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MINNEAPOLIS — In September 2014, after offensive lineman Mike Remmers was cut by the Vikings, his father figured it was time to have a talk. Remmers, who was undrafted in 2012 out of Oregon State, had managed to get into just one NFL regular-season game at that time. He had been cut six times, including three times by Minnesota.
PHILADELPHIA—Riding the team bus to a game in Philadelphia a decade ago, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman expected to encounter some hostility when he got to Lincoln Financial Field. It arrived as soon as the bus pulled up to the stadium. "We were on the bus and all you heard was, 'splat, splat, splat,' " Newman, now with the Vikings, said Thursday. "You looked out the windows and there was a bunch of egg shells and egg yolk on the bus. You didn't know what it was at first but then you're like, 'Wow, the fans are egging our bus.' It was kind of weird."
MINNEAPOLIS — Would cornerback Terence Newman call it a career if the Vikings win the Super Bowl? Not necessarily. Newman, the second-oldest defensive player in the NFL at 39, talked last spring about coming back for a 15th season with the goal of winning a Super Bowl. The Vikings will reach the big game if they win at Philadelphia in Sunday's NFC championship. "Let's just say hypothetically speaking that I was able to (win a Super Bowl), then why not try to get two?'' Newman said Thursday, Jan. 18. "You can look at it at both sides.''
MINNEAPOLIS — How crazy has it been since the miraculous reception last Sunday, Jan. 14, by Stefon Diggs? His high school coach, Bob Milloy, had reporters from three television stations camped out on his driveway the next day in suburban Washington D.C., seeking interviews. Milloy fired off a text to Diggs, the Vikings receiver who hauled in Case Keenum's 61-yard touchdown pass on the final play for a 29-24 win over New Orleans in an NFC divisional playoff.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Mike Zimmer said Wednesday that Andrew Sendejo remains in the concussion protocol, but the Vikings coach sounded optimistic about the safety's availability for Sunday's NFC championship game at Philadelphia. "He'll be fine," Zimmer said Jan. 17. Sendejo suffered a concussion when he banged helmets with New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas late in the third quarter of last Sunday's 29-24 win over the Saints in a divisional playoff game. He was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
MINNEAPOLIS — Roger Staubach visited the Twin Cities several years ago and wasn't treated kindly. It was Staubach who threw the (in)famous Hail Mary 50-yard touchdown pass to Drew Pearson in the waning seconds on Dec. 28, 1975, enabling the Dallas Cowboys to defeat the Vikings 17-14 in an NFC divisional playoff game at Metropolitan Stadium. "I went up to speak at a luncheon and I got booed," Staubach said.
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings coach Mike Zimmer didn't see the final play of the miraculous victory on Sunday, Jan. 14. He already was in his office celebrating. The Vikings beat New Orleans 29-24 in a divisional playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium when Case Keenum completed a 61-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs as the clock ticked down to 0:00. After fans spilled onto the field and interviews were well underway, officials had the teams line up for the extra point, as required by league rules, and Keenum took the snap and then took a knee.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Many Vikings players stayed up until the wee hours of Monday morning watching replays of Sunday's miraculous playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints. So, what was on tap the day after the big game? Watching game film at Winter Park, of course. The Vikings defeated New Orleans 29-24 on Sunday, Jan. 14, stunning everyone with Case Keenum's 61-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs as time expired. The divisional-round victory at U.S. Bank Stadium moves Minnesota into the NFC championship game at Philadelphia on Sunday, Jan. 21.
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford is back on the 53-man roster. The Vikings on Saturday, Jan. 13, activated off injured reserve Bradford, who hasn't played since Oct. 9 because of a knee injury, and placed tight end Kyle Carter on waivers.
MINNEAPOLIS — In the 1987 playoffs, Vikings star tight end Steve Jordan caught a touchdown pass at New Orleans. Jordan on Sunday will attend another Minnesota postseason game against the Saints, but he won't be rooting for the Vikings. Jordan's son, Cameron Jordan, is an All-Pro defensive end for New Orleans. At least his father figures it would be best not to wear any Saints gear at U.S. Bank Stadium.