ended because of his banged-up right shoulder and numb hand in a game moved from Minneapolis because the Metrodome roof collapsed under heavy snow early Sunday.
The Giants sacked Favre replacement Tarvaris Jackson four times, temporarily knocking him out of the game late in the third period.
New York (9-4) moved back into a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the NFC East. Minnesota (5-8) was eliminated from the playoff race.
Bradshaw left in the fourth quarter with a wrist injury.
The game was switched from Sunday afternoon when the Giants couldn't get to Minneapolis because of the severe weather.
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Ahmad Bradshaw broke free for a 48-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter, and the New York Giants took advantage of Brett Favre's absence by rolling to a 21-3 lead over the Minnesota Vikings after three quarters Monday night.
Favre's record streak of 297 consecutive starts ended when he was deactivated about 90 minutes before the game. Tarvaris Jackson took his place and completed 12 of 21 passes for 98 yards through three quarters, but Minnesota couldn't reach the end zone.
Jackson was intercepted by Keith Bulluck in Giants territory early in the third quarter after Greg Camarillo had given Minnesota fine field position with a 52-yard punt return. Later in the period, Bradshaw found running room down the left sideline for his long touchdown — which was also his longest run of the season.
Lorenzo Booker returned the ensuing kickoff all the way to the end zone, but a penalty wiped out the touchdown. Late in the third quarter, Jackson hobbled off after being sacked, appearing to favor his right leg. New York defensive lineman Justin Tuck was slow getting up on the play as well, but he was able to walk off with a rib injury. He was expected to return.
The game was moved to Ford Field after the Metrodome roof in Minneapolis collapsed.
Eli Manning threw two interceptions, but he bounced back late in the first half, leading a 71-yard, nine-play drive that ended when he threaded a 6-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Boss, who was covered by two defenders near the back of the end zone. That gave the Giants a 14-3 halftime lead.
Before the game, the big question was whether Favre could once again manage to start despite a right shoulder injury. The three-time MVP wasn't on the field about 90 minutes before kickoff, and the Vikings announced moments later he was inactive.
Favre finally came out about 35 minutes before the game started, wearing a T-shirt and warmup pants. He hugged a teammate while receiving a few cheers from the crowd, then stood at the 15-yard line and chatted with Jackson.
After Minnesota's first drive, Favre looked at photo printouts with Jackson.
In the first quarter, Jackson was briefly sidelined with a knee problem. Minnesota's backup, Joe Webb, went in and threw an incompletion. It's not clear what the Vikings would do if both quarterbacks are hurt, because they didn't list a third quarterback.
In the first quarter, Minnesota took advantage of an errant pass by Manning that Frank Walker intercepted, giving the Vikings great field position at the New York 34-yard line. Minnesota took the lead on Ryan Longwell's 21-yard field goal.
Brandon Jacobs made short work of that 3-0 deficit. He broke free down the left sideline in the second quarter for a 73-yard run to the Minnesota 14. He then finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.
The Giants not only held Jackson in check, they also limited Adrian Peterson to 26 yards on 14 carries through three quarters.
The stadium's lower bowl was full, and the upper deck was about half full. Tickets were given away for free, and the announced attendance was 45,910.
Those holding tickets to the Giants-Vikings game, originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis, were given preferred seating at Ford Field. Fans with tickets from the Packers-Lions game on Sunday in Detroit were told they'd get in free to the 65,000-seat indoor stadium with a steel roof.
Although the Vikings' logos were displayed in both end zones and at midfield, this wasn't necessarily a home away from home for them. During the second quarter, some fans began chanting "Let's Go Lions!"
Giants linebacker Clint Sintim hurt his knee on a punt, and wide receiver Mario Manningham hurt his hip during the first half.
Line judge Jeff Bergman was carted off during the second half with what appeared to be an ankle problem.