Vikings secure Minneapolis Miracle
The Minnesota Vikings will play the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship game after an improbable win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Quarterback Case Keenum connected with Stefon Diggs on a 61-yard touchdown pass with no time remaining as the hosts triumphed 29-24 at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Immediately dubbed the Minneapolis Miracle by Vikings radio broadcaster Paul Allen, the throw to Diggs from Keenum was a good one, but Diggs should have been tackled. However
New Orleans rookie safety Marcus Williams completely missed the tackle, and took out a teammate in the process, allowing Diggs to run untouched 35 yards into the end zone.
Both the Eagles and Vikings have the look of a team of destiny after a crazy weekend of games, but only one of them can make the Super Bowl.
Minnesota travels to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Sunday for the right to play either the New England Patriots or the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Patriots host the AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro following their comfortable victory over the Tennessee Titans.
New England was expected to face the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the Jaguars had other ideas as they upset their hosts 45-42 at Heinz Field.
Rookie running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 109 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries and Blake Bortles avoided making a mistake with 214 yards and a score on 14-of-26.
Bortles will have to be better, indeed the expectation is that Jacksonville will have to play a near perfect game, if the Jaguars are to upset New England.
Four of the top five defenses in points allowed made the Conference finals this season, the exception being the Los Angeles Chargers, setting up some potentially fascinating battles.
Philly are to 3.25 win the Super Bowl, with Minnesota 3.20.
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