Saints vs. Vikings: Preview, score prediction for Divisional Round

Twelve things we learned from Divisional Round games

When you see a postseason matchup between Case Keenum and Drew Brees, one would think that the Brees-led team would be the No. 2 seed in the NFC. I don't have to be anybody but myself.

"Just a guy that I really admire in how he moves the ball down the field and how he operates, what kind of leader he is", Keenum said.

It's not immediately known if Bradford will sit ahead of Teddy Bridgewater on the depth chart and serve as the backup quarterback behind Case Keenum in Sunday's NFC divisional round playoff game versus the visiting New Orleans Saints.

On the ground, Mark Ingram rushed for 1,089 yards and 12 touchdowns in 217 tries while Alvin Kamara added 684 yards and seven touchdowns in 111 attempts.

The Panthers brought one safety closer to the line of the scrimmage to spy on the running back, and it worked. The Vikings were third best in the NFL converting 43.5 percent of their third downs compared to a Saints defense that ranked 27th in the league by allowing 41.5 percent of third downs to be converted against them. "I've been happy for him knowing the road he's traveled to get to where he is", Brees said. Peat broke his fibula against the Panthers. He also played for Detroit and New Orleans.

"That was something that we felt like in that game was going to give us a chance to win the game, and obviously we didn't play as well as we needed to", Allen said of Minnesota's 29-19 victory fueled by a career-best 143.0 passer rating for Bradford.


Bradford hasn't played in a game since then, and went on injured reserve November 8 after having his third operation on his left knee the day before.

There are only eight teams left with Super Bowl LII aspirations. But Minnesota's bid, combining its new stadium and winter carnival approach to related festivities, won out. The Vikes have whizzed away numerous opportunities not only to win the Super Bowl, but just to qualify for it.

"We've always talked about, 'We want to start the season at Minnesota".

Little big men: Keenum is 6-foot-1.

Vikings fans, anecdotally, are treating the upcoming playoffs in one of two ways: They are bravely touting how good their 13-3 team is, or they are nervous about Minnesota blowing a game in an unexpected, painful way.

A sellout and vocal crowd will be ready to do its part in what will be the Vikings' first divisional home game since 2009.

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