Most years, a 13-3 record is enough to secure a first-round bye. But the 13-3 Saints are in action in the first weekend of the 2020 NFL playoffs , having lost the tiebreaker with two other three-loss NFC teams.
New Orleans’ opponent in the wild-card round is 10-6 Minnesota, which earned the No. 6 seed out of the NFC North. The game is a postseason rematch of the wild divisional round matchup two years ago, which ended with Minnesota wide receiver Stefon Diggs scoring a touchdown on the game’s final play.
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Both teams have top-10 scoring offenses, but they get there with different approaches. The Saints’ third-ranked attack is powered by 265.2 passing yards per game, while the Vikings’ eighth-ranked unit relies on 133.3 yards per game on the ground.
Defensively, the Vikings have a slight advantage, allowing 18.9 points per game compared to New Orleans’ 21.3.
Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from the NFC wild-card game between the Saints and Vikings. Follow along below.
Saints vs. Vikings live score
Saints vs. Vikings live updates, highlights
2:48 p.m.: New Orleans begins the second half on offense.
Halftime: Vikings 13, Saints 10
2:32 p.m.: MISSED FIELD GOAL, Saints. Rather inexcusable from the Vikings, but they don’t pay the price. Harris returned the kickoff across midfield, then Brees hit Michael Thomas for 20 yards on the first play. Wil Lutz misses wide right from 43 yards, though, on the final play of the half.
2:29 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Vikings. This time, Minnesota punches it in with Cook. Thielen had catches for 19 and 13 yards on that series, which ends with 23 seconds left before halftime. Vikings 13, Saints 10.
2:20 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, Vikings. Brees throws deep into double-coverage, and Anthony Harris snares it. He runs it back into Saints territory just before the two-minute warning.
2:16 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Vikings. The Saints stand tough on the goal line. A third-and-goal toss from the 2 goes backwards about four yards. Saints 10, Vikings 6.
2:10 p.m.: Minnesota is on the verge of answering, thanks to a lot of Dalvin Cook and a couple of clutch third-down passes.
2:07 p.m.: Some discussion among the Vikings secondary after giving up that 50-yard gain.
1:59 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Saints. Alvin Kamara in from 4 yards out. Hill picked up a first down with a run, threw a 50-yard pass and had a lead block on Kamara’s touchdown. New Orleans back in front. Saints 10, Vikings 3.
1:58 p.m: Taysom Hill(!) with a 50-yard pass to Deonte Harris, down to the 4-yard line.
End first quarter: Saints 3, Vikings 3
1:40 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Vikings. Minnesota ties it up. Been rather quiet so far. Vikings 3, Saints 3.
1:35 p.m.: This, eventually, leads to the Vikings stalling.
1:20 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Saints. New Orleans stalls with goal-to-go, but still gets three points. Saints 3, Vikings 0.
1:09 p.m.: FUMBLE, Vikings. Wide receiver Adam Thielen was going to have a first down, but instead cornerback Janoris Jenkins jars the ball loose with his helmet. New Orleans will get good field position.
1:06 p.m.: Minnesota begins with the ball after a touchback.
12:55 p.m.: Inactives for the afternoon:
CB Eli Apple (ankle)
FB Zach Line (knee)
FS D.J. Swearinger
OL Ethan Greenidge
DE Noah Spence
LB Manti Te’o
C Will Clapp
— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) January 5, 2020