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MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings coach Mike Zimmer heads into the offseason looking for an offensive coordinator and trying to figure out who his starting quarterback will be in 2018. The offensive coordinator job opened Monday when Pat Shurmur was named coach of the New York Giants, the day after Minnesota's season ended with a 38-7 loss at Philadelphia in the NFC championship game. "We thanked him for the success that he's helped us with and we hope he's successful in the future, except when they play the Vikings," Zimmer said.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—With heavy snow blanketing the Twin Cities, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum joked Monday, Jan. 22, about going to a warmer climate to "thaw out" and ponder his future. Keenum, whose surprising season came to an end with a 38-7 loss at Philadelphia in Sunday's NFC Championship Game, is in line to become a free agent in March unless he signs an extension before then with Minnesota.
PHILADELPHIA—The misery continues for the Minnesota Vikings. A miraculous touchdown catch from Stefon Diggs last week helped the Vikings earn a spot in the NFC Championship game. It was an almost-magical catch and got Minnesota one step closer to being the first-ever team to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium. The magic ended Sunday, Jan. 21, in Philadelphia.
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.