The New Orleans Saints have lost in excruciating fashion to the Minnesota Vikings 29-24 on a touchdown pass of 61 yards from Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs.

The Saints trailed early in this game and struggled to move the ball at all on offense, they didn't get their first, third down conversion until early in the 2nd quarter.

New Orleans trailed 17-0 heading into the second half and it seemed the league's number one overall defense was going to roll to a Divisional Round Playoff victory.

However, Drew Brees and the Saints defense had other ideas. The fight was on as the Saints scored a touchdown on a Michael Thomas catch to put the team on the board, 17-7 early in the third quarter.

Just one offensive play later, they got the ball back as Cam Jordan put pressure on Keenum and forced an ill-advised throw which was intercepted by Marcus Williams. With the ball back in Drew Brees' hands it only took six plays and it was deja vu, Michael Thomas touchdown catch. 17-14 and we've got a ball game.

Following a Kai Forbath field goal, Drew Brees found Alvin Kamara for 14 yards for the Saints to take their first lead of the ball game, 21-20 with three minutes remaining in thr fourth quarter.

The Saints would erase the 17 point deficit and on the ensuing drive the Vikings would take it right back on another Forbath field goal. 23-21 Vikes.

1:29 remaining in the game and Drew Brees does what Drew Brees does, drives the team down the field and leaves it to Wil Lutz to nail a 43 yard field goal. New Orleans snags the lead 24-23 with 25 seconds remaining all the Saints needed to do was halt the Minnesota offense.

From there, with 10 seconds remaining, the unthinkable happened.... A 61 yard walk-off touchdown catch by Stefon Diggs and the season was over.

Young Marcus Williams was the one defending on the play and he got a head of steam going towards Diggs, Diggs went up and he couldn't stop himself. Williams lowered his shoulder and run right under the skying Stefon Diggs.

Diggs was able to stay in bounds and scored with no time remaining on the clock. Absolutely incredible and absolutely heart-breaking for the New Orleans Saints.

Your final, 29-24 Vikings.

The Minnesota Vikings move onto the NFC Championship Game to face the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday at 5:40pm.

 

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