Kirk Cousins Leads Minnesota Vikings over New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints kicker Will Lutz sent the game to overtime with two seconds remaining in regulation on a made 47-yard field goal in the NFC Wild Card Game at home against the Minnesota Vikings.
Minnesota won the coin toss. They got the ball first in overtime and this was Kirk Cousins‘s time to prove himself. He made a couple of big-time throws including the game-winning 4-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph with 10:40 remaining in overtime as the Vikings upset New Orleans by a score of 26-20.
On that same drive to set up the touchdown, Cousins threw a 43-yard pass to Adam Thielen on a first-and-10 play from the Saints 45-yard line and he caught on the New Orleans’s 2-yard line with less than 12:42 remaining in overtime.
Kirk Cousins completed 19-of-31 passes for 242 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for -1 yards on two carries.
Rudolph caught four passes for 31 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Theilen was the leading receiver in this game for Minnesota with seven receptions for 129 yards receiving. He also rushed for three yards on one carry.
Stefon Diggs was held in check. He wasn’t targeted a lot in this game and Diggs got frustrated on the sideline at one point. He caught two passes for 19 yards receiving. Stefon Diggs also rushed for eight yards on two carries.
With the game tied at three in the second-quarter, Alvin Kamara scored on a 4-yard rushing touchdown for the New Orleans Saints. He only rushed for 21 yards on seven carries and a score. Kamara also caught eight passes for 34 yards receiving.
With Minnesota trailing 10-6 with less than 27 seconds remaining in the first-half, Dalvin Cook scored on a 5-yard rushing touchdown. Cook finished the game with 94 yards rushing on 28 carries and two touchdowns.
Dalvin Cook wore down New Orleans’s defense all game long. He rushed for 94 yards on 28 carries and two touchdowns. Cook also caught three passes for 36 yards receiving. He has missed the last couple of weeks with a shoulder injury.
Alexander Mattison rushed for 20 yards on five carries. He also caught one pass for 10 yards receiving.
Deonte Harris returned a kickoff for the New Orleans for 54 yards with 12 seconds remaining in the first half. They got the ball at the Minnesota 45-yard line. Michael Thomas caught a 25-yard pass from Drew Brees to set up a 43-yard field goal attempt for Will Lutz right before halftime. Lutz missed a 43-yard field goal and it loomed large for this team because it winded up being a big difference in this football game.
Drew Brees completed 26-of-33 passes for 208 yards one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed for five yards on one carry.
Michael Thomas was the leading receiver in this game for the New Orleans Saints. He caught seven passes for 70 yards receiving.
Dalvin Cook scored on a 1-yard touchdown run for the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter to go up 20-10.
Brees threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Taysom Hill in the fourth-quarter with 10:31 remaining in regulation. Hill completed a pass for 50 yards. He also rushed for 50 yards on four carries. Hill also caught two passes for 25 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Jared Cook caught five passes for 54 yards receiving.
Deonte Harris caught one pass for 50 yards receiving.
Latavius Murray rushed for 21 yards on five carries. He also caught one pass for four yards receiving for the New Orleans Saints.
With less than 4:26 remaining in regulation, Drew Brees was strip-sacked by Danielle Hunter at the Minnesota Vikings 28-yard line and Minnesota recovered the fumble after Taysom Hill busted a 28-yard run to set them up in the red zone.
On a first-and-10 at the Vikings own 47-yard line with less than 3:27 remaining in regulation, it appeared as if Vonn Bell was going to recover a fumble for a 38-yard touchdown, but it was clear and obvious that Cook’s knee was down way before he fumbled and the fumble was forced originally by A.J. Klein.
The Minnesota Vikings were heavy underdogs in this game. Minnesota (11-6) will be on the road in the NFC Divisional Round against the San Francisco 49ers (13-3) on Saturday afternoon.
The New Orleans Saints (13-4) season concludes in utter disappointment once again. Drew Brees is 40 years old and he will be 41 years old hopefully on January 15. It will be interesting to see if Brees is back next season for this football team or not.
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