The New Orleans Saints finished the season 13-3 and as the 3 seed, they'll face off against the 6 seed Minnesota Vikings. Both teams are getting healthy, Saints returning their starting offensive guards and the Vikings are getting Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook back to full strength. Both teams are missing key cornerbacks Saints are without starting CB Eli Apple and the Vikings will be without maybe their best cover corner Mackensie Alexander. Drew Brees called this game not revenge, the miracle was two years ago, this is a different game. In pre game Drew also said “we've seen the devil so we have nothing to be afraid of now, let's just go out and play”.
This is how the game unfolded ——
- Vikings win the toss and they elect to receive. They’ll start their drive on the 25 yard line. On the opening play the Saints get called for holding. Dalvin Cook gets the first carry for nine yards. Thielen catches it and fumbles, Vonn Bell recovers to the 37 yard line. Janoris Jenkins forced the fumble.
- First carry Alvin Kamara takes it for four yards. Latavius Murray carries for five yards. 3rd and 1 Drew hands off to Taysom Hill for a first down. Drews first pass of the game is complete to Michael Thomas for a first down. 3rd and goal from the five yard line, Drew Brees is sacked. Saints will settle for a field goal.
- NO: 3 - MIN: 0
- Vikings will start their drive on the 25 yard line. Alvin Cook gains 7 on his first carry. Cook moves the chains on a 3 yard run. Cook loses 1 yard after a TFL from Tuttle and Davis. Mattison gains 10 and it'll be 3rd and 1. Cook moves the chains on a five yard run. Vikings on the Saints 48. Mattison gains 15 yards on a pitch to the Saints 28. Diggs loses five yards on the end around. 3rd and 15 Cousins finds Johnson for 8 yards, they'll settle for a field goal.
- NO: 3 - MIN: 3
- Saints will start at the 25 yard line, blind side block will back them up. Brees first pass is complete to Thomas for 6 yards. 3rd and 7 for the Saints, Brees is pressured and incomplete. Saints will punt. 3-and-out.
- Vikings will start their drive on their 36 yard line. Cooks carry goes for 10 yards for a first down. Cook rushes to midfield for 3 yards. Holding will back the Vikings up to 2nd and 17. Cousins pass is complete for 9 yards, 3rd and 8 Cousins is sacked by Trey Hendrickson, Vikings will punt.
- Touchback will start the Saints at the 25 yard line. Drew Brees pass is complete to Thomas for a 15 yard catch. 3rd and 9 Brees pass is complete but not enough for a first down. Saints will punt.
- Vikings drive will start at the 29 yard line. Cooks carry goes for 3 yards. Thielen carries for 3 yards, 3rd and 4 Cousins pass is nearly intercepted by PJ Williams. The Vikings will punt.
- Deonte Harris returns it to the 30 yard line. Kamara carries for 5 yards. Taysom Hill checks in at QB and carries for 11 yards. Taysom chucks it to Deonte Harris for 50 yard completion to the goal line. Alvin Kamara punches it in for a 4 yard touchdown!
- NO: 10 - MIN: 3
- Vikings will start their drive on the 25 yard line. Cousins pass is incomplete on first down. Cooks carries for 3 yards. 3rd and 7 coming. Cousisns pass is complete to Rudolph for a first down. Dalvin Cook cuts up field for a 22 yard run. Cook rushes for 3 yards, 3rd and 5. Cousins pass is complete to Thielen for a first down. Cousisns finds Cook for a 19 yard catch, 1st and goal for Minnesota. On 3rd and goal Demario Davis stuffs Cook for a 2 yard loss, Vikings will settle for a field goal.
- NO: 10 - MIN: 6
- Deonte Harris returns it to the 24 yard line, 2:49 left in the half. Brees complete to Kamara for 3 yards, 3rd and 7 Brees pass is intercepted by Anthony Harris returned to the Saints 45 yard line.
- Cousins finds Thielen wide open for 19 yards to the Saints 24 yard. Cook rushes for 6 yards, 3rd and 4 coming. Cousins pass is complete to Thielen for 13 yards. 1st and goal Cousins is incomplete with 27 seconds left. Dalvin Cook rushes for a 5 yard touchdown.
- NO: 10 - MIN: 13
- Deonte Harris takes the kick 54 yards with 12 seconds left to the Vikings 45 yard line. Brees completes to Thomas for 20 yards, Saints set up a Will Lutz 43 yard field goal, it's no good.
