The New Orleans Saints season was ended Sunday in another emotional exit. Unlike in previous years however, they were simply outplayed and even with a glimmer of controversy there was no question of who played the better game leaving the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
After an opening drive Minnesota turnover it looked as if NOLA could be on their way to a decisive start. But Minnesota controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides early on.
Everson Griffen is murdering Andrus Peat so far.— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) January 5, 2020
New Orleans were silent for much of the first half offensively. Taysom Hill however was not...at any point.
Taysom Hill is what everyone wanted Tim Tebow to be...— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) January 5, 2020
Taysom Hill is the first player in NFL playoffs history with 50 passing yards, 20 receiving yards and a receiving TD in the same game. The ultimate utility player.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 5, 2020
The Saints however committed a couple of crucial turnovers, and missed out on another.
Anthony Harris with the interception. @Vikings take over! #Skol @HOOSDatDude #NFLPlayoffs— NFL (@NFL) January 5, 2020
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After a game tying kick to take the game into overtime, the final nail in the New Orleans Saints season was put in. Several questions were raised, some showed humility, others had already come to grips with defeat and looking forward.
KYLE RUDOLPH with the game winning TD grab in overtime to propel the Vikings into the next round of the playoffs— Barstool Irish (@BarstoolIrish) January 5, 2020
Huge play by the former Notre Dame tight end #IrishInTheNFL ☘️
Shit I love this team. It is what it is!!! #WhoDat no matter what! Either you wit us or you not simple as that. ♂️— Alvin Kamara (@A_kamara6) January 5, 2020
We will be back!!!— C.J. Gardner-Johnson (@CGJXXIII) January 6, 2020
Last year was THE year. Numb to it at this point.— Ryan Hebert (@RyanHebert89) January 5, 2020
I wasn't in the locker room after the playoff loss last year, obviously, but a few people described it to me as angry. Opposite of that tonight. Very, very quiet. Just bitter disappointment. A few questioned the final call but they mostly blamed themselves— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) January 6, 2020
I’m not gonna complain about officiating. Minnesota had fantastic plan and that combined with Saints mistakes made it a toss up.— Ralph Malbrough (@SaintsForecast) January 5, 2020
Tough way to go down but this is child’s play compared to what we’ve endured the last two years. Always and forever #whodat— Andrew Juge (@AndrewJuge) January 5, 2020