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Saints end incredible 2017 Season in last second, heartbreaking loss

Saints end incredible 2017 Season in last second, heartbreaking loss

Stefon Diggs caught a Case Keenum pass in traffic, slipped past a diving defender and raced down the sideline as time expired to give the Minnesota Vikings a stunning 29-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints in Sunday's National Football League divisional playoff game.

With New Orleans leading 24-23 and only 10 seconds to play, Keenum hurled a pass to the right sideline and Diggs leaped high to grab it.

A 61-yard touchdown catch to steal the game and seal an NFC Championship game next week with the Philadelphia Eagles. And resulted in Minnesota getting the 29-24 win - and a measure of revenge on the Saints for the 2009 NFC championship game.

The Saints looked listless in the first two quarters, but opened up their scoring account late in the third quarter on a Drew Brees to Michael Thomas 14-yard touchdown.

No, really. There's a name for the miracle play that will go down as one of the greatest moments in Minnesota Vikings history.

Case Keenum did enough to keep the offense moving forward.

The Saints had an opportunity to recapture the lead with just one time out left.

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It was Saints ball to begin with, but a three-and-out situation was to sum up a torrid first-half for the visitors who just couldn't move the ball consistently against the NFL's No1 ranked defence.

The Eagles beat the Vikings 21-10 last October at the Linc, beating former Eagle quarterback Sam Bradford and handing the Vikings their first loss after a 5-0 start. Four plays later, rookie Alvin Kamara, whose breakout was a major factor in the team's NFC South title and breakthrough from three straight 7-9 finishes, caught a 14-yard pass from Brees for a 21-20 lead with 3:01 left. After he scored, he was mobbed by team-mates and had a hard time breathing with some of the heavier Vikings laying on him. Saints safety Marcus Williams missed the tackle, and Diggs had a free run to the endzone.

The Eagles kicked a field goal during the final second of the half after an improbable sequence.

Case Keenum of the Minnesota Vikings.

The story of this game came down to the incredible comeback by the Vikings. And second-year kicker Wil Lutz nailed a 43-yard field goal that sure felt like a game victor with 25 seconds left.

"If there was a curse, we probably would have lost today", Zimmer said. Maybe, instead of his last game as a Saint, he is playing his final game (s) in the NFL.

Aided by two pass interference calls on Ken Crawley for 54 yards, the Vikings reached the 1-yard line before settling for a short field goal. His first reaction was to yell for Diggs to get out of bounds.


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