Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Case Keenum-Stefon Diggs late touchdown lifts Vikings past Saints

Case Keenum-Stefon Diggs late touchdown lifts Vikings past Saints

The Eagles get to play the disrespect card for another week. The Falcons couldn't overcome the 10-yard loss and were forced to punt. The Vikings travel to Philadelphia next weekend for the NFC championship game.

A tortured history told them so. Still, oddsmakers and pundits picked the defending NFC champion Falcons to win. Therefore, look for the Vikings to pull off another nail-biter and become the first team to play a Super Bowl in its own home stadium.

All of those memories stuck in their craw early Sunday evening.

"To have a lot of people not having a lot of confidence in us and yet to find ways to win just makes it that much more special for this group", coach Doug Pederson said Monday. Headline writers in the Twin Cities celebrated.

The former Maryland Terrapin has a nose for the end zone as he scored eight times in 14 games while battling through a groin injury for part of the season.

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What a strange, symmetrical circle this completes. For those watching from home, expect to see plenty of dog heads on your television. Ryan, Newton and Brees didn't have enough to last deep into the tournament. Meanwhile, Foles, who nearly retired after his Rams experience, signed a free-agent contract back with his original team, the Eagles. Kai Forbath would drill a 53-yard field goal with 1:32 to go, giving the Vikings a 23-21 lead. But that might be just what the Philadelphia Eagles will need to do on Sunday if they hope to advance to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. "That alleviates a lot of the pressure when you know every single guy is playing for each other". In fact, look out for Clement even if the Philadelphia is within striking distance or has the advantage. Such was the decision he faced when the Birds sputtered at the Atlanta three with 6:05 to play, up by two points. The Eagles entered the game with the league's top-ranked run defense, which gave up 79.2 yards per game in the regular season. On fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, the Eagles ran LeGarrette Blount outside. Sack-sonville. The Jaguars get it done with a fierce pass-rush, a dangerous running game behind Leonard Fournette and a quarterback in Bortles who threw a career-low 13 interceptions this season.

The Eagles rose to the challenge in their divisional round playoff win against the Falcons.

And, the skyline is suddenly green. And our back's against the wall.

Pederson also successfully challenged a call, and his clock management helped the Eagles get points before the half.

The Vikings started in style, forcing a three-and-out on the Saints' opening possession before quickly scoring themselves with Case Keenum finding Jarius Wright for a 22-yard gain to the 16 yard line before Jerick McKinnon walked in untouched for the game's opening touchdown.

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