Vikings stay up late to watch replays of Diggs' miraculous catch

"We had a chip on our shoulder, man", McKinnon said. Whether you are a Flacco apologist or not, we can all agree that he hasn't played up to the money. "This isn't a case of that". The Vikings face the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday in Philadelphia. Whatever happens there won't dampen the collective purge Vikings fans experienced against New Orleans.

The "Minneapolis Miracle" stole the show on Sunday, but all hands - and feet - were on deck throughout the afternoon to make the Vikings walk-off win a possibility. Not long before, Forbath booted a 53-yard field goal to give Minnesota an 11-point lead at Washington in Week 10.

Williams awkwardly whiffed on Diggs, taking out cornerback Ken Crawley as Diggs came down.

"2009, 1998, just being a Vikings fan since Day 1, I've been through a lot, obviously, as a fan", he said.

Diggs made the catch at the New Orleans 34, spun away from Saints safety Marcus Williams and then raced untouched to the end zone, advancing the Vikings to the NFC title game at Philadelphia on January 21. On the following play, Keenum tossed the ball to McKinnon in the backfield, and he took off running toward the left sideline.

The outcome that produced the 29-24 victory was so improbable that the Vikings were predictably continuing to process their status as the first team in National Football League history to score a winning touchdown on the final play of regulation in a postseason game. Diggs was saved by Williams' over tackle, and almost fell out of bounds but managed to keep his balance.

"Nobody thought we could do it", Diggs said.

"He knew he could do it", Carrier said. "I think I was still swimming".

But Brees got the ball back with 1:29 left on the clock, one timeout and the ball at the 25-yard line with what appeared to be the game-winning drive when Wil Lutz hit a 43-yard field goal with 29 seconds left. Brees connected with Michael Thomas for two of his three touchdown passes in a span of 3:09 that spilled into the fourth quarter.

"For a lot of people, they could have been just, 'OK, here it goes again". Why can't we have nice things? Some of the throws Case Keenum late in that game to battle back was big. The touchdown eventually led the Ravens to an overtime win against the Broncos and an AFC Championship berth.

With players, coaches and even media members all over the field, what was the point of the Vikings lining up to try an extra point in a game that already had been decided?

99 years old and first Vikings game.

When asked to assess Bradford's progress, Zimmer said, "It's kind of hard to judge with five practices".

The release was palpable. Pearson, Gary Anderson, Blair Walsh. gone. "You just have to go with your gut", Payton said.

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