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Sideline camera catches the moment Minnesota Vikings beat New Orleans Saints with last play

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The Sunday night NFC divisional playoff game between Minnesota and New Orleans will live long in the memory of any Vikings fan.

A place in the conference championship against Philadelphia was on the line after the Eagles beat Atlanta earlier that day.

And for the Vikings, an almost flawless first half performance put them 17-0 up against the Saints, in touching distance of a first NFC championship game since 2009.

Their defense also became the first to shut out Drew Bress and co in the first half of a game since 2014, while quarterback Case Keenum had the chains moving on offense. 

But despite dominating the first half, the Saints came out for the second fired up, and almost completed one of the most memorable post-season comebacks in recent history. 

Three consecutive plays in the third quarter saw the Saints score a touchdown, catch an interception and then score another touchdown, making the score 17-14. 

And the Vikings could only respond with a field goal before New Orleans scored a third touchdown, giving them a 21-20 lead with three minutes left. 

The score swung again, as Minnesota converted another field goal, but on the next drive, the Saints kicked one of their own, making it 24-23 with 25 seconds left. 

Divisional Round - New Orleans Saints v Minnesota Vikings

And that's when the "Minnesota Miracle" happened. 

With the clock running down, the Vikings had to get from their own 25 to the end zone with only one timeout remaining. 

After a false start penalty, Keenum found Stefon Diggs for a first down, taking them to their own 39. Two incomplete passes followed the Vikings final timeout, but what happened next will never be forgotten by anyone who was watching. 

Divisional Round - New Orleans Saints v Minnesota Vikings

On third down, with 10 seconds left, Keenum threw to Diggs on the sideline. All the Saints had to do was stop him in or out of bounds and the game was over.

But rookie safety Marcus Williams missed his tackle, wiping out another teammate in the process, giving Diggs an open run to the end zone. 

He didn't need a second invitation, sprinting unchallenged up the field to score a 61-yard touchdown. 

Divisional Round - New Orleans Saints v Minnesota Vikings

What followed can, unsurprisingly, only be described as wild celebrations as Vikings players and staff swamped Diggs, driving him out of the end zone and down a tunnel at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Luckily, a sideline camera caught the moment that immediately followed the last second, game-winning touchdown and it sums up why we love football.  

Check it out below. 

The dramatic win means the Vikings now advance to the NFC conference championship against the Eagles. 

And if they win that, they'll be back at their home stadium to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 4. 

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