It was 3rd-and-10 at Minnesota's 39-yard line.
As Millie entered U.S. Bank Stadium to watch her first Vikings playoff game and first game in the new stadium, fans treated her like a hometown hero, high-fiving her and taking her picture.
"I believe anything is possible at any moment, as you can see what happened yesterday", Rhodes said. "They count us out all the time". This game was over.
"I personally hit the ground".
Previously a journeyman, Keenum took over for Bradford and had an MVP-quality season.
Forget the four Super Bowl losses.
Now the Vikings have spun an unprecedented scenario in National Football League history.
They'll have to face a defense just as strong if not stronger than the Saints.
Beneath the gruff exterior is a deep affection for his players, an emotion that has caused his voice to crack and his eyes to well up several times over the years in various public discussions of their development or character.
They put them through quite the emotional finish to complete it.
Williams, who had a key interception on a floater to Diggs in the third quarter, arrived a tad early.
When George Johnson blocked Ryan Quigley's punt, the Saints took over at the Vikings 40. That was more than enough time for Brees, the sure-bet Hall of Famer with a Super Bowl ring and all kinds of records. He finished with 318 yards, going 25 for 40, with Diggs catching 137 yards on six catches.
Payton was asked about the gesture at a press conference on Tuesday and said it was directed toward "a group of fans" and was "good playoff fun". "We know how tough this game's going to be for us, and we know that we still have a long ways to go". On the next play, Rhodes gave up a 14-yard touchdown to Thomas, which started New Orleans' comeback from a 17-0 halftime deficit.
The game capped a weekend that for the most part was spectacular for sports books, which won big on Jacksonville's, win over Pittsburgh and also cashed in on Philadelphia's home underdog win over Atlanta. Unfortunately, they lost that year to the Oakland Raiders.