The Minnesota Vikings advanced to the NFC Championship Game with an amazing 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints, in what has to go down as one of the craziest endings in the history of the NFL playoffs. There were four lead changes in the final 3:01 of regulation, including Stefon Diggs’ miraculous 61-yard touchdown to win the game as time expired.
This is something I rarely do outside of the Super Bowl, but a game this crazy needs its own Enemy Reaction. Game thread screenshots are courtesy of Daily Norseman and Canal Street Chronicles, plus some cameo appearances from other SBN blogs.
Jerick McKinnon takes toss straight to the end zone (7-0 MIN)
Andrew Sendejo makes leaping INT off of Drew Brees (10-0 MIN)
Drew Brees pass is deflected and intercepted by Anthony Barr (17-0 MIN)
After a Saints touchdown, Case Keenum throws a terrible interception to Marcus Williams, leading to another Saints touchdown to cut it to 17-14
Probably the worst postseason interception I've ever seen. And that's Marcus Williams reading Keenum's eyes and making the play. Saints aren't even back in this without him. pic.twitter.com/pLW8qYwQWy— Jonathan Kinsley (@Brickwallblitz) January 15, 2018
Blocked punt! (20-14 MIN)
Alvin Kamara puts New Orleans ahead with touchdown catch (21-20 NO)
Adam Thielen makes diving catch, helps set up field goal for Kai Forbath (23-21 MIN)
On 4th and 10, Drew Brees finds Willie Snead to keep the Saints’ hopes alive (23-21 MIN)
Wil Lutz drills go-ahead field goal with 25 seconds left (24-23 NO)
...I quit (24-23 MIN)
The Miracle in Minneapolis (29-24 MIN FINAL)
Anti-Falconing, you say?
Bonus reactions from the Buccaneers, Falcons, and Panthers fans
Audio: Vikings radio announcers Paul Allen and Pete Bercich on the final play
Audio: Saints radio announcers Jim Henderson and Deuce McCallister on the final play
The Vikings get revenge on the Saints for what happened to them in the 2009 NFC Championship Game, and advance to play the Philadelphia Eagles. Minnesota is one win away from the Super Bowl doubling as a home game. That’s crazy!
I’ll have the rest of the divisional round covered in a second Enemy Reaction on Tuesday. Until then, thanks for reading and go ‘Hawks!