Minnesota came back with just 10 seconds left on the clock to defeat New Orleans in the NFL’s first-ever postseason walk-off victory.
The winning pass was hurled by Vikings QB Case Keenum.
Here’s the play…
After the game, Keenum said this moment was only the third best of his life. The top two spots are reserved for Jesus Christ and his wife.
“It’s probably the third best day of my life; the day I gave my life to Jesus Christ, the day I married my wife, and probably this one.” Vikings QB Case Keenum on FOX #NFLPlayoffs #vikings #NOvsMIN #JOXRT @JOXRoundtable pic.twitter.com/rlu9BFhIBt
— Jim Dunaway (@jimdunaway) January 15, 2018
“It’s probably the third best day of my life; the day I gave my life to Jesus Christ, the day I married my wife, and probably this one.”
More on Keenum, per Daily Wire:
Keenum’s story is a great one; prior to leading the Vikings to the NFC Championship game, which they haven’t won in 41 years, he played in college at Houston, where he set the NCAA record for total passing yards, touchdowns, and completions.
Then he hit the skids in the pros. Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Texans, Keenum spent the entire 2012 regular season on the practice squad. In 2013, Keenum was placed on the Texans’ 53-man roster as a third string quarterback behind starter Matt Schaub and second-string quarterback T. J. Yates. He went 0–8 as a starter for the Texans in 2013. In August 2014, Keenum was waived by the Texans and claimed off waivers the next day by the St. Louis Rams, then waived by the Rams on October 28, 2014.
On December 15, 2014, Keenum was signed off the Rams practice squad back to the Houston Texans. In March 2015, Keenum was acquired by the Rams again from the Texans. He suffered a concussion in the 11th game of the season but did not come out of the game; he then led the Rams to three consecutive victories. In 2016’ after leading the team to three straight wins, he was eventually replaced by Jared Goff.
Before this season began, Keenum signed with the Vikings, taking over as the starter in Week 2 and leading the team to a 13-3 regular season record.
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“Well, Case Keenum,” three-time Super Bowl champ Troy Aikman said on the Fox broadcast, “this is what you’ve been living for.”
Keenum drove his team down the field for the go-ahead field goal, then was right back in the same situation after Brees did the same. The Vikings had 25 seconds and one timeout to play with from their own 25, and Keenum followed up a false-start penalty with a 19-yard pass that at least gave Minnesota a shot at a miracle.
“I just threw it,” Keenum said. He threw it as if he had drawn it up in his backyard dirt.
Doesn’t get much more awesome than that!
The Vikings will take on the Philadelphia Eagles next weekend. The winner of that game heads to Super Bowl 52.