New Orleans Saints: Saints drop NFC Wild Card game to Vikings in OT

Another year. Another heartbreaking loss for the New Orleans Saints.

After a season in which they finished 13-3 and No. 3 in the NCF Conference, the Saints’ season came to a disappointing loss in a 26-20 overtime loss to the No. 6 Minnesota Vikings, Sunday afternoon, inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Following a 37-yard touchdown reception by Alvin Kamara, the Saints held a 10-3 lead early in the first half but allowed two scores in the final three minutes of the second quarter. Minnesota took control in the third quarter, leading by 10 points into the fourth, but the Saints had every chance to win this game, especially thanks to the heroics of Taysom Hill.

Hill gave the Saints a much-needed spark, whether it was as a blocker, pass-catcher, runner out of the quarterback spot, or throwing the ball. Early in the fourth, Brees found Hill for a touchdown to cut the Vikings’ lead to 20-17.

Hill was the Saints’ leading rusher with 50 yards and Kamara was held to 21 yards rushing on seven carries.

Late in the period, Brees fumbled with the Saints in field goal range, but New Orleans defense got him the ball back. In the final two minutes, wideout, Jared Cook, made his way ahead for a first down into field-goal range. Wil Lutz, who missed a 43-yard attempt at the end of the first half, came on with seven seconds left and hit a 49-yard field goal to tie it.

In overtime, the Saints allowed Kirk Cousins and the Vikings to drive the ball 75 yards in nine plays and end the game. Two plays later, Cousins hit tight-end, Kyle Rudolph, for a four-yard touchdown over Saints’ Safety, Marcus Williams.

Following the loss, the Saints head into the offseason with contract work ahead on key personnel, including Brees, who turns 41 on Jan. 15, and Kamara, who could opt to hold out for an extension as he enters the final season of his rookie deal.

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