NFL Playoffs Divisional Round Simulation - Saints @ Vikings


On the opening drive the New Orleans defense came up with a huge sack and fumble, leading to a touchdown drive and a quick 7-0 lead for the Saints. Mark Ingram scored on a 2-yard run.

The Vikings offense responded with a touchdown drive of their own, capped off by a Jerick McKinnon 10-yard touchdown run.

Tied 7-7 at the end of the 1st.

Early in the second quarter, the Saints had a chance to take a 10-7 lead but Wil Lutz missed a 55-yard field goal attempt. Minnesota took advantage going 55 yards on 7 plays. Case Keenum threw a 3-yard touchdown to Latavius Murray to take a 14-7 lead.

Not to be outdone, the Saints used 10 plays to go 75 yards to tie the game at 14. Alvin Kamara scored from a yard out.

Tied 14-14 at half.

Right out of the gate to start the second half, the Minnesota defense picked off Drew Brees and started a drive at the 17 yard line. Unable to find any rhythm on offense, the Vikings settled for a Kai Forbath 28 yard field goal to take a 17-14 lead.

After a handful of punts, the Saints were able to add a Wil Lutz 24 field goal to tie the game at 17.

Tied 17-17 at the end of the 3rd.

The Vikings run game wore down the Saints defense and it showed in the fourth quarter. Minnesota started with a 33 yard field goal to take a 20-17 lead, then after picking off Drew Brees for a second time in the game, Case Keenum connected with Kyle Rudolph for a 9 yard touchdown. This game the Vikings a 10 point lead with just over 7 minutes left in the game.

New Orleans cut the lead to 3, after another Alvin Kamara 1-yard touchdown run, however that's as close as they would get as the Vikings would run out the clock.

Final Score: Vikings Beat the Saints 27-24.

Stats

  • Drew Brees - 29/45, 332 yards, 0 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
  • Mark Ingram - 10 carries, 38 yards, 1 touchdown 
  • Alvin Kamara - 7 carries, 18 yards, 2 touchdowns, 3 catches, 40 yards
  • Michael Thomas - 9 receptions, 149 yards

  • Case Keenum - 14/23, 143 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • Latavius Murray - 24 carries, 96 yards, 1 reception, 3 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Jerick McKinnon - 18 carries, 79 yards, 1 touchdown 
  • Adam Thielen - 3 receptions, 26 yards
  • Stefon Diggs - 5 receptions, 58 yards
  • Kyle Rudolph - 4 receptions, 44 yards, 1 touchdown 

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