Mike Zimmer: We made critical errors that could have led to loss

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There was a lot of celebrating in Minneapolis on Sunday night after Stefon Diggs‘ game-winning touchdown as time expired in the Vikings’ playoff game against the Saints, but that wasn’t the case at the team’s facility on Monday.

Coach Mike Zimmer opened up his press conference Monday by discussing things that went wrong as the Vikings handed back a 17-0 lead and found themselves losing 24-23 with seconds to play in the game. Zimmer discussed a Case Keenum interception, a blocked punt and other miscues with the media and said he did the same in a film session with the team to let them know that there’s room for improvement.

“We can’t make these mistakes in playoff games or we’ll be going home,” Zimmer said. “There’s always good and always bad in some of the games. We made some critical errors in that game that coulda got us beat.”

Zimmer allowed that there were other situations where things went well, but even Diggs’ play was used in film study to show the defense what not to do if they find themselves in the same situation that the Saints were in on Sunday. While those outside the team may keep watching Diggs’ touchdown for other reasons, that and other scenarios that might come up against the Eagles will be the focus for the Vikings.

71 responses to “Mike Zimmer: We made critical errors that could have led to loss

  1. He’s not wrong. The Saints offense badly outexecuted and outcoached Zim’s D in the 2nd half. As well as, the Vikings offense leaving too much time for Brees at the end.

  2. With him mentioning Keenum’s INT, now all of the talking heads will only ratchet up the talk of, “How short of a leash will Keenum have this week?”

    UGH

  3. I would have preferred a nice, comfortable win for the sake of my blood pressure, sanity, and family relations, but this kind of a win may have been just the thing to get the Vikings ready for next week. They made a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes in the second half and it will be easy to get their attention when it comes to correcting those mistakes. If everything had gone smoothly, you don’t feel the need to work as hard to improve. The nice thing about this team is they bounce back after a bad performance and don’t repeat the same mistakes, so they should be better prepared for Philadelphia than they otherwise could have been.

  4. The Keenum interception was a terrible throw and changed the entire game around. It gave the Saints energy on offense and felt like the turning point. I give credit to Brees and the Saints offense. When the score was 17-0, thought for sure the game was over with how the Vikings Defense was playing. The Minneapolis Miracle saved the season.

  5. Keenum was throwing a lot of 50/50 balls there. The Vikings were very lucky to come out with a win.

  6. Zimmer is a Great Coach…wanted him for the Dolphins….oh well….he definitely gets the most out of his players and creates a Great “Team Environment”!!

  7. The Vikings are on a 5-game NFC Championship losing streak, and the last four they were considered either the favorite or had a reasonable chance to win. They were an aging team in 1977 and not nearly as good as Dallas. What those four have in common is that the previous week’s game was a relatively easy victory.

    1987:
    Minnesota 44 New Orleans 10
    Minnesota 36 San Francisco 24
    Washington 17 Minnesota 10

    1998:
    Minnesota 41 Arizona 21
    Atlanta 30 Minnesota 27

    2000:
    Minnesota 34 New Orleans 16
    New York 41 Minnesota Donut

    2009:
    Minnesota 34 Dallas 3
    New Orleans 31 Minnesota 28

    I don’t think it hurts at all that they had to fight through a hard-fought win and have a bunch of mistakes they need to correct. Maybe things go differently this year.

  8. Losing Sendejo to a blindside helmet to helmet knockout blow certainly helped Payton’s team get back in the game.

    Just like knocking out Keenum might have helped if they had succeeded. Three separate players tried that on at least two separate occasions.

    But who knows?

    Payton surely learned his lesson with Bountygate.

    Right?

  9. As much as I hate to say it as a Packers fan, the Vikings are winning the Super Bowl this year. After the divine intervention of the missed tackle that any one of us could have made (just needed to make some form of contact since he was in the air), they’re going to be playing the first home Super Bowl in history.

