By Peter Carline for MailOnline
Published: 01:14 GMT, 6 January 2020 | Updated: 01:14 GMT, 6 January 2020
They didn't need a miracle this time. The Minnesota Vikings travelled to New Orleans and beat the Saints 26-20. In overtime.
But it wasn't a walk-off. Kirk Cousins set up the winning drive with a 43-yard bomb on the opening possession of overtime to Adam Thielen and finished it by connecting with tight end Kyle Rudolph with a four-yard fade.
The Vikings went wild. The Saints fans couldn't leave the Superdome quickly enough. All-Pro linebacker Eric Kendricks waved them farewell as they did so.
Kirk Cousins claimed a first playoff victory in one of the NFL's toughest places to win
Tight end Kyle Rudolph reels in the game-winning touchdown to send the Vikings to Valhalla
Vikings team-mates mob Cousins after his throw to Kyle Rudolph in overtime
Vikings (6) @ 49ers (1), Saturday 9.35pm (UK time)
Titans (6) @ Ravens (1), Sunday 1.15am
Texans (4) @ Chiefs (2), Sunday 20.05pm
Seahawks (5) @ Packers (2), Sunday 23.40pm
Dalvin Cook returned from a chest injury to give the offense the spark it so lacked in week 16 against Green Bay. Cook gained 130 yards from scrimmage and scored two touchdowns.
And then there was Cousins. The Vikings invested in the quarterback to win games such as these. Apart from victory against a suspect Dallas this season, he had not beaten a winning team. But after finishing with 242 yards and one touchdown passing, Cousins sealed a statement, possibly career-affirming win in one of the NFL's most unforgiving arenas.
'Well, we'll go one week at a time, but the Saints are the real deal,' the 31-year-old said. 'This is a really tough environment.
'It was a team win. We ran the ball, we played good defense. To hold that offense to 20 points is a great job. Special teams gave us great field