Sunday, January 14, 2018


I think that is the exact quote from when we realized Stefon Diggs was going to not only be able to stop the clock in field goal range, but go in to score. Also, I'm pleased to discover that I am, apparently, in excellent cardio-vascular shape.

A few thoughts:
  • It's good to have the official NFL Narrative on your side for once.
  • The new stadium is already luckier than the previous two.
  • SKOL!
  • What happened to the pass rush in the second half? Also, what happened to the pass blocking?
  • It is better to be lucky than good.
  • The second pass interference call for 34 yards was actually correct, although it could have been called defensive holding instead. The clip they kept showing was just the very end; Crawley actually held Diggs's jersey for more than five yards to keep Diggs from blowing past him. When Aikman said that Diggs had his hand on Crawley's hand he was right, but he didn't realize that Diggs was trying to remove Crawley's hand from his jersey. Remember, Diggs has the fastest on-field time recorded this season and the Saints were playing a Seahawks clutch-grab-and-pray style in order to stay with the superior Vikings receivers. Note that the Vikings actually declined almost as many penalties committed by the Saints secondary as they accepted.
  • Michael Thomas actually won his battle with Xavier Rhodes. I did not expect that.
  • I love it when Harrison Smith blitzes.
  • Why can't any head coach except Bill Belichick understand that you have to burn the clock down to less than 20 seconds before you kick the field goal that puts you ahead by one or two points? I was going berserk when Pat Shurmur called a pass on second down, and aghast when he called another one on third down.
  • Case Keenum is a good quarterback. To become a really good one, he has to learn to avoid a) throwing the ball in the field of play when avoiding a sack and b) taking a sack on third down when in field goal range. Those two plays gave up 10 points.
  • Coach Zim is a really good coach. To become a great one, he has to learn not to wilt on the high pressure decisions. Not going for it on 4th and goal from the 2 was the first big mistake. Not calling a run on the first drive after the half was the second big mistake. Not burning the clock before kicking the go-ahead field goal was the third big mistake.
  • The punt getting blocked may have saved the game for the Vikes. With five minutes left, it prevented the Saints from being able to burn the clock while marching down the field. 
  • You HAVE to put away a good team when you have the chance. A good team, particularly one with a good quarterback, is ALWAYS going to come back on you. Even great defenses get tired. I would have felt good about going into the half up 20-0 and receiving to start the second half. I knew 17-0 was not enough, especially when they failed to score on the drive to open the second half.



Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 14, 2018 8:51 PM  

Or who needs fundamentals when making a tackle

My sources in the Sota say the fans are going wild in their local

Blogger jmg January 14, 2018 8:53 PM  

cardio just starting to calm down, better to be lucky and good

Blogger Unknown January 14, 2018 8:53 PM  

The end of the second half I was perturbed at. Though the viks were so dominate to that point I wasn't too bothered. That ending I damn near shit myself.

Blogger Unknown January 14, 2018 8:55 PM  

First half, holy crap I screwed that one up.

Blogger Dave January 14, 2018 8:56 PM  

Yeah no cardiac arrest for you, at least not before you finish Alt*Hero.

So we got two back-up QBs and two ptetty stout defenses meeting in Philly Sunday night. Per the long range forecast the high temp will be in the 50s

Anonymous Deadlocked January 14, 2018 8:58 PM  

Now your heart knows how we Pats fans felt last February. :)

As for the missed tackle at the end, it's possible that Marcus Williams was worried he'd get a "defenseless receiver" flag if he hit Diggs at that moment. That's the only good reason I can see to duck like that.

Anyway, congrats, and good luck in Philly. I feel like you'll be facing a very similar team. The question will be whether the Vikings' QB edge beats Philly's home field (or weather) advantage.

Anonymous Hanging out relaxing talking football January 14, 2018 9:06 PM  

Saints are a great group of people. So are the Vikings. Good playoff weekend. much as i like the Patriots id like to see the Jaguars give them a challenge.

Blogger Kyle Searle January 14, 2018 9:11 PM  

Who knew that the Dark Lord can make Ewok-like noises when he's happy?