    The Vikings defense might still be underrated in how good they are even with all of the hype they’re getting, and Bradford’s injury was a blessing in disguise (I don’t see Bradford taking them this far).

    I’m sorry to my fellow Packers fans, but we’re in chase mode now. The NFC north sadly belongs to the Vikings, but this might be a blessing in disguise for us too, now that Capers and Thompson are gone. The Vikings should be better next year with Cook back, but it should be fun race to watch next year. Congrats to the Vikings on your upcoming Super Bowl win (make sure to buy the NFL season collection DVD sets and the playoff run set when they’re available, I still watch the Packers 2010 Super Bowl run on occasion since we’re not getting back there for a long time).

  10. In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 15, 2018 at 5:01 pm
    I would have preferred a nice, comfortable win for the sake of my blood pressure, sanity, and family relations, but this kind of a win may have been just the thing to get the Vikings ready for next week. They made a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes in the second half and it will be easy to get their attention when it comes to correcting those mistakes. If everything had gone smoothly, you don’t feel the need to work as hard to improve. The nice thing about this team is they bounce back after a bad performance and don’t repeat the same mistakes, so they should be better prepared for Philadelphia than they otherwise could have been.
    —————

    I don’t know what the outcome will be, but all of that is delusional thinking. It was a great win and the most exciting ending of the season. You guys will be tough. But you’re also going to be in for a rude awakening with 70,000 bleeding green fans and 30 degree weather. Neither team should fool itself into thinking they are favored. This will be a brawl.

  11. Keenum was throwing a lot of 50/50 balls there. The Vikings were very lucky to come out with a win.

    Disagree. Throws MOST of them to where only his guys can catch them.

    Only saw ONE besides the interception that was truly risky. One he threw up to Rudolph that he should not have. But that’s what separates him from say Bridgewater. Bridgewater either checks down to a 1 yard pass or rolls right and throws it out of bounds. Keenum moves, shifts, ducks and throws it somewhere there is a CHANCE for a play

  12. Keenum had 1 interception, while Drew had 2, and people are putting blame on him? Yeah, he threw 1 bad pick but also made the game winning throw. But on 4th&10 I wonder why Zim didn’t call a time out to talk over with the defense. Also, clock management in the end should only be couple seconds left to kick the winning field goal and game over. But they left too much time for Drew. Regardless of what happened Vikings came out with the W. Hopefully Zim learn from it and not let it happen again.

  13. codylaws says:
    January 15, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    But on 4th&10 I wonder why Zim didn’t call a time out to talk over with the defense.
    _________

    Because he knew he might need that time out for a game-winning drive. And he did.

  14. vikings should start bradford. he’s got the best arm on the team and gives the vikings the best chance of winning. yesterday’s game probably wouldn’t have been so close if bradford had played the whole game

  15. eaglesmancave says:
    January 15, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 15, 2018 at 5:01 pm
    I would have preferred a nice, comfortable win for the sake of my blood pressure, sanity, and family relations, but this kind of a win may have been just the thing to get the Vikings ready for next week. They made a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes in the second half and it will be easy to get their attention when it comes to correcting those mistakes. If everything had gone smoothly, you don’t feel the need to work as hard to improve. The nice thing about this team is they bounce back after a bad performance and don’t repeat the same mistakes, so they should be better prepared for Philadelphia than they otherwise could have been.
    —————

    I don’t know what the outcome will be, but all of that is delusional thinking. It was a great win and the most exciting ending of the season. You guys will be tough. But you’re also going to be in for a rude awakening with 70,000 bleeding green fans and 30 degree weather. Neither team should fool itself into thinking they are favored. This will be a brawl.
    _________

    I’m not sure what part you think is delusional thinking. All I said was that it might help to have made the mistakes in this game so you can correct them before you make them in the next game. Sounds like we both agree that it will be a tough game and there’s no clear favorite.

