MINNEAPOLIS — Sean Payton in his postgame news conference hopped onto the dais and began to relive the nightmare ending his New Orleans Saints had just endured — only to be zapped by a television monitor to his left that kept showing the Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs game-ending dagger over and over and over …So while talking, Payton kept occasionally looking left and then back at reporters and then left again.Cheap Sports Jerseys.It was a rubber-necking moment that fit when a season was ripped and your entire franchise’s emotions were cracked and smattered across the floor.“This will take a little time to get over,” Payton, the Saints head coach, said.At least he could speak.Discount Jerseys.That was more than Saints rookie safety Marcus Williams could initially do. He whiffed on the tackle that sprung Diggs free. His eyes were red and his heart was heavy. Finally, he later managed, “It was my fault. I will learn from this.”The Vikings took a practical approach to it all.Custom Jerseys.Their 29-24 victory — ignited by Keenum to Diggs for 61 yards in a staggering pass play that began with 10 seconds left and finished with the clock at zero — vaulted them into the NFC Championship game on next Sunday at Philadelphia. On this Sunday in U.S. Bank Stadium, the Vikings (14-3) appreciated and understood the moment.
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