Last-second pass lifts Vikings over Saints in stunning fashion

Stefon Diggs caught a Case Keenum pass in traffic, slipped past a diving defender and raced down the sideline as time expired to give the Minnesota Vikings a stunning 29-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints in Sunday’s NFL divisional playoff game.

The Saints, who trailed 17-0 at the half, had just reclaimed the lead on Wil Lutz’s 43-yard field goal and were 25 seconds away from the NFC championship game in Philadelphia next weekend.

But two plays after the Vikings used their final timeout, with 10 seconds on the clock, Keenum took the snap in the shut gun and found Diggs at the New Orleans 35. Diggs made a leaping catch, which caused Saints safety Marcus Wlliams to miss the tackle, and raced untouched to the end zone as the crowd at at U.S. Bank Stadium exploded.

The Vikings league-best defense shut down Drew Brees and the Saints in the first half, forcing punts on New Orleans’ first three possessions. The next three ended with Viking interceptions and a missed field goal.

The Vikings took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter on a 14-yard run by Jerrick McKinnon and a 20-yard field goal by Kai Forbath. Latavius Murray made it 17-0 with a one-yard run with 9:58 left in the second quarter.

In the second half, Brees brought the Saints to within three with a pair of touchdown passes to Michael Thomas. The second score was set up when Williams picked off a Keenum pass intended for Diggs at the Minnesota 42.

New Orleans took its first lead on a 14-yard pass from Brees to Alvin Kamara. That stood until Forbath nailed a 53-yard field goal with 1:29 left.

The Saints final drive, ending with Lutz’ 43 yard field goal to put the Saints on top 24-23, ate up all but 25 seconds of the remaining time.

But that’s all Keenum and Diggs needed to pull off the incredible finish.