Anonymous Überdeplorable Psychedelic Cat Grass January 14, 2018 9:15 PM  

Didn't watch it but heard about it from my dad. He was pissed the Saints screwed up so badly at the end (wanted Brees to get another Super Bowl Ring). Given that I've watched maybe a game and 15 minutes total since September, I couldn't care less if the Saints are in it. My Colts are out and I really couldn't care less about the post season, with the exception of one thing: those #$%!ing Patriots MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO WIN ANOTHER SUPER BOWL.

ERGO, SKOL VIKINGS (or however the hell you say it)!

Congrats, Vox!

Anonymous Faceless January 14, 2018 9:19 PM  

I saw the discussion here so watched the end. The announcer described the Vikings as the #1 defense. Watching the product on the field, that did not seem possible. If that was the best NFL defense, they should just buy out an SEC team's defensive line, as Drew Brees was able to impose his will with impunity. They must have declared victory at half time.

Blogger Harris January 14, 2018 9:20 PM  

Congratulations Vikes Fans!

Anonymous nordicthunder January 14, 2018 9:21 PM  

Kwgwarblurgwokfurbla! back at ya ! that was the most un-Viking ending to a playoff game ever, awesome

Blogger cecilhenry January 14, 2018 9:24 PM  

Saw the highlight prompt with Saints last minute field goal....

Damn. That fooled me.

Play till the end boys!!!!

That's called an adrenaline rush.

Blogger Odin Indaway January 14, 2018 9:29 PM  

The Vikings got their version of a "Hail Mary" pass to end the game...

Blogger Christopher B January 14, 2018 9:44 PM  

Maybe but it sure looked more like he mistimed the jump to hit Diggs as the ball arrived, which allowed Diggs to stutter-step past him. It didn't help that Williams also took out the only other Saint anywhere near Diggs on top of missing the tackle.

Blogger Bellomy January 14, 2018 9:46 PM  

Geez though that final tackle attempt was just hideous. Hideous.

Blogger Ingot9455 January 14, 2018 9:48 PM  

My nephew screamed so loud his parents ran in to see if he was having a seizure.

Blogger Lazarus January 14, 2018 9:49 PM  

I am encouraged. If this can happen, Qanon can be real and evil will actually meet its comeuppance.

Anonymous Looking Glass January 14, 2018 9:50 PM  

@15 Christopher B

The CB dodged Diggs because he got there too early. If he'd followed through, it have not only been PI but maybe a personal foul as well.

The angle on the feed made me thing Diggs needed to get out of bounds, as I thought there was no way it was empty behind him. Nope, it was.

Though it needs to be noted how roughly the 2nd & 3rd last drives were from both offenses. It got tight and both sides weren't operating brilliantly. Credit to the Vikings for figuring out how to solve the "miss FGs late" issue: score TDs.

Anonymous Difster January 14, 2018 9:52 PM  

Just before that last play, I knew a win was "possible" but I wasn't very optimistic about it.

I developed an ulcer by the middle of the 4th quarter that was then miraculously healed in the last second of the game as Diggs crossed the goal line in to that beautiful purple turf.

Anonymous Looking Glass January 14, 2018 9:53 PM  

Oh, and this might be one of the most articulately titled posts. It really does capture the spirit of what happened.

Blogger Nate January 14, 2018 9:57 PM  

This is not a comment about the Vikes game specifically. but in general... I am convinced the full-time refs of today are worse than the replacement refs.

Anonymous Looking Glass January 14, 2018 9:59 PM  

@20 Difster

I was honestly expecting the game to end on a missed 50+ yard FG or an interception. That is, the way the Vikings normally lose in the playoffs. Turns out, they found a way.

But, well, someone still has to figure out a way to beat Lord Belichick and Darth Brady.

Blogger Crush Limbraw January 14, 2018 10:00 PM  

Just before the last play,this Bills fan called the final play - "The Vikes need an Andy Dalton special."
You saw it!
If you didn't know - DaBills got into the playoffs when Cinci beat Baltimore on a last play by QB Dalton.

Anonymous Looking Glass January 14, 2018 10:01 PM  

@22 Nate

I watched that Pats vs Ravens game that nearly set the all-time record for penalties. I'm not sure I can completely agree with the statement, however I do agree that it seems like consistency in calls has gotten worse.

