The Vikings scored two touchdowns in the second half of their season opener against the New Orleans Saints, but it was not enough to lift them into the postseason.
After a first-half fumble by Saints defensive tackle Anthony Barr, Vikings receiver Jared Cook returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
But the play was not a touchdown, but an interception by Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux.
After the Vikings returned the kickoff, the Saints returned it again for a score, but that was only the beginning of the Saints problems.
Brett Rypien threw a pair of interceptions to give the Saints the lead with 13 seconds left in the third quarter.
However, the Vikings responded quickly with a touchdown on a fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line from linebacker Xavier Rhodes.
The Saints would go on to score on the next play to take a 28-23 lead.
Afterward, Rams defensive end Charles Woodson said that he did not see any signs of the turnovers, but was surprised that Breaux was able to complete his interception on the ensuing kickoff.
After the Saints missed another field goal attempt, Breaux and Rams cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie got into an exchange on the Saints’ next possession, but the Vikings scored on a 6-yard touchdown run from Breaux to put the Saints up 35-34 with 5:14 remaining in the first half.
Breaux had one of his touchdowns on the drive, but Breaux also had another interception.
On the next drive, Breault returned an interception for a 21-yard TD to give Minnesota a 35-32 lead.
The Saints continued to struggle on offense as well, as they lost wide receiver Lance Moore to a season-ending injury on a kickoff return.
The Vikings would score the final two points of the game to take the lead for good at 28-24 with 2:58 left in overtime.
The Vikings have now won seven of their last eight games against the Saints, and are currently 10-0 overall.