Just when we thought playoff football could not get any better, it did. Last night, the Minnesota Vikings topped the New Orleans Saints 29-24 as time expired and became the first team in NFL history to win in walk-off fashion in a postseason game.
This was probably the closest thing that football will have to a buzzer beater, as Stefon Diggs crossed the goal line as the clock struck zero.
This play started with only 10 seconds left in the game, and did not have any promise early on in quarterback Case Keenum’s check downs. He took a risk, threw it into a crowd of defenders and somehow it paid off.
This was in part a great throw by Keenum, but also a mishap by the Saints secondary. Saints free safety Marcus Williams appeared to be on track to take down Diggs which would likely have saved the game, but overshot him and took out one of his own teammates.
“I’m going to take it upon myself to do all that I can to never let that happen again,” Williams said. “If it happens again, then I shouldn’t be playing.”
This will be a play that haunts the Saints for many years to come, as the game was in their hands and they let it slip away.
For Minnesota, they will advance to the NFC championship this Sunday to face the Eagles who will be going without their starting quarterback in Carson Wentz.
They will be fighting to be the first team in NFL history to take part in the Super Bowl while also being the host city.