Late in a first quarter that featured few fireworks, Sherels took a punt along the sideline and raced 86 yards for a touchdown. It was an outstanding return in which Sherels showed both impressive speed and the intelligence to wait for his blocks in the open field. He finished it by running through an attempt at a horse-collar tackle by Giants punter Steve Weatherford.
The Giants have been giving up long punt returns all season, so it’s no surprise that Sherels added another one. This team’s special teams are a mess.
Before Sherels’ big return, not a lot had transpired. Giants quarterback Eli Manning engineered a long drive but had to settle for a field goal on the Giants’ first offensive possession, and Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman managed to lead Minnesota to one first down before having to punt.
Giants center David Baas limped off the field with a knee injury, adding yet another injury concern to a lousy Giants season.