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MINNEAPOLIS – The New York Giants and star running back Saquon Barkley didn’t need the ball long before scoring their first touchdown in Sunday’s NFC Wild-card game against the Minnesota Vikings at US Bank Stadium.

Barkley threw the Giants’ fifth play off a scrimmage and reached the rim. He used his speed for a 28-yard touchdown that tied the game at 7-7 with less than 10 minutes left.

It was a quick response from New York after Minnesota marched 65 yards for a score on its opening drive. The Giants went 85 yards after their first play was called back for holding. Quarterback Daniel Jones had two runs of 35 yards and two runs of 22 yards. Then on first-and-10 from the 28-yard line, Barkley went left field. He followed tight end John Feliciano to the sideline.

That’s when Barkley kicked it into high gear to reach the end zone. It was his first career playoff appearance in his first official postseason move.

Barkley was untouchable on his touchdown run. It was his longest touchdown run since his rookie season in 2018.


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