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Monday Open Thread: January 15, 2018

I’m used to those endings, I’m just not used to being on the winning end of them

Divisional Round - New Orleans Saints v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Happy “post-win that put the good guys in the NFC Championship Game” Monday, everyone!

First, let me say, SKOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!! Stefon Diggs, what a catch & run. I”m guessing 80% of us were yelling at him to get out of bounds.........and then we see no one between him & the goal line. No flags, he didn’t step out of bounds, game over. Awesome to see Diggs crossing the goal line, it couldn’t have been done by a better person.

Well, I can’t say that’s the first time the Vikes have had a crazy finish to a big game, but this is the first one in quite a while that resulted in the good guys on the winning end. The Miracle at the Met comes to mind, but that was in 1980, and 1980 was quite a while ago. It seems like since then, they’ve found ways to lose in dramatic, and demoralizing fashion ‘88, ‘99’, and 2010 are all embedded in our memories, (‘75 too, but I was only one & don’t know if I watched it). It feels a lot better when they win. I hope they’re starting a new tradition by winning these, losing those dramatic finishes tends to sting a while.

I’ll touch on this more in the comments, but I’m still disappointed that the team gave up the commanding lead they’d built in the first half. I’m not sure exactly what the causes are, but hopefully the coaches know how it happened so they can try to avoid it again. The offense sputtered in the second half......badly. They put the D in some bad situations (as did special teams), and the D was getting gassed by the end. I’m glad it turned out how it did, but the ulcers and heart attack weren’t really necessary.

This may be brief, I’ll fill more in when I get time.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Ted brought us the Stock Market Report: Divisional Round.

Wludford talks about the Minneapolis Miracle.

Chris shared four different calls of that big game-winner.

Chris has your post-game wrap-up.

The Timberwolves and MN Wild fans react to the Vikes’ victory.

Ted drops the Stock Market Report.

Vikings news from other sources and news from around the league:

Over at Vikings.com, watch Coach Zimmer’s post-game locker room speech, also see Coach Zimmer’s post-game presser, catch all the game’s highlights, and there’s lots more to look through in the media vault.

CBS Sports has a recap of the divisional round.

We come to today’s media selection.

I love playing this one, our tradition after a Vikings win.

Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:

-No discussion of politics or religion

-No feeding of the trolls

-This isn’t a male version of The View, so leave the gender hatred at the door

-Keep the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)

-Speaking of which, if discussing a newer show or movie, please use spoiler tags

-No pictures that could get someone fired or in serious trouble with their employer

-If you can’t disagree in a civil manner, feel free to go away

-While navigating the open thread, just assume it’s sarcasm

With that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up & tie one on. Don’t forget to tip your waitress, & try the head cheese