The Minnesota Vikings are heading to Philadelphia next weekend to take on the Eagles for the NFC Conference Championship. A walk-off 61-yard touchdown strike from Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs capped a thrilling win for the Vikings over a very game New Orleans Saints team that overcame a 17-point deficit.
This game had it all. Clutch kicks, dramatic challenges, big-time throws and catches and great playmakers on both sides of the ball. The end result is the Vikings are heading to the conference championship and could potentially return home in a few weeks for the Super Bowl.
29-24 was the final in a Divisional Round game that will be discussed for years to come. What could have been for both sides as this one had two Super Bowl caliber teams trade the lead three times in the closing moments. First it was Keenum that set up Forbath for a 53-yarder with 1:29 to play. Then it was Drew Brees using his magic to set up a 43-yard attempt from Will Lutz right down the middle.
In the end, it’s Mike Zimmer‘s bunch with a stout defense that will be playing in Philly next Sunday. A matchup that will feature two great defenses and two former Rams QB’s battling it out for the right to play in the Super Bowl. This game was magical and Zimmer’s guys kept their heads just long enough to survive and advance.
The highly questioned and often criticized Case Keenum made big throws down the stretch that led the Vikings to victory. None bigger than the walk-off score by Diggs where Sean Payton‘s rookie safety Marcus Williams bit hard and went for the hit rather than containing and making a tackle. Keenum went 25/40 for 318 yards with a touchdown and a pick when he was pressured by Cam Jordan.
Keenum came up aces when it mattered most, and the Vikings needed every bit to win the football game. The Minnesota QB called it the third biggest moment of his life behind marrying his wife and giving his life to Jesus Christ. A great performance, and the Vikings are on their way to being the first team to play in a home Super Bowl. The Case Keenum Show is in full effect.
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