A product of Abilene Wylie high school, Keenum was one of the architects of one of the most historic plays in National Football League playoff history - the Vikings "Minnesota Miracle", a 61-yard touchdown pass as time expired, to beat the New Orleans Saints, and move on to the NFC Championship Game. "Usually, it's reality. It's life".
Another crowd of hockey fans who were gathered to watch the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center watched the game unfold on TVs in the arena and also got caught up in the Vikings' win.
But Vikings kicker Kai Forbath coolly responded with a 53-yard field goal to give the Vikings the lead back, only to see Brees even more coolly move them downfield for another go-ahead field goal. "That's when I heard the oh my god oh my god", says Jamie Johnke.
"I actually didn't see the extra point because I was in my office in the locker room", Zimmer said Monday, Jan. 15.
Instead, Drew Brees and the Saints were the ones trudging off the field in defeat. "The Vikings' touchdown did save us when it came to those who bet the Saints on the money line".
All-pro cornerback Xavier Rhodes claims to have watched the play more than anyone. In the second half the Case Keenum led offense played passive and struggled to put up points.
Keenum, the undrafted and undersized all-time leading passer in NCAA history who was making his first career playoff start and has long looked up to Brees, was having a hard time finding the words to describe the experience. Brees completed 25-of-40 passes for 294 yards three touchdowns and two interceptions.
"I mean, that game was really over - no way on earth, the Vikings can win that game and then somehow they did and he was the main reason", Milloy continued. That replay will be shown a million times over the next few decades.
That's two more games-the NFC Championship and the Super Bowl.
One miracle throw. One monumental catch.
"I thought he was the best player", Zimmer said of playing Remmers at left guard Sunday. "And I know they've got a great defence".
Next week the Vikings will head to Philadelphia to face off against the Eagles for the conference championship title. Some of the things they do are very tough to defend, so we'll have to work on that.