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Saints rookie safety Marcus Williams had a heart-breaking reaction after losing to the Vikings

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Last night's NFC Divisional playoff game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints will live long in the memory of any football fan. 

Heading into the post-season, Minnesota were second in the NFC, earning themselves a bye and home advantage against New Orleans. 

They were also favourites to win Sunday's game and the first half went exactly as planned for head coach Mike Zimmer. 

The Vikings scored two touchdowns, along with a field goal to take a 17-0 lead into halftime, also marking it the first time New Orleans had been shut out in a first half since Week 4 of the 2014 season.

But the second half was far from comfortable for the hosts. The Saints hit back in the third, with a touchdown, an interception and another touchdown in consecutive drives. 

For both scores, Drew Brees was able to find Michael Thomas in the end zone, making to 17-14 in the fourth quarter.

The Vikings struggled to get anything going, managing only a field goal on their next drive before Brees threw to Alvin Kamara to give the Saints a lead for the first time in the game, 21-20, with three minutes left.

Another field goal put the Vikings back in front but with 25 seconds left on the clock, the Saints converted one of their own. 


With the score 24-23, it looked as if the shock was on. But on third down, on their own 39, with 10 seconds left, Keenum found Stefon Diggs on the sideline and he caught the ball before running into the endzone to complete a 61-yard touchdown. 

It instantly became known as the "Minnesota Miracle" and the last second play caused pandemonium in the stands, with celebrations going long into the night as the Vikings reached their first conference championship since 2009. 

But not everyone was celebrating. For Saints rookie safety Marcus Williams, that play may be the worst of his career. 

Divisional Round - New Orleans Saints v Minnesota Vikings

It was Williams who missed the tackle that allowed Diggs a free run to score. All the safety had to do was stop him inbounds and the clock would have run out. But he didn't. 

And while the Vikings were celebrating a historic victory, spare a thought for Williams, whose reaction to that final play was heart-breaking. 

According to NFL Network's Alex Flanagan, the rookie was visibly distraught after the game. She wrote on Twitter:

"Saints Rookie safety Marcus Williams fell to his knees on his way to locker room after his missed tackle cost saints the game and then inside the locker cried with his head in his hands." 

For such a young player, that moment will no doubt stay with him for the rest of his career. Of course, he's not to blame for the Saints loss on Sunday and has been one of their standout players all season. 

But it just goes to show, there are two sides to every sporting "miracle" and if you're not on the right side of it, you won't ever forget it for all the wrong reasons.  

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