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Vikings Pull Off Last Second Miracle; Top Saints 29-24 on Final Play Keenum to Diggs TD

The most amazing play in Vikings history took place Sunday as the Vikings will advance to the NFC Title game as they topped the Saints 29-24 in the craziest fashion.

Here’s the game winner – as Case Keenum hit Stefon Diggs with a 61-yard touchdown, a play that will live forever as one of the most wild plays in Minnesota history.

Here’s the crazy radio call of the winning touchdown:

Saints at Vikings NFL Divisional Playoff Inactives

Saints: WR Brandon Coleman, RB Jonathan Williams,C Cameron Tom, TE John Phillips, OT Bryce Harris , DE Al-Quadin Muhammad, DEKasim Edebali

Vikings: QB Teddy Bridgewater, DE Tashawn Bower, RB Mack Brown, WR Stacy Coley, C Cornelius Edison, G Danny Isidora, QB Kyle Sloter

Video: CBS Sports Picks the Winner for the NFC Divisional Game Between the Saints and Vikings

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Vikings Cornerback Tramaine Brock Cleared Following NFL Investigation

Vikings cornerback Tramaine Brock has been cleared after an NFL investigation involving the league’s personal conduct policy, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Brock had been arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence in April, which led to his release by the San Francisco 49ers a day later. Charges were filed in June but dropped in August because of insufficient evidence.

Vikings OC Pat Shurmur Chatting with Bears About Head Coaching Job

Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is interviewing for the Bears’ coaching job, the Associated Press reports.

Shurmur could be a strong candidate considering the Vikings have an effective offense despite early losses of quarterback Sam Bradford and running back Dalvin Cook on the way to the NFC North championship.

The Bears are looking to get the most out of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Shurmur helped journeyman Case Keenum emerge as one of the league’s top quarterbacks after Bradford went down.

Shurmur was 9-23 as the Cleveland Browns’ coach from 2011-12. He returned for a second stint as Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator from 2013-15. He joined the Vikings as tight ends coach in 2016. He served as interim offensive coordinator for the final nine games that year following the resignation of Norv Turner and took over the job in 2017.

The Bears were meeting with Shurmur in Minnesota on Friday, one day after interviewing Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards. Chicago also interviewed defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on Wednesday at team headquarters.

Vikings Won’t Use Franchise Tag This Offseason on QB Case Keenum

The Vikings are unlikely to use the franchise tag on contract-year quarterback Case Keenum according to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Or on Sam Bradford, who is coming off another serious knee injury and is also in his contract year. Teddy Bridgewater still has one year left on his rookie contract. There is no doubt that the Vikings would like to bring Keenum back next season barring a catastrophic meltdown during the playoffs but there is no way GM Rick Spielman, who hasn’t used the franchise tag at all since 2011, is going to use it on a historically journeyman quarterback who is not guaranteed to be next season’s starter. The going rate for franchise-tag QBs next offseason is

Wherever Keenum ends up playing in 2018, he has earned himself considerably more than the $2 million salary he is playing on for the 2017 season. Keenum bet on himself with a one-year deal and won- bigly. And he has shown himself capable of being far more than a steady backup as long as he is in the right system. For the season Keenum is second-overall in completion percentage and may very possibly take the Vikings all the way to the Super Bowl.

Vikings vs Packers Wednesday Injury Report

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (Minnesota did not conduct a practice on Tuesday. The Tuesday practice report is an estimation.)
Practice Report
  Tuesday CB Tramaine Brock (foot), T Riley Reiff (ankle), S Andrew Sendejo (ankle), WR Jarius Wright (foot)
  Wednesday CB Tramaine Brock (foot)
  Tuesday CB Mackensie Alexander (rib), C Pat Elflein (shoulder), LB Ben Gedeon (ankle), T Mike Remmers (back), TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle)
  Wednesday CB Mackensie Alexander (rib), C Pat Elflein (shoulder), T Riley Reiff (ankle), T Mike Remmers (back), TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle), S Andrew Sendejo (ankle), WR Jarius Wright (foot)
  Tuesday LB Emmanuel Lamur (foot), RB Jerick McKinnon (shoulder), DT Shamar Stephen (shoulder)
  Wednesday LB Ben Gedeon (ankle), LB Emmanuel Lamur (foot), RB Jerick McKinnon (shoulder), DT Shamar Stephen (shoulder)
GREEN BAY PACKERS (Green Bay did not conduct a practice on Tuesday. The Tuesday practice report is an estimation.)
Practice Report
  Tuesday WR Davante Adams (concussion), G Jahri Evans (knee), LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), LB Nick Perry (ankle, shoulder)
  Wednesday WR Davante Adams (concussion), G Jahri Evans (knee), LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), LB Nick Perry (ankle, shoulder)
  Tuesday LB Vince Biegel (groin), LB Ahmad Brooks (back), DT Quinton Dial (chest, knee), CB Demetri Goodson (hamstring), CB Davon House (shoulder, back)
  Wednesday LB Vince Biegel (groin), LB Ahmad Brooks (back), DT Quinton Dial (chest, knee), CB Demetri Goodson (hamstring), CB Davon House (shoulder, back)
  Tuesday G Lucas Patrick (hand), LB Jake Ryan (knee)
  Wednesday G Lucas Patrick (hand), LB Jake Ryan (knee)

Five Must-Know Facts For Every Minnesota Vikings Fan

Since their founding days back in 1961, the Minnesota Vikings have developed quite a tradition. Nowadays, it is up to their loyal fans to try and uphold this tradition, while at the same time maintaining an open mind for new additions.

