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Filtered by the Fan: Which Play Was the Biggest Against the Saints?

Kyle Rudolph's game-winning touchdown catch

The Vikings had scrapped and clawed for 60-plus minutes, and now the game hung in the balance on the Saints 4-yard line. Kirk Cousins took the snap, recognized the all-out blitz and lofted a pass in the far left corner of the end zone for one of his favorite targets. It was there that No. 82 in all Purple used his basketball skills to go up and haul in the overtime win over New Orleans. Teammates mobbed the veteran tight end as the Superdome fell silent. The image of the 6-foot-6 Rudolph leaping up to catch the ball over 6-foot Saints cornerback P.J. Williams and secure a Vikings win now resides as one of the most iconic in franchise history.

Adam Thielen's 43-yard overtime reception

Of course, Rudolph's play isn't possible without the Vikings being near the goal line, and it was Thielen who helped make that happen. The Vikings had the ball at the New Orleans 45 when Thielen worked up the field on Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson, and gained a yard or two of separation around the 20-yard line. Cousins' pass floated into Thielen's hands just inside the 5-yard line before he was touched down at the 2. Thielen calmly flipped the ball to the ref, capping his day at seven catches for 129 yards, none bigger than his final reception.

Danielle Hunter's fourth-quarter forced fumble

The Vikings were clinging to a 3-point lead with just over four minutes left when the Saints had the ball at the Vikings 20-yard line. The Pro Bowl defensive end put his stamp on the game, sidestepping right tackle Ryan Ramczyk and forcing the ball out of Brees' right hand at the 30. The fumble was recovered by defensive tackle Jalyn Holmes, giving the Vikings a chance to milk more than two minutes off the clock. With the Saints getting a field goal with just two seconds left, Hunter's turnover helped eliminate a scoring chance for New Orleans. He finished the day with 1.5 total sacks.

Anthony Harris' first-half interception

Minnesota trail 10-6 in the waning minutes of the first half before Harris struck, just as he has so many times this season. The man who tied for the league lead with six picks in the regular season tracked a deep pass by Brees and came down with it at the Vikings 25, eventually returning it 30 yards to the Saints 45. The Vikings offense took advantage of the takeaway as Dalvin Cook scored on a 5-yard rush with 23 seconds left. Instead of going into half with a deficit, Minnesota suddenly had a 13-10 lead.

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