- Saints will start the half with the football. Saints start the drive on the 23 yard line. Kamara first carry goes for 2 yards. Brees scrambles for 5 yards, 3rd and 3. Brees hits Murray on a swing pass for a first down. Brees hits Michael Thomas for 6 yards. On 2nd down Murray rushes for a couple, 3rd and a long 1. Brees hits Kamara but loses 6. Saints will punt.
- Vikings start their drive on the 12 yard line. Cook rushes for 12 yards but coming back with a holding. 2nd and 12 Cousins finds Cook for 10 yards, 3rd and 2. Cousins pass is incomplete. Vikings will punt. 3-and-out.
- Deonte Harris takes the punt to the Vikings 45 yard line, but blind side block will push the Saints back. Brees is sacked on first down. Brees hits Kamara for 8 yards. 3rd and 11 Brees is incomplete. Three and out again. Saints will punt.
- Vikings drive will start at the 36 yard line. Cousins is incomplete but pass interference will give the Vikings a first down. Cousins gets his pass batted down on 2nd down. 3rd and 10 for the Vikings, Cousins hits Thielen in stride for a 34 yard completion. Cook gets stood up on 2nd and 1. 3rd and 1 Cousins hits Diggs to the Saints 1 yard line. Dalvin Cook punches it in for a 1 yard touchdown.
- NO: 10 - MIN: 20
- Deonte Harris takes the kick to the 28 yard line. Taysom Hill checks in and gives to Kamara for 4 yards, 3rd and 6. Brees hits Kamara but he will be a yard short. Saints will punt. Fake punt to Taysom Hill he gets the first down but false start will push them back. Saints will now actually punt.
- Vikings start the drive on 35 yards, Mario Edwards Jr dumps Mattison for a 2 yard TFL. False start on MIN, 2nd and 17. Mattison from Cousins is incomplete, 3rd and 17. Abdullah runs it for a couple. Vikings will punt to end the quarter.
- Saints start their drive on the 15 yard line. Brees finds Cook for a first down, Cooks first catch today. Brees hits Kamara for 5 yards, 3rd and 3. Brees hits Cook for a catch of run for 14 yards to midfield. Brees hits Ted Ginn Jr on the sideline for 14 yards. Murray rushes for four yards to the Vikings 28 yard line. Murray rushes for 6 yards and a first down to the 20 yard line. Brees hits a wide open Taysom Hill for a 20 yard touchdown!
- NO: 17 - MIN: 20
- Vikings will start their drive on the 25. Diggs rushes for 6 yards on an end around. Cook gains 3, 3rd and 1 coming. Give to CJ Ham for a first down. 2nd and 8 pitch to Cook loses 1, 3rd and 9. Cousins pass is incomplete, CJ Gardner-Johnson punches it out late. Vikings will punt with 7:00 left.
- Deonte Harris takes it to the 29 yard line and Saints get the ball back. Brees hits Taysom Hill for 5 yards. Brees hits Kamara for 4 yards, 3rd and 1. Taysom checks in and powers for 7 yards and a first down. Brees hits Thomas for 5 yards. Taysom checks back into QB breaks free and shrugs tacklers for a 28 yard run. Brees checks back in and is sacked and fumbles and Vikings recover on the 37 yard line.
- Vikings take over with 4:18 left. Cousins is incomplete to the right to Diggs, 3rd and 9. Cousins is complete to Thielen for a first down. 3:27 left. Dalvin Cook fumbles but his knee is down, loss of 7 yards. 2nd and 17. Cook rushes again and loses 2 yards. 3rd and 19. Cousins is sacked by Cam Jordan. Vikings will punt with 2:08 left
- Deonte Harris returns to the 30 yard line. ——Two Minute Warning —— Brees hits Kamara for 6 yards. Brees to Cook for a first down. 1:26 left. Brees hits Kamara for 9 yards. Brees hits Thomas for another first down into Vikings territory. Brees hits Cook for another first down. :21 seconds left. 7 seconds Saints will kick the field goal. Will Lutz from 49 yards, hits and we have a tie game with :02 left.
- NO: 20 - MIN: 20
- Vikings win the toss and they'll get the ball first. Start on the 25 yard line. Cousins hits Cook for 4 on 2nd down. 3rd and 1 coming. Cousins completes to Diggs for a first down. 2nd and 10 Cook rushes for a first down. Cousins hits Thielin for a 43 yard reception, Vikings on the Saints 2 yard line. Cooks is stuffed on first down. Cook gets stuffed again and Roberston gets a 3 yard TFL. 3rd and goal, Kirk Cousins hits Rudolph for a touchdown in overtime.
Saints fall 23-20 in overtime.