From: Cedar Rapids, IA
I could have made some money on this one in Vegas. Really, how was the 6 seed favored over the 1 seed on a cold field in the 1 seed's stadium? Just silliness.
ATL easily could have won the game.
Toss out that fluke would-be interception for a catch would take 3 points away from PHI, and ATL would have been scoring a FG at the end there. That's one wierd bounce from it being an ATL win.
I keep coming back to this one fluke play. I am still of the opinion that this weird sure-fire INT turned 1st down completion was the difference in PHI vs. ATL. Some may point to the final incompletion to Jones, but they wouldn't have needed a TD there if PHI 3 less points from not scoring that FG right before half-time.
If the ATL DB makes that INT, MIN would have hosted ATL for the NFCCG. It's possible that the Vikings may have still suffered a big letdown, but I think they would have been much more competitive playing at home against ATL, a team they beat earlier in the season. If they'd won that, I think they would have given NE a good game, possibly even gotten to win.
I will forever remember that one fluke play, and wonder what if the ATL DB had caught it instead. Maybe, just maybe, MIN would have won their first SB. Instead, PHI gets their first SB and Vikings fans are left wondering what if and looking ahead to next season...
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