It was all over unless the Vikings pulled off a miracle.
Then the Vikings pulled off a miracle thanks to arguably the worst defensive play in NFL history by the Saints’ Marcus Williams. Instead of simply tackling the Vikings’ Stefon Diggs in bounds and letting the clock run out, Williams lowered his shoulder and tried knock over Diggs.
Williams missed, knocked over his teammate, Diggs ran to the end zone for a 61-yard touchdown, and pro and college players across the country expressed their astonishment.
That sense of wonder was felt by everyone watching the game, including the Vikings and Saints radio crews. Diggs’ touchdown allowed Minnesota to win 29-24 in the NFC Divisional round playoff game. As you might expect, the mood in the two broadcast booths was completely different.
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Here is the Vikings’ call from Paul Allen:
And this is the call from the Saints broadcasters: