And We’ll See You Next Sunday Night…

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 14: Stefon Diggs #14 of the Minnesota Vikings scores a touchdown as time expires against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of the NFC Divisional Playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium on January 14, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Turn the volume up on your factory ass speakers. It’s Paul Allen on the call:

What crazy Alabama game-winning touchdown?

On the greatest play my heavily-biased, Millennial-self, has ever seen, Case Keenum and Stefon Diggs connected for a 61 yard walk-off touchdown that Allen perfectly dubbed the “Minneapolis Miracle.” The Vikings’ 29-24 victory over New Orleans will help ease Skol Nation’s remaining animosity over Bountygate.

Fan reaction videos are taking Social Media by storm. They are a hell of a lot more fun to watch than the Blair Walsh inspired versions. My Minnesota Sports Fan colleagues documented their own live response to the sensational play. According to Sunday night’s weather forecast, I’d say that footage will be available at some point on Monday. 

The below is not a live reaction, but Everson Griffen’s reaction immediately following the game-winning touchdown was priceless:

Alright. If you want some more (don’t blame you) of that type of stuff, stay tuned for our founder, Eric’s article.

Personally, to explain my feelings when Diggs was sprinting to the end zone, only one life-moment really comes to mind: A couple of days before my 11th birthday, my mom gave me a scratch off ticket (great parenting) as an “early present.” After my pre-pubescent fingers scratched away the silver face, it was a winner. A big winner. After screaming that I had won 10K, the two of us enjoyed a tainted celebration. I had no idea at the time, but the damn thing was fake. The second I became cognizant of the scam, I broke down worse than the Saints secondary.

The “Minneapolis Miracle” felt like the EXACT OPPOSITE of that near social service investigation worthy moment by my mother.

If the fancy media people or others around the country want to complain about giving up the 17 point lead, by all means, be my guest. As for me, zero complaints.

However, a couple of quick points:

  • Don’t worry about Xavier Rhodes. Andrew Sendejo getting cracked by Michael Thomas set him off. From there, it was a perfect storm that resulted in 2 TD’s for Michael Thomas and Mike Zimmer stepping in to help calm down the All-Pro CB. R-E-L-A-X. Rhodes was one of the first guys in the tunnel celebrating with Diggs. While Thomas is a dog, the Eagles’ Alshon Jeffrey is a cat. Next Sunday, it’s back to #RhodesClosed.
  • The week prior to Aaron Rodgers suffering some injury, he led the Packers to a last second win over Dallas. If you recall, the Cowboy’s clock management got ridiculed for even giving number 12 a chance. In the event we happen to meet Tom Brady in the Super Bowl, and the game is close, let’s try to avoid giving him the ball last. I know this defense is historic, but you don’t want him, Rodgers, or Drew Brees, controlling the outcome of the game. it didn’t end up biting us in the ass on Sunday but I wouldn’t count on a last-second miracle play, like that, very often.

But that doesn’t matter this morning. Because, it’s on to Philly. The Zim Reapers will go up against Carson Wentz’ replacement, Napolean Dynamite Nick Foles next Sunday.

Sorry, Eagles. The backup QB stepping into the starting role and thriving is our thing.

If Case and company can get it done next Sunday night (5:40 PM CST Kickoff), it’s Super Bowl homeboys and girls.


Johnny Minnesota @TheJohnnyMN
Minnesota Sports Fan

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