With 10 seconds remaining in the game and the Vikings trailing the Saints by one with the ball at the Minnesota 39, the Vikings needed a miracle.
It’s safe to assume that in this time of desperation, some Minnesota fans prayed for the home team to find a way to escape defeat. Whether it was God, a great play call, an unfortunate error by Saints safety Marcus Williams or some combination of all three, the miracle was delivered and the Vikings won the game on a 61-yard walk-off touchdown pass from Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs.
On Sunday, the Vikings will play in their first NFC Championship since 2010. However, before the game gets underway at 6:40 p.m. EST, Minnesota’s Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church asks that all the fans who prayed for the Vikings miracle score to show up to mass.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 16, 2018
“If you made any promises during the last ten seconds, Sunday masses are at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.,” the image from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church reads.
It seems fair to ask people who prayed for a divine intervention to decide the outcome of a football game to show up to service the next week. Especially considering the game-winning play was named “Seven Heaven.”
The name of the play the Vikings scored the game-winning TD on?
"Seven Heaven." pic.twitter.com/iuHAJCnqYu
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 15, 2018
If you are a Vikings fan who believes your prayer might have made a difference in the game, you should probably make sure to get to some type of church service before the NFC Championship starts. It would be a bit hard to pray for another season-saving play if you don’t at least show up and say thank you for the first one.
SOURCE: Sports Illustrated – Khadrice Rollins