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Vikings vs Saints - GMG In The Raw Wildcard Edition!

Ted, Drew and Dave from Good Morning Gjallarhorn and Christopher Gates from the Daily Norseman rejoice in the Vikings victory over the Saints on an overtime thriller.

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Vikings vs Saints… Good morning Horners! Your Minnesota Vikings were victorious over the New Orleans Saints down at the Mercedes Benz Super Dome Sunday afternoon and it was glorious! If you missed the live GMG ITR broadcast, it is here. Join Ted, Drew, Dave and special guest from the Daily Norseman, Mr. Christopher Gates. After getting a little lubed up during the game, the guys go over the keys to the win. It was fun, and we all need a little more of that, especially on a Monday. LOL.

Mike Zimmer planned a brilliant game. His out of the box thinking of moving Danielle Hunter and Everyone Griffen into the interior rushing spots was spot on. That move generated much quicker pressure on Drew Brees and put him off of his ‘normal’ game. The rest of the defense, especially some of the veterans like Xavier Rhodes, Anthony Barr, Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris were playing at the tops of their games. Yeah baby! It was very much needed and appreciated.

Kevin Stefanski play calling, though worrisome at times, seemed to be working to set up plays that would happen later. Dalvin Cook had an awesome first half causing the Saints to respect his ability which then opened up the room outs and play action. It was in that second phase, and especially in overtime, that it payed off. Stefon Diggs was angry early not getting anything thrown his way [he was double covered], but then made some key catches in the second half. But with Diggsy being covered, that left Adam Thielen more open to do what he does. Other than his early fumble, Thielen looked back to full form and it paid off. Boy, did it ever pay off, when in OT Kirk Cousins launches the most import pass of his career. It was a 40 yarder to Thielen at the 3 yard line. Three plays later he then again Kyle Rudolph on a fade in the corner of the end zone to win the game. The Vikings’ ‘Go Get It’ image with Rudy snagging a ball couldn’t have been more prophetic if it had tried.

Wild Card Round - Minnesota Vikings v New Orleans Saints
Danielle Hunter got a critical strip sack late of Drew Brees in the game to help take the will from the Saints and leading off to a Vikings playoff victory.
Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

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