    As for the atmosphere, the Vikings played in front of 70,000 bleeding green fans and 10 degree weather just a few weeks ago in Green Bay. The Packers aren’t nearly as good as the Eagles, but playing on the road doesn’t bother this team. Also, most of these guys played in the playoff game against Seattle two years ago when the game-time temperature was -6 with a wind chill of -25. The early forecast for next Sunday is a high of 53 degrees, so don’t count on cold weather to win this game.

  16. eaglesmancave says:

    I don’t know what the outcome will be, but all of that is delusional thinking. It was a great win and the most exciting ending of the season. You guys will be tough. But you’re also going to be in for a rude awakening with 70,000 bleeding green fans and 30 degree weather. Neither team should fool itself into thinking they are favored. This will be a brawl.
    ##########

    I don’t know who’s going to win either and I expect a hard fought game from both sides too.

    However, we’re very used to playing in front of 70,000 bleeding green fans in much colder than 30 degree weather.

    I remember the last time we played in cold weather in Philly – that was against Nick Foles too…

    The Vikings were 4 – 9 -1 going into that game. The Eagles were 8 – 6.

    Matt Cassel had 2 TD passes and a rushing TD, Matt Asiata scored 3 rushing TD’s and Blair Walsh kicked 2 FG’s to defeat the Nick Foles led Eagles 48 – 30.

    Yes, I remember the Eagles beat us last year in October.

    My point is, the number of green blooded fans and some relatively mild seasonal weather isn’t going to be an issue.

    It’s how the players perform and the game plans that the coaches devise that will have an impact.

  17. That game is a gift for Zimmer, because now he can preach about the dangers of not finishing and the players WILL listen and understand.

  18. Based on the play of this weekend, both the Vikings and Eagles look like teams that would be wiped off the field by the Pats, or Jags for that matter (and yes, that feels weird to say).

    Too many screwy decisions and missteps and too little inability to put the other team away.

    Good, solid teams, but it’s going to take something more special than that.

  19. Saint fan here, congrats on your win. It was a hard fought game and your guys came up on top. I pretty sure that the players on each team respect each other. The fan vitriol is what keeps the days prior to kickoff interesting. One last word: please quit your wining about the 2009 game. Focus on the future. There is only one team that I love to hate and that’s the Failcons. I will pull for you guys going forward. Would love to see the Patriots beat you in your own dome. BAM!

  20. The biggest mistakes were the INT of Keenum’s back foot and the new long snapper failing to block the interior rusher on the punt block. Both set up the Saints on a short field, leaving the D vulnerable. I don’t really hold the D accountable for those two drives. However, that last Saints drive to take the lead on that FG is a drive where you’d think a #1 D could more effectively rush the passer and/or stop the Saints short of FG range. Then again, the Saints are a top 5 offense with a HOF QB — sometimes you have to give the other team credit too.

  21. bassplucker says:
    January 15, 2018 at 4:57 pm
    He’s not wrong. The Saints offense badly outexecuted and outcoached Zim’s D in the 2nd half. As well as, the Vikings offense leaving too much time for Brees at the end.
    **************************************************
    This is why Shurmer isn’t going to be a Great HC, his pathetic “Safe play calling” in the 2nd half nearly lost the game. Instead of keeping the pedal down he had the team playing so conservatively they could hardly get out of their own way. Horrible game management.

  22. Teddy guarantees Jrenum won’t throw the same type of interception and he wonders why some fans call his post delusional

  23. bassplucker says:
    January 15, 2018 at 4:57 pm
    The Saints offense badly outexecuted and outcoached Zim’s D in the 2nd half. As well as, the Vikings offense leaving too much time for Brees at the end.
    )))))))))))))))))))))))
    You and Zim were talking about 2 different things. Why did the Saints do better in the second half. Well Thomas took out one of the Vikings safety’s with a cheapshot to the head. Harris came in and he plays deeper than Sendejo does. Also he couldn’t use Harrison Smith the same way witth Sendejo gone.As far as leaving too much time for Brees two things. One they kicked on 4th down. And with out the extra time they don’t have the 10 seconds to hit Diggs.
    Also on the blocked punt the Saints grabbed the center and threw him into the guy that was supposed to block Johnson 90 giving him room to go in and block the punt.
    And if they call the PI on Lattimore mugging Thielen on the sidelines they are not punting to begin with.

