Kirk Cousins has long been one of those quarterbacks that were able to- somehow- toe the line of being ‘good.’ Some believed he was good, others thought that he wasn’t so much. Sunday, however, he showed that the former was right as he helped lead the Minnesota Vikings, a team that felt like they were a good quarterback away from being a Super Bowl contender, past the New Orleans Saints in an NFC Wild Card Game on the road. The final score ended up being 26-20 in overtime, and it was keyed by Cousins’ strong showing.
He threw a perfect long ball Adam Thielen for what was nearly a 50-yard touchdown. Two plays later he would find tight end Kyle Rudolph for a four-yard TD to clinch the win on a fade. There was controversy, as the tight end did push off, but it was decided that there was no offensive pass interference on the play. This makes it two years with a controversial ending for the Saints and a third year in a row where they have been ‘walked off’ against. Dalvin Cook finished the game with 94 yards rushing and two TD’s of his own, while Thielen amassed 129 yards on seven receptions, none being as crucial as the one that set up the game winner.