MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - “I can’t believe that just happened.”
Neither can anyone else in Minnesota, Stefon Diggs.
That was Diggs’ reaction to scoring a last-second, game-winning touchdown to propel the Minnesota Vikings to victory over the New Orleans Saints in Sunday’s Divisional Round playoff game.
“With all the doubt, with everybody putting us down or making us the underdog or not believing in us, our defense is great and they’re still great, they showed up, it’s just that today offense had to do something,” Diggs told Fox 9 sports reporter Dawn Mitchell just moments after the play.
Pointing at quarterback Case Keenum, Diggs said, “That man right there said I’m going to give somebody a shot and that somebody was me today and I wanted to make him look as good as effing possible.”
Down by one with just 10 seconds left, the Vikings pulled off one of the most incredible plays in franchise history. Keenum dropped back from the Vikings’ own 39 and threw the ball deep, finding Diggs near the sideline. Saints defensive back Marcus Williams misses the tackle and takes out his own teammate, allowing Diggs to run free into the end zone for a 61-yard touchdown as time expired.
"We kept fighting until the very end and we didn't quit until there were three zeros on the scoreboard," tight end Kyle Rudolph said. "And Case, he just gave Diggs a chance and for Diggs to go up and not only make that catch, but to have the wherewithal to turn and run, that's unbelievable."
The Vikings advance to the NFC Championship game on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Kickoff is at 5:40 p.m. in Philadelphia on Fox 9.