  24. Eagles mancave should learn how to look at a weather forecast: 55 degrees 20 % chance of rain is not 30. But they will still look for snowballs to throw no doubt. Foles will not hold up in this game. Viles will brong it home

  25. viking fan for about 48 years or so, joe kapp days of 1969 etc. one thing i have always loved about a belichik coached team…don’t ever take your foot off the gas. vikings would do well to follow that on sunday. yeah i get it, if you’re up 50-17 with a minute left, don’t throw 50 yard bombs. but if you’re up 17-0 or 24-0, keep your foot on the gas. it’s the other teams defenses job to stop YOU, not for you to make it easy on them. that 17-0 lead against the saints got frittered away pretty damn quick.

  26. I agree with the comment on Shurmur’s conservative play calling. How many times on 1st down did they run the ball at Remmer and Reif in the 2nd half.Play action on 2nd down and then throwing with 3&6 followed with a punt. I think that play calling it made it more difficult on Case.

  27. As a Vikes fan, I think the Vikings did choke – they blew a 17-0 lead and were out scored 24-12 in the second half of a game in which they had complete control and it was the Vikings’ own mistakes that allowed it. Only a miracle finish allowed the Vikings to move on to Philly. The coaches and players need to eliminate the mistakes – make the opponent beat you, don’t help them do it.

  28. That was amazing. I cant believe it. I cant believe they didnt call all those pick routes we ran, time after time, that got our receivers open. And then when Diggs grabs the defenders arm, takes a dive and pulls him down and we get defensive PI called. And if that wasnt enough, after we blew a 17 point lead, a rookie misses a routine tackle and we’re on to the NFC championship game. Its definitely better to be lucky than good. SKOL Vikings!!! Im so excited.

  29. He is right. That game never should have been close. Being up 17-0 to start the 2nd half, it should have been a 2 score win at least. The missed FG by Forbath, the blocked punt, the INT, Keenum taking a sack to push them out of FG range.

    Those are mistakes that the Vikings don’t make often. The Aints took advantage of that, but the Vikes found a way to win like good teams do.

  30. Zimmer should start with himself and the 4th and 10 with over a minute left. Knowing that a first down puts the Saints in FG position, you have to send an all-out blitz. Instead he sat back and let Brees pick ’em apart for the first down. The miracle at the end bailed him out.

  31. Good teams overcome mistakes and mistakes are going to happen with a QB that’s willing to extend plays and take some chances. In that regard, Keenum is a bit like “Favre Lite.” He doesn’t have Favre’s arm but he also doesn’t take a bunch of ridiculous chances like Favre did. He’s also still relatively “young” as a starting QB and he may or may not have reached his ceiling at this point.

    As far as execution, the Vikings dominated for a while, then the Saints dominated for a while. After that, both teams got down to business and traded field goals back and forth. The Vikings had the ball last and did what they needed to do. Neither team was dominated or out-coached consistently. Both teams were deserving of a win and neither team should be too upset about the loss (if that’s possible).

    From what I saw, if they play that game a dozen times, they come out 6-6.

  32. If the Saints had a safety who remembered the fundamentals of tackling, keep your head up, eyes open and wrap up, they would have lost.

  33. Great to see Zimmer focus on this. The Vikings took their foot off the gas and were very fortunate to come away with the win.

    The biggest concern (at least for me) was how the Saint DL shut dowm the Viking OL in the second half. The Eagles have a better DL than the Saints and if the Vikings can’t run or pass-block any better than they did yesterday, they won’t win on Sunday. They have much to do to get prepped for this game; let the fans celebrate that amazing finish. Hopefully the team will work hard enough to make it count for more than a divisional playoff victory.

