Miracle 61-yard touchdown pass launches the Minnesota Vikings to 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints

A 61-yard final play touchdown has launched the NFL's Minnesota Vikings into the NFC Championship game after a 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints.

A 17-point Vikings lead obliterated in the second-half as Drew Brees and the Saints offence cast aside the best defence on the NFL.

Off the back of their powerful running game, the Saints turned around an embarrassing first half performance in which Brees was intercepted twice and only threw for 118 total yards.

New Orleans took the lead twice in the final quarter, the second time with less than 30 seconds on the clock … which seemingly clinched a stunning comeback win.

However Minnesota had one desperate drive left in them.

Having to get to the Saints 40-yard line to reach field goal range - quarterback Case Keenum couldn't connect on a few desperate passes…that is until the final play of the game.

With 10 seconds remaining the 27-year-old launched a bomb from his own 40, which was plucked out of the air by Stefon Diggs, who raced away from scrambling defenders to send the Vikings fans into rapture.

Minnesota now heads to Philadelphia to play the resilient Eagles.

But even though the Carson Wentz-less Eagles handled Atlanta well enough on Sunday (NZT), the Vikings will present an entirely different level of challenge against a side with the opportunity to play the Superbowl at home next month.

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