Blogger Lazarus January 14, 2018 10:06 PM  

The CB dodged Diggs because he got there too early. If he'd followed through, it have not only been PI but maybe a personal foul as well.

All he had to to was stand his ground and wrap him up.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 14, 2018 10:07 PM  

Personally I was hoping it would come down to a 27 yard FG attempt. Good luck Vox, not sure if the universe will survive a Viking Super Bowl win, but I'm willing to find out. Especially if they're playing the Pats.

And I agree with Nate. Officiating has gone down hill at breakneck speed in the NFL. The amazing thing is Jeff Triplette still managed to stay abysmally worse than the average all the way down.

Blogger tublecane January 14, 2018 10:09 PM  

As I watched Diggs run downfield, aside from figuring there'd be a flag, I wondered where the safety was. I think I might have yelled "Where's the safety?" at my family. I was sure there would be a Saint waiting back there to get him.

That was too much emotional labor for the divisional round. People are talking about curses being broken, but the Vikings are cursed in conference championships and superbowls.* They still have those to get through. I know, I know, they're pretending a curse has been lifted because it makes for a good story and this game happened to be against the Saints.

Speaking of curses, my sister cursed the t.v. when they showed that clip from the '98 game. What is the matter with them? Stop triggering us.

*Though the Hail Mary travesty was in the divisional round, I think.

Blogger Sterling Pilgrim January 14, 2018 10:19 PM  

I wonder if little Mogadishu is going to light some fires tonight, or if they even know what is going on... "The natives, they seem restless, but why?"

Blogger Rough Carrigan January 14, 2018 10:22 PM  

Incredible ignorance of the context of the play by the Saints safety, Marcus Williams there must have been something like 4-5 seconds left at the moment the receiver caught the ball. He didn't even have to contest the catch just tackle him in the field of play. Were all the Vikings' obese OL's going to run up 25 yards in 4 seconds and spike the ball? Of course not. The safety just didn't know the situation. Terrible.

Anonymous Looking Glass January 14, 2018 10:22 PM  

@28 tublecane

I found it funny that the TV announcer apologized for them showing the FG misses in the past. Joe Buck denies all responsibility for the triggering content, haha.

@26 Lazarus

I think when he broke for the pass, he misread it as being the closer receiver, which ended up putting him too close to Diggs before the ball arrived. He's basically at full speed closing before the ball arrives, which means he had a physics problem. Diggs appreciates him dodging, for multiple reasons.

Rewatching the highlights, that Thielen catch might have been the best play of the day. Came down with the ball after being held & PI while landing on his back.

Anonymous Iron Spartan January 14, 2018 10:24 PM  

Nate wrote:This is not a comment about the Vikes game specifically. but in general... I am convinced the full-time refs of today are worse than the replacement refs.

If this was soccer, the refs of the Titans/Patriots game would have already been hunted down and shot by Tennessee fans.

It is the one area that soccer fans are better than NFL fans.

Anonymous Looking Glass January 14, 2018 10:30 PM  

@31 Iron Spartan

Twitter's intentional trending section can be hilarious when the major professional leagues are on in Europe. "Who's this person? A striker?". Nope, turns out Twitter users are lighting up the officials. Though futbol has the problem of specific penalties being far too valuable, though no one really wants to discuss why they don't change a few of the rules to avoid those issues. Mostly because officials are the best way to fix tier 2 & tier 3 matches.

The International Olympic Committee is the happiest group in the world that FIFA HQ is near their own. Why? Because it means there's someone far more corrupt near by.

Blogger Sambuca_Ford January 14, 2018 10:35 PM  

Harrison Smith repping Knox Catholic!

Blogger bobby January 14, 2018 10:35 PM  

It snowed all day, and the Vikes' stadium is downtown and tough to get away from at the end of games even when the weather is clear.

So it was a massive slippery jam as the game let out - nobody left early, the whole crowd swarmed out in one mass - traffic just crawled - but it was a happy happy traffic jam with people honking and smiling and letting cars in and snowball fights . . .

Uff da!

Blogger joc January 14, 2018 10:55 PM  

That was the most amazing ending to a playoff game since 'The Music City Miracle', hell maybe 'The Immaculate Reception'. Wow!

