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Giants vs. Vikings halftime score: Giants trail Minnesota, 18-7

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The New York Giants trail the Minnesota Vikings 18-7 at the half.

As we’ve often seen with the Giants this season, the opposing team received the opening kick-off. The Vikings engineered back-to-back 11-play drives on their first two possessions, coming away with points and holding the ball for more than 11 minutes. Despite the lopsided time of possession and Minnesota’s success through the air, the game was close for most of the half, largely due to the Giants’ defense stiffening close to the endzone.

The Giants scored quickly on their second drive, starting with a fantastic 52-yard kickoff return by Corey Ballentine and capped by a great throw and catch from Daniel Jones to Darius Slayton.

Unfortunately for the Giants, starting running back Wayne Gallman exited the game in the first quarter with a concussion, which is doubly concerning with this week’s short turnaround.

The Giants will get the ball to start the second half.