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Vikings’ fan rewarded with recreation ball after flipping off Giants’ Isaiah Hodgins

Minnesota Vikings huge receiver Okay.J. Osborn rewarded a younger fan with a recreation ball throughout Sunday’s tense NFC wild-card recreation in opposition to the New York Giants – the identical fan who only a quarter earlier flipped Isaiah Hodgins the double fowl. 

The interplay got here late within the first quarter when Hodgins scored a landing on a 14-yard move from Daniel Jones to present the Giants a 14-7 lead. 

Isaiah Hodgins of the New York Giants celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC wild-card playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium on Jan. 15, 2023, in Minneapolis.

Isaiah Hodgins of the New York Giants celebrates after scoring a landing in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings within the NFC wild-card playoff recreation at U.S. Bank Stadium on Jan. 15, 2023, in Minneapolis.
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Hodgins, celebrating his fifth landing of the season, launched the ball into the padding behind the top zone, which seemingly prompted the fan to react. 

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The Giants would rating a discipline objective to enhance to 17-7, however Osborn would chop the lead after scoring a landing with simply 45 seconds remaining within the first half. 

Isaiah Hodgins of the New York Giants catches a touchdown pass against the Minnesota Vikings on Jan. 15, 2023, in Minneapolis.

Isaiah Hodgins of the New York Giants catches a landing move in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings on Jan. 15, 2023, in Minneapolis.
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And, maybe by coincidence, Osborn then walked up on to the fan and handed him the ball. 

The Giants by no means trailed, profitable 31-24 for his or her first playoff victory since Super Bowl XLVI.

“A cornerstone franchise like this with such a wealthy historical past, that is what we’re purported to do,” huge receiver Darius Slayton stated. “We’re purported to go to the playoffs. We’re purported to be a profitable workforce. We’re simply going to maintain making an attempt to stay as much as the legacy that’s been right here.”

New York Giants' Saquon Barkley looks to get past Minnesota Vikings' Camryn Bynum during the playoff game Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, in Minneapolis.

New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley appears to be like to get previous Minnesota Vikings’ Camryn Bynum in the course of the playoff recreation Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, in Minneapolis.
(AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

The Giants will subsequent play the Philadelphia Eagles within the divisional spherical on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. ET. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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