No miracle, just mistakes: Saints beat Vikings 30-20

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New Orleans was on the verge of making the NFC title game a year ago when Case Keenum hooked up with Stefon Diggs on a miracle touchdown as time expired, with Minnesota advancing 29-24. "But for some reason, that time I was in traffic and was trying to split them and use my speed rather than just tucking the ball and being safe with it".

"We're a really good football team, but you can't make mistakes in this league and win, especially on critical situations when you have the ball in the red zone", Thielen said.

"I love that they stuck to that plan", Cousins said.

The Saints (6-1) only scored three points the rest of the way, but were effective in eating the clock, and as it wound down, so did the Vikings' chances. "I don't think he cares about down and distance". The Saints dismissed that as fast as Diggs raced to the end zone that day.

After Sunday's game, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins recounted what he told Thielen after his latest lost fumble.

"A guy like him who has seen everything, he sees everything anyway, but he's seen so many different looks that he can kind of decipher things quickly on the move", Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer said of Brees. I will never put any one of those things on one player ever.

After beating the Vikings in the 2009 NFC Championship Game - in overtime, naturally - Brees led the Saints to their only Super Bowl victory, three years after he was let go by San Diego in the wake of a catastrophic shoulder injury - a dislocation, torn rotator cuff and torn labrum that threatened to end his career just as it was beginning to flourish.

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When we are in control we have no problems, when the opponent is in control I think the team has problems. We created lots of chances and in the end we have the goal that give us important points.

"We talk about there's 22 guys on the field for 150 plays in the game. The team that makes the least amount of mistakes wins, but no one person loses the game". "I'm encouraged after the last four weeks". Dalvin Cook (hamstring), Anthony Barr (hamstring), Tom Compton (knee) and Andrew Sendejo (groin) are ruled out for Sunday, while Riley Reiff (foot) is doubtful. Stefon Diggs, who had his own standout game with 10 catches for 119 yards and a score, stopped a drag route too soon while an under-pressure Kirk Cousins tried to dump the ball off but had it intercepted by P.J. Williams for a 45-yard touchdown return.

-WR Adam Thielen continued his historic start in Sunday's game.

Since 2009, the Patriots are 13-2 straight-up during home games in November and as far as recent trends go, the OddsShark NFL Database notes the Patriots are 11-0 SU and 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 home games, with an average winning margin of 14.82 points.

"He's made quite a name for himself", Vikings running back Latavius Murray said. Griffen had one tackle.

Matthew Coller and former National Football League quarterback Sage Rosenfels break down some of the mistakes that the Vikings made in their loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Case Keenum threw a pass to Diggs along the right sideline that he he leaped to catch at the New Orleans 34.

The total has gone OVER in seven of the Packers' last eight night games, so it's not hard to imagine Rodgers going touchdown for touchdown with Brady.

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