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Diggs, Thielen Hopeful to Play Saturday vs. 49ers

EAGAN, Minn. — One of the NFL's top receiving duos had an eventful week, but don't count them out for Saturday's playoff game.

Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs both reiterated Thursday that are doing everything they can to be good to go against the 49ers in the Divisional round.

"Even if was 30 percent, I'd be out there," Diggs said. "It's football and it's that time of the year. Nothing is going to be perfect, and a lot of guys have bumps and bruises. I won't let a little flu keep me from the game."

Thielen, who is listed as questionable on the final injury report, said he's "just preparing to play in the game.

"For me, it's just like anything – you do what you have to do every day to be there on Saturday and try to help this team win," Thielen added.

Diggs missed practice on Tuesday and Wednesday with an illness. He returned for Thursday's session.

"I had the flu. I'm back, though," Diggs said. "I'm good.

"I had to take advantage of my time. If I wasn't going to be out there physically, I had to brush up on what we're doing and executing on the little things," Diggs added. "This morning I came in and got some extra work in, just as far as making up for lost time."

Thielen practiced Tuesday but was limited Wednesday with an ankle injury. He did not practice Thursday.

"I got tangled up," Thielen said. "And what happened, happened.

"It is what it is. At that point, it's just trying to figure out how to get out there on Saturday," Thielen added. "That's my mindset – do whatever it takes to get out there Saturday and try to help this team win."

Both players made an impact in Minnesota's Wild Card win over the Saints.

Thielen led the Vikings with seven catches for 129 yards, and punctuated his performance with a 43-yard catch in overtime that helped set up the game-winning score.


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Diggs had two catches for 19 yards, but both came on third downs to move the chains. His final catch went for 10 yards on third-and-1 early in overtime.

The Vikings will go against a 49ers defense that ranked second against the pass at 281.8 yards per game in the regular season.

"All around, they're a great defense and they've been playing some great football all year," Diggs said. "They're active … got some great edge rushers, great linebackers, great DBs. It will be another challenge for us and we're excited."

Added Thielen: "They're long, they're physical, and they fly around. And they kind of have that mindset of their coaches – they're nasty, they're tough, and they're ready to play on Sundays, or Saturdays, in this case. It'll be a good challenge, but at this point in the playoffs, that's what you're going to get, and you better be focused, and you better be determined, and you better be ready to go."