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Vikings QB calls miraculous touchdown pass only third-best moment of his life. Here's what tops it.

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum explains why his game-winning touchdown pass against the New Orleans Saints was only the "third-best moment" of his life. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

The heart-pounding NFC divisional playoff game Sunday night between the Minnesota Vikings and the visiting New Orleans Saints will be remembered for a long time.

The Saints came all the way back from a 17-point deficit to take a 21-20 lead with three minutes left. The Vikings stormed back with a 53-yard field goal with 1:29 remaining to retake the lead, 23-21. Then the Saints answered that by marching down the gridiron and getting their own field goal, a 43-yarder, to grab back the lead, 24-23. Time left on the clock? Just 29 seconds.

After taking the field for the final time, the Vikings offense faced a third and 10 from their own 39-yard line with just seconds remaining and no time outs. ESPN's win-probability model gave them only a 2.6 percent chance to win.

Then they pulled off what they're already calling the Minnesota Miracle.

Quarterback Case Keenum fired a long sideline pass toward Stefon Diggs, who came down with the desperate throw. And after a Saints player missed the tackle, there was no one between Diggs and the end zone — and he romped right in as time expired.

The Vikings advanced to play the Philadelphia Eagles in next week's NFC Championship.

After the game, an understandably thrilled Keenum told an interviewer that the miraculous win "probably will go down as the third-best moment of my life."

And what topped his squad's stunning victory?

"Giving my life to Jesus Christ and marrying my wife," Keenum said as the ecstatic hometown crowd roared all around him.

Oh, and the name of the play that finally won the game for the Vikings?

It's known as "Seven Heaven."

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