Anonymous Neo-Butkus January 14, 2018 10:57 PM  

NFL is kayfabe theater. Don't believe your lying eyes.

Anonymous E Deploribus Unum January 14, 2018 11:02 PM  

Kwgwarblurgwokfurbla was the sound I made at the end of last year's Superbowl.

Any luck, it'll be the same incoherent brilliance in three weeks.

Anonymous Neo-Butkus January 14, 2018 11:11 PM  

Boycott the the Super Bowl telecast. Listen to it on the radio if you must. Minnesota in to insure packed stadium for SB. So critical that they couldn't risk missed FG at end of game.

Blogger Drew January 14, 2018 11:26 PM  

At least this year's NFL wasn't all bad.

Blogger Jamie-R January 14, 2018 11:28 PM  

Had to get here & check in. I see you made it. I figured they'd be deporting someone from central Europe after causing a ruckus with that finish. Happy trucks of confetti this time with another shit-grinning immo.

Blogger Larry January 14, 2018 11:30 PM  

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Anonymous Difster January 14, 2018 11:31 PM  

YouTube has already got tons of videos "proving" that Williams missed that tackle on purpose.

Blogger Rough Carrigan January 14, 2018 11:34 PM  

And now the four quarterbacks left to possibly lead their teams to the Uber Bowl are Tom Brady . . . . . . . . . . . . . Case Keenum, Blake Bortles and Nick Foles. Wow.

Anonymous The Original Arrogant Steelers Fan January 14, 2018 11:49 PM  

Yes, this Narrative of Minnesota playing at home for the Super Bowl is compelling for the SJWs because then they can really double-down on the praises of all the beautiful, wonderful Somalians and middle easterners that live in that area.

I'm really glad for the Vikings and their fans, though. I mean, if you're not down with Bud Grant then who can you be down with?

Blogger Zapp Brannigan January 15, 2018 12:21 AM  


And Notre Dame.

Blogger Unknown January 15, 2018 12:53 AM  

Bortles is still obviously a Chuck Tingle name.

Blogger tublecane January 15, 2018 1:08 AM  

@43-I can see refs blowing calls on purpose, because how many people know which zebra is which?

But that play will haunt Williams forever. "The Guy Who Dove Away from Diggs" will be on his tombstone. Why would he accept that role? Are the sinister forces behind NFL Theater holding his family hostage?

Blogger Pizza January 15, 2018 3:07 AM  

tackling is optional in the NFL

Blogger Fenton Wood January 15, 2018 4:25 AM  

When I saw the title, I thought it was the long-awaited translation of the 16 Points into Vogon.

Anonymous burgmeister January 15, 2018 6:44 AM  

Worst 2nd half of the Vikings on both side of the ball this entire season.

Part of the reason was great play calling by the Saints - they took away the double A-Gap/blitzing looks the Vikings like so much by spreading it out. Both Kendricks and Barr were forced into coverage often. Payton knows his stuff. I respect that, even though I can't stand the guy. And Brees...I have now words. The accuracy and timing on some of those throws have been just incredible...

On offense, we got away from the stuff that worked on ourselfs. Too conservative at times and I said in halftime, that we would need 30 points total to win this.

Thomas is a legit reciever - but he also didn't come down with it when it counted the most (he had 3 opportunities and didn't catch one). Top 5 recievers make at least one of those.


Biggest challenge now: get back to earth and prepare for a tough matchup in philly. They're defense is legitimate and Pederson is a great play caller. If cold, game will be decided on the ground. There's no way Foles will be as precise as Brees just has been.

Anonymous kjj January 15, 2018 6:25 PM  

At the Wild game, all of the TVs in the hallways outside the seating area were playing the Vikings game. That ending touchdown came right as the singer finished the Canadian Anthem. Probably the loudest cheering that "Oh Canada" has ever earned on this side of the border.

Anonymous Matthew Alexander January 16, 2018 3:34 PM  

"Michael Thomas actually won his battle with Xavier Rhodes. I did not expect that."

Because go Bucks!

Anonymous Timpaul January 17, 2018 12:32 AM  

It's fake. Minn to home field goes 0-5. Scripted.

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