Vikings play “miracle” game


K. Johnston, Sports Editor

On Sunday, January 14, the Vikings hosted the New Orleans Saints in the NFC divisional round of the 2018 NFL playoffs in what was, by anyone’s standard, a game to remember.

By the second quarter, the Vikings had a commanding 17-0 lead over the Saints. Only one touchdown was made in the third quarter by the Saints, so the score was 17-7.   

Then came the unbelievable 4th quarter. First, the Vikings were ahead 17-10 and the Saints came back, leaving the Vikings behind 21-20 with only 90 seconds left to play. That’s when Vikings kicker Kai Forbath made a 49-yard field goal that put the Vikings ahead 23-21.

The Saints then had the ball with just a little over a minute left to play in the game. Drew Brees and the Saints just flew down the field, but they couldn’t get the first down on 3rd and 1 so they had to try to make a 43-yard field goal. Wil Lutz came on the field with a chance to give the Saints the lead with 25 seconds left. Wil drilled the field goal right down the middle to give the Saints a 24-23 lead.

Early in the game, the Vikings had been up 17-0. Going into the final seconds, the found themselves behind. With 10 seconds on the clock, and no timeouts, the Vikings quarterback Case Keenum had to try for a miracle. Case threw up a pass to Stefon Diggs and somehow, Stefon caught it and ran 61 yards for the game-winning touchdown. One Saints player dove too early, trying to stop Stefon, but missed the tackle and, adding insult to injury, he knocked his teammate out of range of getting the tackle.

UME softball coach Debbie Johnston said, “That touchdown was a football miracle.”

A huge Vikings fan Coton Gerken agreed. He said, “When he scored the game-winning touchdown I was screaming at the top of my lungs and my dad couldn’t move he was in so much shock.”

The 2018 NFC Divisional round between the Vikings and Saints has made its mark in sports history as one of the best playoff miracles. Fans will remember it as the best or the worst game, depending on which side they were on.