Still, there is a difference between one Minnesota Vikings fan to the next. There is rarely anyone who wouldn’t be able to tell you the name of their fight song, but not as many would be able to identify some the foreign parts inside it. The most dedicated fans go beyond resenting their archenemies, the Green Bay Packers, and are prepared to answer quite specific inquiries at all times.

Who is Norm Van Brocklin?

Every loyal Minnesota Vikings fan is obliged to know all about the early beginnings of their team, and there is rarely anything more important than the first coach. Norm Van Brocklin, aside from being the first man to take charge of the Vikings in 1961, was also a quarterback at the time. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles and brought them to victory over the Green Bay Packers in the previous season, which only made the guy more popular among the team fans.

Live & Breathe & Bleed Purple

Every Vikings fan is supposed to know, respect and use the color purple as much as possible. While there is no written rule, you would be surprised to know that there are fans that go as far as to paint their houses in honor of their teams, so it is likely they should expect NetBet sport to start offering Vikings’ odds with the same font color.

What’s So Special about the US Bank Stadium?

There isn’t a Vikings fan who isn’t glowing with pride over their newest team treasure – the new state-of-the-art team stadium. This construction ended all the troubles known to the Vikings during their years at the MetroDome. The Bank Stadium’s clear roof and one-of-a-kind structure can withhold any weather conditions, and even allows some influence of the elements to be felt, in order to give the viewers and the players a feeling of playing in the open.

Skol, Vikings!

For those fans who aren’t so keen on meteorology, there is plenty of etymology left to discuss in the short, but feisty fight song of the Vikings. The word “skol” means “cheers” in several languages of the Scandinavian region, mainly used to honor the inspiration for the team name. Most fans will cheer during the game, but only the most loyal ones care enough to learn the meanings of the words.

How to Accessorize Like a True Minnesota Vikings Fan?

Most fans will be able to tell you what the most important stylish accessories of the Vikings’ fanbase are – their horns. Sundays are reserved for the horned Minnesotans making their way to the stadium, and there is no way you can prove to be faithful to your team if you haven’t once walked the streets to the game proud of your head gear.

Vikings at Browns (in London) Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
Wednesday QB Sam Bradford (knee), T Riley Reiff (knee), G Jeremiah Sirles (knee), DE Stephen Weatherly (knee)
Wednesday CB Mackensie Alexander (hip), CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring), WR Stefon Diggs (groin, ankle), G Nick Easton (calf), WR Michael Floyd (hamstring), QB Case Keenum (chest)
Wednesday WR Laquon Treadwell (toe)
Practice Report
Wednesday DT Trevon Coley (neck), DE Myles Garrett (concussion), CB Jason McCourty (ankle), DT Larry Ogunjobi (groin), S Jabrill Peppers (toe)
Wednesday WR Kenny Britt (knee, groin), LB James Burgess (knee), LB Jamie Collins (shoulder), CB Jamar Taylor (ribs)
Wednesday WR Sammie Coates (hamstring)

Sounds Like NT Linval Joseph Could Be Next for An Extension From the Vikings

With defensive end Everson Griffen and cornerback Xavier Rhodes having recently signed lucrative contract extensions, the next Vikings player to get one could be nose tackle Linval Joseph, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports.

Minnesota has stars all over the place on defense, but safety Harrison Smith said Wednesday it all begins with Joseph.

“I’ve said ever since he’s been here, that’s where I would start a defense,’’ Smith said at training camp at Minnesota State Mankato. “You have to take two guys to block him on every play.’’

The Vikings had five defenders in the Pro Bowl last season in Joseph, Griffen, Rhodes, Smith and linebacker Anthony Barr, and have been looking to get all of them locked up to long-term deals. Smith signed a big contract extension last year and Barr is also a candidate to get one, although indications are the Vikings are most likely to wait on him until next year.

Negotiations are ongoing with Joseph, who has two years left on his contract. Joseph, who signed a five-year, $31.25 million deal with the Vikings as a free agent in 2014, is on the books for base salaries of $6.15 million in 2017 and $5.15 million in 2018.

“Whatever happens, happens,’’ Joseph said. “If it’s time, it’s time (to get an extension). If not, I’m going to keep grinding.’’

Joseph’s camp is looking for an extension the vicinity of the four-year, $57.9 million deal Griffen got, although that might be tough for a guy who doesn’t put up gaudy sack totals. There are six defensive tackles in the NFL making an average of $14 million or more per season.