New Orleans Saints: 2 duds, 1 stud in crushing loss to Vikings
The New Orleans Saints took a hard Wild Card playoff loss to the No. 6 Minnesota Vikings last Sunday that ended their season.
The New Orleans Saints went into Sunday afternoon as huge favorites to win the Super Bowl and almost unanimous favorites to win the Wild Card matchup. Here we see another reason why the first-round bye is so important to a team.
The Saints went up against the worst-rated team on the NFC side of the playoffs. The game started out on a good note with a fumble recovery turning into a touchdown on the ensuing drive. However, that was about the only high point for the Saints until the fourth quarter.
The game was close throughout the entirety of it. They traded a field goal for a field goal and a touchdown for a touchdown. At the end of regulation, the score was tied 20-20 which lead to overtime for the second wild card overtime this playoff.
The Minnesota Vikings got the coin flip and chose to receive the ball. They drove the ball and scored a touchdown winning the game on a controversial non-called offensive pass interference on Kyle Rudolph.
The New Orleans Saints had been knocked out of the playoffs for the third year on the final play of the drive, the most since the Green Bay Packers earlier this millennium. What went wrong? Who went wrong?
Here are two duds and one stud in Sunday’s crushing loss to the Vikings.