  34. leatherface2012 says:
    January 15, 2018 at 6:38 pm
    i have always loved about a belichik coached team…don’t ever take your foot off the gas. vikings would do well to follow that on sunday. yeah i get it, if you’re up 50-17 with a minute left, don’t throw 50 yard bombs.
    ————–

    I agree, I remember watching a game last year, where a team was up 28-3 with 6 minutes left in the third quarter. It ended up pretty badly for the team that was up 28-3.

  35. Would rather see McKinnon get more carries than Murray. He’s a better back and is harder to tackle.

  36. There’s been a lot of real good points brought up here. One thing I will say, is Vikings and eagles, are very evenly matched teams right now. Different story if wentz was playing. But he’s not. Just like no Dalvin Cook for us. Vikings can’t make mistakes like they did against the saints. At home, you have a little extra help to recover from some mistakes. Away, you make mistakes like that and your season is over.

    If the Vikings would have played that second half, like they did the first half, we would have dominated, and I’d feel very confident about this weekend. But, seeing how badly we played and mistakes made, eagles could be up on us 21-0 in a hurry.

    We gotta bring our best if we want to be playing Feb 4!

  37. Vikings were so fortunate – 17 point lead, at home, miracle finish/boneheaded defensive play – to win this game there’s very little chance they can go on the road, against a MUCH better all-around team, in a pressure-packed spot, and pull-off another victory. History has proven, in all sports, that it usually doesn’t happen. The Eagles defense will stop the run (best at it in the league) and force Keenum to float some more ducks, which he won’t get away with this time.

  38. This will be the best defensive battle of the playoffs…2 really evenly matched teams…we are 4th in takeaways this year and our D-line will chase Keenum all game.Whoever makes the least mistakes wins. Both teams are capable of beating the pats despite what the “Experts” say.

  39. I think we can all learn something, from Sunday’s game, and I am NOT talking about the Vikings game.
    The Pittsburg Steelers made a huge (season ending) mistake, by looking past Jacksonville, believing that it would be them playing in Gillette Stadium, and not the Jags.
    Well, as we all know….the Jags had something to say about that.
    We should NOT be Pittsburg, this week. Philadelphia will be tough at home….that is not a welcoming environment for visiting teams. Focus on the Eagles!

  40. I was surprised the Saints line held up that well. The Vikings weren’t getting to Brees without blitzing and you have pick your spots blitzing him. Zimmer will be blitzing Foles stepping off of the bus.

  41. As much as I hate to say it as a Packers fan, the Vikings are winning the Super Bowl this year. After the divine intervention of the missed tackle that any one of us could have made (just needed to make some form of contact since he was in the air), they’re going to be playing the first home Super Bowl in history.
    I’m sorry to my fellow Packers fans, but we’re in chase mode now. The NFC north sadly belongs to the Vikings. Congrats to the Vikings on your upcoming Super Bowl win (make sure to buy the NFL season collection DVD sets and the playoff run set when they’re available, I still watch the Packers 2010 Super Bowl run on occasion since we’re not getting back there for a long time).
    ——
    Almost believed you were an actual packer fan for a minute….but your last line says differently. No self respecting Packer fan would say that. Not sure why you Viking fans feel the need to pretend.

  42. I was worried about Brees and the Saints all week. You just can’t count them out until the clocks at zero. We lucked out and got a gift this time. It’s been a long time coming for us diehard fans of the purple and gold and I hope we can finally seal the deal for once.

  43. Yikes magical season ends this sunday…they were destroyed last year in philla after startin 5-0…Foles has to have a disasterous game 4 da queens to win.. no chance.. Eagles 31 Yikes 13

  44. Remember, NO called a defensive time out just prior to final play, told the db/all defenders exactly how to play this, overloaded the rookie with the importance of no pi and don’t push player ob. DB simply waited until late to get on the sideline side of Diggs, panic set in and he tried to get there late which explains him trying to hit the sideline side of #14 and not just tacking through the back. I think rookie was overloaded with information, technique became secondary.

