Nobody would have expected this end.
For fans and bookmakers, the New Orleans Saints were a clear favorite in the duel with the Minnesota Vikings, now they have surprisingly failed in the NFL wildcard game.
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The team led by star quarterback Drew Brees lost to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday evening in front of their own audience after overtime with 20:26 and has to bury the dream of the second Super Bowl victory after the 2009 season.
Cousins throws decisive pass
Minnesota’s wide receiver Adam Thielen caught a 43-yard pass from Kirk Cousins in overtime just before the end zone. After two unsuccessful runs, it was the so often criticized cousins who made his franchise’s victory perfect with a touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph.
The overtime for the Saints, which was long behind, had only been made possible by kicker Wil Lutz with a transformed 49-yard field goal just a few seconds before the end.
Vikings have to fight 49ers
Drew Brees, who had snatched the legendary Peyton Manning’s touchdown record in December, threw an interception and a touchdown in the Superdome, his opponent brought it on a touchdown pass.
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The Vikings will fight in the Divisional Round next Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers top seeded in the National Football Conference (NFC) for entry into the Conference Championships.
The Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans had the upper hand in the American Football Conference (AFC) wildcard games.
Houston defeated Buffalo Bills in overtime (22:19) late Saturday night, shortly after star quarterback Tom Brady failed in his possibly last football game with defending champion New England Patriots at the Titans (13:20).