I haven’t really been watching the NFL playoffs since the Seahawks were not in it, but I did tune in for last night’s Saints @ Vikings quarterfinal, and wow, what an ending that was.
The lead changed hands four times in the final three minutes, with the Saints completing an historic comeback from a 17-point halftime deficit (and a 10-point deficit heading into the final 15-minute quarter) to take the lead 21-20 with 3 minutes to go. Then the Vikings got a field goal with a minute and half left to retake the lead 23-21. Then the Saints drove back, got a field goal of their own to make it 24-23 with just 25 seconds left. And then, with just 10 second left, and the ball on the Vikings’ own 39-yard line, a good 20 yards from semi-reasonable field goal distance, the MINNESOTE MIRACLE happened.
Here’s the radio call, which is significantly better than Joe Buck on the picture box. (In fairness, even Buck made a good call, for once.)
The Vikings play in a stadium with a roof (Chelsea had a preseason friendly against AC Milan there in 2016, when it opened, replacing the old Metrodome), which comes in handy when there is a foot of snow outside. Or when you need the noise turned up to deafening.
VIKINGS WIN, GLEASON ALSO WINS
Steve Gleason is a former Saints player who has been battling ALS since 2011, sent this tweet (typed with his eyes) after the Saints’ heart-breaking loss.
Congratulations to the Vikings. I'm so in shock I can't move.— Steve Gleason (@TeamGleason) January 15, 2018
Gleason recorded four years of his life after his diagnosis and it was made into a must-watch documentary. It’s available on Amazon Prime.
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