MINNEAPOLIS — There wasn’t much left for Case Keenum to do but to fling the ball deep and hope for a miracle. Miracle answered. Keenum completed a last-ditch heave near the sideline Sunday on the game’s final play, and Stefon Diggs slithered away for a 61-yard touchdown to give Minnesota a 29-24 victory over New Orleans and send the Vikings to the NFC championship game, with one more win needed to become a first-time Super Bowl host. Drew Brees had driven the Saints in
7:30 p.m. today at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. TV: NBC (Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth).Radio: WBIZ (100.7-FM, 98.7-FM, 1400-AM, Packers broadcast), WMEQ (106.3-FM, 880-AM, Vikings broadcast). Line: Vikings by 9. Over/under: 41. Record against spread: Vikings 10-4, Packers 7-7. Series record: Packers lead 60-51-2. Lastmeeting: Vikings beat Packers 23-10 on Oct. 15. Last week: Vikings beat Bengals 34-7; Packers lost to Panthers 31-24. AP Pro32 ranking:Vikings No. 3, Packers No. 18.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings and their loud crowd overwhelmed the Cincinnati Bengals from start to finish, when they put on NFC North champions hats to celebrate the first major milestone of this season with the hope of several more to come. From coaches to players to fans, everyone in purple was able to enjoy a postseason tuneup. Eric Kendricks had an interception return for a touchdown , Case Keenum passed for 236 yards and two scores, and the Vikings clinched the
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton delivered the body blow and Jonathan Stewart provided the knockout punch for Carolina. Newton’s 62-yard run set up Stewart’s 1-yard touchdown leap — his third TD run of the day — with 1:47 remaining to lift the Panthers to a 31-24 victory Sunday, snapping the Minnesota Vikings’ eight-game win streak. Stewart accounted for 103 of Carolina’s 216 yards rushing — including a 60-yard touchdown burst in the first
Noon today at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. TV: CBS (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo). Radio: WMEQ (106.3-FM, 880-AM). Line: Vikings by 2½. Over/under: 40½. Record against spread: Minnesota 9-4, Carolina 8-4. Series record: Vikings lead 8-5. Last meeting: Vikings beat Panthers 22-10 on Sept. 25, 2016. Last week: Vikings beat Falcons 14-9; Panthers lost to Saints 31-21. AP Pro32 rankings: Vikings No. 2, Panthers No. 8. Vikings offense (NFL rankings): Overall 5, rush 6, pass
ATLANTA — The Vikings frustrated Matt Ryan, blanketed Julio Jones and kept the Atlanta Falcons out of the end zone. Minnesota’s eighth straight victory was all about defense. Case Keenum threw a pair of touchdown passes, including the go-ahead score on the first play of the fourth quarter, but the guys on the other side of the line were largely responsible for the Vikings extending their winning streak to eight in a row Sunday with a grind-it-out, 14-9 victory over the Falcons.
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons recovered from a disappointing 2015, when they started 5-0 only to finish 8-8, to make it to the Super Bowl last season. One year later, the Minnesota Vikings are trying to follow the same script. The Vikings also had an 8-8 finish following a 5-0 start in 2016. Now, they have the NFC’s second-best record. The Vikings will put their seven-game winning streak on the line today when they face the Falcons, who have won three straight. “I think we