NFL Saints v Vikings Saints Vikings
Quarterback Kirk Cousins took a big step toward erasing his reputation as an inadequate big-game player Sunday, leading the Vikings to a 26-20 overtime win over the Saints in the wild-card round.
Cousins made two huge passes in overtime — a 43-yard throw to wide receiver Adam Thielen to get down to the goal-line and a 4-yard fade to tight end Kyle Rudolph for the walk-off touchdown.
Those completions polished a 19-for-31, 242-yard day through the air. Running back Dalvin Cook scored twice on the ground, helping the Vikings advance to a divisional round matchup with the 49ers.
MORE: Kirk Cousins has chance at a future-altering win against the Saints
The Saints forced overtime with a last-second field goal, but that drive left many scratching their heads. Head coach Sean Payton used two timeouts on the previous two series, leaving New Orleans with one for the final possession of regulation.
He didn't use it, so even though Saints quarterback Drew Brees got them into field-goal range with ease, there was little hope of winning the game with a touchdown.
Neither Brees (26-for-33 passing, 208 yards, touchdown, interce[......]