Stefon Diggs Thought of Stepping Out of Bounds on That Incredible Playoff TD Catch

Stefon Diggs detailed the thoughts and emotions he experienced while hauling in a historic last-second touchdown catch.

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The Minnesota Vikings had an incredible run this year. Despite playing without their top two quarterbacks due to injuries—both Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford were sidelined—the Vikings made it to the NFC Championship. And though Case Keenum and company had a performance they'd like to forget when they played their last game—a deflating, 38-7 loss to the Eagles in Philadelphia—this season was, and should continue to be, special for Minnesota fans.

The most special moment of this season? Well, there's no debating: it was Stefon Diggs' last-second touchdown catch against the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round. It looked like the Vikings' special season would come to an end in their first game of the playoffs, but the Vikings pulled off one of the craziest last-second plays in NFL history.

Keenum hit Diggs along the sideline, and somehow the Saints' defense had no one in front of him to take him down. Instead of going out of bounds, Diggs sprinted down the sideline for a touchdown, giving Minnesota a 29-24 win Jan. 14 in Minnesota.

Diggs appeared on NFL Network's coverage from the Super Bowl and reminisced on the surreal moment. He documented his thoughts and feelings as that play unfolded.

Diggs said he "gets a little nervous watching myself" on the play. 

"For me, I've only been here three years, so I don't understand the magnitude for the fans or for our organization, but it was such a great feeling to see people smile, to see somebody hug, strangers, and to see the crowd just roar when I hit the end zone," Diggs said. "It's the craziest feeling I've ever had."

The great former NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson asked Diggs if he considered going out of bounds.

"Definitely. Going out, I was like, 'let me catch the ball, let me get out of bounds, let me be smart,' because coach Zimmer's always about being smart, playing smart, and I was like, 'I'ma catch the ball, I'ma take the contact and fight my way out of bounds,'" Diggs recalled. "He whiffed, and I felt it, and I was like, 'I gotta chance.'"

"To hear the crowd just ROAR when I hit the end zone, it's the craziest feeling I've ever had."@stefondiggs reflected back on his Minnesota Miracle.

Diggs heard chants of his name and "we love you, Diggs!" from the Minnesota fans throughout the interview. That guy will be loved in that city forever.

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