Stefon Diggs’ miracle last-second touchdown Sunday in the NFC divisional playoffs made the Vikings winners and the Saints losers. A similar dynamic applied to lots of people in Las Vegas. Let’s count the ways.
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Underdog New Orleans was one desperation play away from an outright victory. It was plus-180 (i.e., 9:5 odds) on the closing money line, per the Vegas Insider consensus. Diggs’ 61-yard catch and run aided by a Saints defensive mistake shredded that ticket.
Despite inconsistency and limitations for the running game, Pederson stuck with it for 32 carries, one more than the number of Foles drop-backs. They didn’t have Foles Clinton McDonald Authentic Jersey force things to Alshon Jeffery until their top wide receiver got open for a big play to set up a huge field goal before halftime. They mixed it up with backs in the passing game, and with a wide receiver, Nelson Agholor, in the running game.
Freeman, 29, was the 17th overall pick by the Buccaneers in the 2009 NFL Draft. The former Kansas State signal-caller struggled as a rookie, but had a promising second season. He threw for 3,451 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions while leading the Bucs to a 10-6 record. While he threw for 3,592 yards in 2011, his touchdowns decreased to 16 while his number of interceptions skyrocketed to 22. The 6-6, 240-pound Kansas City native eclipsed 4,000 passing yards in 2013, throwing a career-high 27 touchdowns with 17 picks.
After a disappointing start to the 2013 season, Freeman was benched in favor of Mike Glennon. The Bucs tried to trade Freeman, but had no takers and ultimately released him in early October. He was signed by the Vikings and started a single game, throwing for 190 yards and an interception on 20-of-53 passing.
He was released following the 2013 season and claimed by the Giants, who released him a month after signing him. Freeman was without a team during the 2014 season and remained unsigned until the the Dolphins signed him in April 2015. Miami released him prior to the start of the season, but the Colts inked him late in the year after an injury to starter Andrew Luck. Freeman started one game, going 15 of 28 for 149 yards with a touchdown and interception in a 30-24 win over the Titans Jan. 3, 2016.