With the AFC Divisional round set we now turn our attention to the NFC Wild Card race. The first game on tap features the (10-6) Minnesota Vikings against the (13-3) New Orleans Saints. A rematch of the Minneapolis miracle from two years ago in which the Vikings won the game on a last play touchdown pass. The Saints are looking to end the drought of 5 elimination games in a row where they’ve lost by a single score. Who would come out on top in this heated rivalry?
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The game had a rather rocky start for the Vikings as they’d fumble the opening drive. Saints kicker Wil Lutz would make them pay for the early mistake as he’d open the scoring with a 29 yard field goal. With the Saints up 3-0 the Vikings would respond with a field goal of their own. The 43 yard field goal was made by Dan Bailey tying the game at 3-3. That was all the scoring in the 1st quarter, but there was plenty more to come in the 2nd. After a 50 yard reception put the Saints in the red zone, Alvin Kamara would put the first touchdown on the board. The 5 yard run would give the Saints a 10-3 lead. Minnesota would cut the lead to 4 as Bailey would get a 21 yard field goal to make it 10-6 New Orleans. The Vikings would then take the lead after an interception. Dalvin Cook would punch the ball into the end-zone for a 5-yard run making it 13-10 after a missed field goal by the Saints. That’s how it would finish at the half but there was still plenty of excitement to be had in the 2nd half.
The lead for the Vikings was then added upon with another touchdown. It would be Cook again surging past the goal-line for a 1-yard touchdown and a 20-10 Vikings lead. They’d carry the 10-point lead into the 4th quarter where things were about to get really exciting. The Saints opening drive of the 4th quarter resulted in a touchdown. The wily veteran Drew Brees would find Taysom Hill for a 20 yard touchdown, cutting the Saints deficit to 20-17. Then with time winding down Lutz would tie the game up with a 49 yard field goal sending us to the 2nd overtime of this years Wild Card round.
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It was an extremely short overtime as the Vikings would score on their opening possession. The 8-play drive was capped off by a touchdown, the first passing one by Kirk Cousins. Cousins would find Kyle Rudolph in the end-zone for the 4-yard game winning pass. The final score of 26-20 would continue the Saints tough luck in 1-score games as that would make it 6 in a row. With that win the Minnesota Vikings will advance to the NFC Divisional round and are one step closer to their first Super Bowl.