What a Shock.
The Minnesota Vikings upend the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome. It’s so nice to see pouty Saints coach Sean Peyton look on in dismay as his team takes another early Playoff exit.
Looking ahead the San Francisco 49ers are spared having to play Seattle. For Now. It could happen. But not next Saturday at Levi’s Stadium.
Washington Post 1.5.2020
NEW ORLEANS – Heartbreak defined January here the past two years, a pair of playoff endings that were improbable by themselves and inconceivable in tandem. Sunday delivered a familiar outcome but a fresh kind of agony, derived from an unforeseen unraveling and a sudden end.
Early Sunday evening, after a rollercoaster four quarters failed to decide whose season ended and whose continued, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins quarterback Kirk Cousins floated a pass to the corner of the end zone (Above photo). When it landed in the hands of tight end Kyle Rudolph, the Vikings had completed a stunning, 26-20 upset of the New Orleans Saints, who again take their Super Bowl-worthy roster into an early offseason.
The third down score was set up by a 43-yard pass from Cousins to Adam Thielen to the Saints’ 2. The Vikings drove 75 yards in four minutes, 15 seconds after taking the kickoff in overtime.
The Vikings will play San Francisco on Saturday at 1:35 p.m. in the second round.
New Orleanians will not recover from wrenching pain and another jagged scar this offseason. They do not have another nickname to place next to The Minneapolis Miracle or The New Orleans No-Call. They will instead live with the disquiet that comes with wondering, when you never saw it coming, what just happened.
Who could have guessed? Cousins carried a well-earned reputation for faltering under the spotlight into the Superdome, to face a cacophonous crowd, an all-time quarterback and the heavily favored Saints, the choice of many to win the Super Bowl. He outdueled Drew Brees, who committed two turnovers and played far below his standard, and when the Vikings won the coin toss, he ensured the Saints would not again touch the ball.
Cousins heaved a 43-yard bomb to Adam Thielen, setting up the Vikings from inside the five. After two failed runs, Cousins dropped back and floated a fade to Rudolph, who overpowered P.J. Williams for the game-winning catch.