  45. First off, Eagles can’t TOUCH the Vikings.

    Second, Vike fans can stop their incessant bellyaching about “Bountygate”. Nobody outside of…well…YOU cares. The Vikes were defeated by a very physical defense. You lost your moral high ground with your full throated defense of Barr.

    Third, you’re not long suffering fans. Your guys have had their shots – and blew them. The Vikes aren’t jinxed. They lost.

    Fourth, regarding hit on Sendjo. See #2.

    Now, your guys need to go out and produce. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Packers fan who isn’t shy about admiring what the Vikes have done this year. Good job. Deserving team. They win a Super Bowl for my Viking fan friends, I’ll be happy for them. Viking fans that I know are fun and fantastic people. I’d be haapy to see them happy.

  46. “Just like knocking out Keenum might have helped if they had succeeded. Three separate players tried that on at least two separate occasions.”

    I watched the whole game and didn’t see that happen even once. The game looked clean.

  47. Almighty Cabbage, thanks for a thoughtful, respectful post from a Packer fan. I know you guys are upset that AR got injured, but it may be a blessing in disguise because you got your wish about cleaning house in the front office. Sometimes a step back is really a step forward. With new management in place, you’ll get a retooled team and it’ll be ‘game on’ next year.

    As to last night, I thought after the first half, it was going to be a blow out. Especially getting the ball back to start the 3rd quarter. Then it got dicey. After NO went ahead, I thought, “Here we go again.” Now I know how you guys feel when AR pulls one out of his back-side and wins the game — elated. I don’t know what’ll happen going forward, but that made up for decades of crushed hopes. Maybe you guys can understand why Viking fans get amped up at the start of the season. It’s because there’s been so much pent-up disappointment over the years. You guys got spoiled with Favre and Rodgers. We just needed a few crumbs.

  48. styro1 says:
    January 15, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    If the Saints had a safety who remembered the fundamentals of tackling, keep your head up, eyes open and wrap up, they would have lost.
    )))))))))))))
    Not necessarily I think the Vikings might have had a FG try for the win.

  49. pkrlvr says:
    January 15, 2018 at 8:54 pm
    As much as I hate to say it as a Packers fan, the Vikings are winning the Super Bowl this year. After the divine intervention of the missed tackle that any one of us could have made (just needed to make some form of contact since he was in the air), they’re going to be playing the first home Super Bowl in history.
    I’m sorry to my fellow Packers fans, but we’re in chase mode now. The NFC north sadly belongs to the Vikings. Congrats to the Vikings on your upcoming Super Bowl win (make sure to buy the NFL season collection DVD sets and the playoff run set when they’re available, I still watch the Packers 2010 Super Bowl run on occasion since we’re not getting back there for a long time).
    ——
    Almost believed you were an actual packer fan for a minute….but your last line says differently. No self respecting Packer fan would say that. Not sure why you Viking fans feel the need to pretend.

    —————————————————————————————–

    So, this guy thinks the Vikings have already won the Super Bowl. I hope the Vikings players think that, too, so they blow another chance to get there, just like they almost did on Sunday.
    Goooo Eagles!!!!

  50. pkrlvr says:
    January 15, 2018 at 8:54 pm
    Almost believed you were an actual packer fan for a minute….but your last line says differently. No self respecting Packer fan would say that. Not sure why you Viking fans feel the need to pretend

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    That was amazing. I cant believe it. I cant believe they didnt call all those pick routes we ran, time after time, that got our receivers open. And then when Diggs grabs the defenders arm, takes a dive and pulls him down and we get defensive PI called. And if that wasnt enough, after we blew a 17 point lead, a rookie misses a routine tackle and we’re on to the NFC championship game. Its definitely better to be lucky than good. SKOL Vikings!!! Im so excited

    ////////////////////////
    No self respecting Viking fan would say that. Not sure why you Packer fans feel the need to pretend.

    Both sides have their trolls.

