Giants routed 49-17 by Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson, right, sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015. (Ann Heisenfelt)

Adrian Peterson ran for 104 yards and a touchdown over three quarters, Harrison Smith took one of Eli Manning's three interceptions into the end zone and the Minnesota Vikings clinched a playoff spot with a 49-17 victory over the New York Giants on a frigid Sunday night.

Teddy Bridgewater turned in another sharp December performance, Blair Walsh chipped in five field goals and the Vikings (10-5) set up an NFC North championship game next week at Green Bay.

With Peterson relaxing on the sideline, Jerick McKinnon rushed for two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a 68-yard romp through a disinterested defense with the temperature down to 11 degrees.

Manning badly missed suspended wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and his 1,396 yards and 13 touchdowns, as the Giants (6-9) trudged toward a fourth straight absence from the postseason.
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