Instead of taking a sack like he should have, he threw an off-balance lollipop into double coverage, which was Andrew Shaw Authentic Jersey intercepted by Saints cornerback Marcus Williams. That gifted the Saints a short field, which quickly became seven more points.
A couple minutes into the fourth quarter and it was now only 17-14 Vikings. The air had gone out of what had been a rollicking U.S. Bank Stadium. Instead of the 119.8 decibels these fans were registering on the scoreboard at points of this game, you could sense a queasy sports-fan version of post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Vikings drove for a field goal — a 53-yarder by Kai Forbath — but left too much time on the clock. Brees got the ball all the way to midfield before missing on three straight passes to Michael Thomas. Then he completed a fourth-and-10 pass to Willie Snead, which led to a field goal with 25 seconds left, which led to the loss of all Vikings’ hope.
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Finally, one thing to keep and eye on in this game is how the Vikings react to playing outdoors. They’ve only played outdoors once since Dec. 11 and they didn’t even get to practice outside this week because coach Mike Zimmer didn’t like the look of the team’s outdoor field.
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The (outdoor practice) field wasn’t in good enough shape, Zimmer said, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
That might not sound like a big deal, but another indoor team (the Falcons) definitely had trouble last week playing on the slippery surface at Lincoln Financial Field. The surface was so bad that the Eagles have brought a new one in for Sunday’s game.
For the second week in a row the Eagles are an underdog at home. Although they knocked off the Falcons in the divisional round, CBSSports.com senior NFL writer Pete Prisco doesn’t see Philly advancing to Super Bowl LII.