2019 at New Orleans Saints, NFC Wildcard Game. Vikings win 26-20.
- Date: January 5th, 2020
- Point Spread: Saints -7.5
This is why the previous disclaimer about “emotional upsets” was foreshadowed. From an aspect of importance, this was the most influential, big upset by the Vikings since 2000.
The 2019 Minnesota Vikings bungled chances down the stretch of the season to secure home-field advantage and hence booked themselves a date with the Saints in the Superdome for the Wildcard Round of the playoffs.
Pundits almost unanimously wrote the Vikings chances off prior to the contest–seemingly forgetful that Minnesota tends to have a sterling record on artificial turf and in domed stadiums as a whole.
Tailback Dalvin Cook got involved early in the match-up by scoring twice, Danielle Hunter executed a timely strip-sack on Drew Brees, and Kirk Cousins delivered the two most momentous passes of his career.
New Orleans was heartbroken for the third consecutive year in the playoffs. The Vikings would cave to the San Francisco 49ers one week later in the Divisional Round playoff game.