7 takeaways from the Vikings playoff win over the Saints

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Of course the Saints blamed the refs

After they were traumatized by a terrible no-call in last season’s NFC Championship, New Orleans and their fans seem to always point the finger at the officials when things don’t go their way.

This was the case again on Sunday after Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph hauled in a pass in the corner of the end zone to win the game for Minnesota in overtime.

Rudolph was being covered by Saints cornerback P.J. Williams on the play and the two were fighting for position as the football hung in the air. After breaking free from Williams’ grasp, the Vikings tight end was able to leap high enough in the air to come down with the catch and keep both of his feet inbounds.

Instead of realizing that this one play was not why they lost, New Orleans players later questioned why there wasn’t a flag thrown for offensive pass interference on the play.

Maybe instead of complaining about a call that wasn’t even close to offensive pass interference, complain about how your defense allowed Minnesota to move the ball 75 yards down the field on their opening drive of overtime?

Sure refs miss calls, but there are way too many plays throughout the course of a game to place the blame for a loss on one sequence that you believe should have turned out differently. The Saints had plenty of opportunities to pull ahead on Sunday and them not coming out with the win had absolutely nothing to do with the officials.