Vikings Beat Saints In Thriller
Matt Demczyk | Jan 14, 2018 AT 9:10 pm
(AP) - Case Keenum completed a last-ditch heave near the sideline Sunday on the game's final play, as Stefon Diggs slithered away for a 61-yard touchdown to give Minnesota a 29-24 victory over New Orleans.
The victory sends the Vikings to the NFC championship game with one more win needed to play in the Super Bowl in their home stadium.
Drew Brees had driven the Saints in position for Wil Lutz's go-ahead 43-yard field goal with 25 seconds remaining, punctuating a steely rally from a 17-point deficit that stood until 1:16 was left in the third quarter.
The Vikings were out of timeouts and nearly out of options when Keenum dropped back with 10 seconds to go from his 39 and threw high into a crowd.
Diggs jumped in front of Marcus Williams, who rolled awkwardly underneath Diggs during an ill-fated attempt at a tackle.
Diggs held his ground, kept his feet in bounds and raced untouched into the end zone as the crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium erupted.
Moments after the game ended we spoke with fans at Howie's Sports Bar in St. Cloud about the amazing finish.
"Miracles do happen!" was the reaction from Tim.
"We're not letting down this year, we're going to the Super Bowl!"
Tim and others we spoke with said, after the way the game ended, it just feels like this is the Vikings' year.
The Vikings travel to Philadephia to take on the Eagles in the NFC Championship game next Sunday at 5:30.