Tuesday 20 February 2018

Diggs's stunning catch seals 'miracle of Minneapolis'

Stefon Diggs catches the ball above the head of Marcus Williams, whose missed tackle allowed the Vikings wide receiver to score the game-winning touchdown Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Stefon Diggs catches the ball above the head of Marcus Williams, whose missed tackle allowed the Vikings wide receiver to score the game-winning touchdown Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

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The Minnesota Vikings contrived to throw away a 17-0 lead, be 21-20 down with one play and 60-odd yards remaining, and somehow still won.

Stefon Diggs's 61-yard score with 0:00 left on the clock is the first walk-off touchdown in regulation that the play-offs has ever seen.

'The Miracle Of Minneapolis' is what they called it on the radio broadcast and it is not too wrapped up in the moment to say that Diggs's high-point catch, spin and elusive post-catch run to the end zone will go down in Vikings history, even if they lose next week against the Eagles or the week after in the Super Bowl.

Minnesota has never heard such noise, the raucous crowd packing the rafters of their incredible new stadium and losing its collective mind when Diggs produced an all-time classic play-offs moment.

The Vikes had to leave their last home because snow collapsed the arena roof but if this team win the Super Bowl in their own stadium on February 4 then the biggest concern will be blowing the roof off.

Such noise and excitement for a team that has been the class side of the NFC all year and the composition of the final four now makes for interesting viewing.

Apart from New England the other teams in the Championship round are the three best defences in the NFL, each with unproven, quarterbacks

Nick Foles (Eagles), Case Keenum (Vikings) and Blake Bortles (Jaguars) are undoubtedly the weakest quarterback trio to reach this stage of the season - yet having got this far and after such a stunning weekend, it would be unwise to bet too much against them.

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