It takes two players, working in tandem, to complete a pass play, let alone a desperation pass in an NFL playoff game with time expiring. But afterwards, quarterback Case Keenum and receiver Stefon Diggs weren’t on the same page emotionally.
After the 61-yard completion, a stunned Keenum kept saying “Oh my God.” In contrast, Diggs, devoutly assured that God’s will had shown its hand in a play that marked the first ever, fourth quarter walk-off victory in NFL playoff history, was instead proud: a mixture of happiness and resolute anger. As for the Minnesota Vikings’ long-suffering fans, there were tears of joy and relief. After four Super Bowl losses, four NFC Championship losses, blown field goals in playoff games (29-yards against Seattle in 2015; 44-yards against Atlanta in 1999) how could any of their fans have welcomed another field goal attempt in order to win the game against the New Orleans Saints? The Saints’ Mardi-Gras fans often party; Vikings fans normally weep.