Of the four teams left in the running today for a Super Bowl berth, the most deserving fans have to be those of the Minnesota Vikings.

After all they’ve gone through over the years, with an embarrassing loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl IV to the infamous Hail Mary pass to even more agonizing missed field goals in recent playoffs, it was heartwarming to see the Vikings have something finally go their way thanks to a newly-adorned patron New Orleans Saint doing his perfect tackling impression of Deion Sanders.

To be honest, I was looking forward to watching two former Austin Westlake High School quarterbacks — the Saints’ Drew Brees and the Eagles’ Nick Foles — go at it for the NFC Championship.

But then Hail Mary II changed all that, with Stefon Diggs hauling in Case Keenum’s spiral at the Saints’ 34-yard-line, then keeping his balance and racing into the end zone with the unthinkable 61-yard game-winner as time expired.

Afterwards Diggs revealed the rehearsed play as “seven heaven.”

“We’ve been practicing all these situations through OTA’s and training camp and even during the season,” Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer said after the stunning 29-24 divisional round win. “We actually practice that one every week, and you know, Diggs made a great play, great catch. Case made a great throw.

“I’ve tried to put these guys in all these different situations throughout the course of the year, and luckily it paid off.”

In other words, a prayer was miraculously answered from up above.

All of a sudden Keenum, one of many Houston Texans rejects at quarterback, becomes an instant hero and just about everyone is onboard the Vikings bandwagon.

It may take a whole rosary of Hail Mary’s this time around, but hopefully divine intervention will resurrect Zimmer & Co. to victory again.

Seven heaven forbid anybody but the E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles.

Manuel Moreno Jr.: mmjtenicon@aol.com

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