  51. eaglesmancave says:

    January 15, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 15, 2018 at 5:01 pm
    I would have preferred a nice, comfortable win for the sake of my blood pressure, sanity, and family relations, but this kind of a win may have been just the thing to get the Vikings ready for next week. They made a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes in the second half and it will be easy to get their attention when it comes to correcting those mistakes. If everything had gone smoothly, you don’t feel the need to work as hard to improve. The nice thing about this team is they bounce back after a bad performance and don’t repeat the same mistakes, so they should be better prepared for Philadelphia than they otherwise could have been.
    —————

    I don’t know what the outcome will be, but all of that is delusional thinking. It was a great win and the most exciting ending of the season. You guys will be tough. But you’re also going to be in for a rude awakening with 70,000 bleeding green fans and 30 degree weather. Neither team should fool itself into thinking they are favored. This will be a brawl.

    ————–

    No Joke. It should be a brawl. I would think MN should be favored thou.

    I would take Case Keenum over Foles as my QB, the MN defense is better to. I’d say The rest of the team is a wash. The Eagles might have a slightly better offensive line.

    This game will be won in the trenches.

  52. Coach Payton had what was coming to him. Such a coach of bad character. Karma paid it’s respect. I heard on the news when he thought victory was his he was mocking the Vikings fans and the Skol chant, and after the game a few Vikings fans told him good game from the stands and he said the “f” word three times to them.

    You’ve seen him lose his cool, do the chock sign during games. The guy is of bad character if you ask me. Is he even that great of a coach? I Think Brees is an amazing QB.

  53. @vikesfan4life has kept it real! EVERY team runs pick plays, especially in the red zone. The Vikings ran pick plays ALL day and never got flagged for them once. A lot of you Vikings fans here need to quit promoting fake news! Sandejo was NOT blindsided and no one took cheap shots at Keenum; why do you think they picked up the flag on the Sandejo hit? The Vikings didn’t get complacent in the second half, it’s called adjustments. The Vikings didn’t really need to adjust their game plan because their’s was working. The Saints had to make adjustments on both sides of the ball. Quit whining and be happy with the win.

  54. nothingbuttthetruth says:

    Vikings were so fortunate – 17 point lead, at home, miracle finish/boneheaded defensive play – to win this game there’s very little chance they can go on the road, against a MUCH better all-around team, in a pressure-packed spot, and pull-off another victory. History has proven, in all sports, that it usually doesn’t happen. The Eagles defense will stop the run (best at it in the league) and force Keenum to float some more ducks, which he won’t get away with this time.
    #########

    The actual truth…

    The Vikings gave up an average of 3.7 yards per carry last season. The Eagle 3.8. The league leader was Denver, not Philly, with 3.3.

    The league leader in yards per pass was MN with 6 yards. The Eagles has a 6.5 yard average.

    As to throwing “ducks” – Foles only completed 56% of his 101 passes this season with 2 INT’s. Keenum completed 68% of his 481 passes with only 7 INT’s.

    Nothing but the truth…. 😀

  55. Vikings needed a bogus PI on Crawley, a terrible non 1st down that was called a 1st down on the Murray run, and a Miracle catch by Diggs to beat us in their own building. Good Luck when y’all have to go on the road and play a game. Hopefully it’s a different officiating crew for the title game…..

  56. I saw Tom Brady throw an interception recently, although I don’t recall which game. It was such a stupid throw I did a double-take to make sure it was Brady that threw it. He walked off the field, pissed at himself. Brady back out, made good plays and won the game…just like Keenum did.

  57. Everyone talks of the blocked punt and ignore what led to it: “…(6:35) (Shotgun) 7-C.Keenum pass short left to 14-S.Diggs pushed ob at NO 45 for 11 yards (43-M.Williams). PENALTY on MIN-82-K.Rudolph, Illegal Block Above the Waist, 10 yards, enforced at MIN 44…”
    Without that penalty the Vikings have a first down and maybe score again. Instead, a complete shift of momentum and field position…

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