Kyle Rudolph’s view of Vikings’ success runs deeper than ‘Minneapolis Miracle’

Kyle Rudolph saw the “Minneapolis Miracle” from the best view possible.

The Vikings tight end was about 30 yards behind Stefon Diggs, whose 61-yard touchdown catch gave Minnesota a 29-24 victory against New Orleans and put the franchise in position to reach Super Bowl LII. Minnesota meets Philadelphia on Sunday in the NFC championship game as a result of that walk-off touchdown.

And if he hadn’t made a power grab in Philadelphia and made himself his own GM, there’s a chance he could have had some lasting NFL success.

Kelly arrived in the NFL in 2013 amid great curiosity and fanfare after his run of on-field prosperity at Oregon. His jump to the NFL seemed, like Spurrier’s, in part a lab experiment to see if his ideas about how to run an offense would work at the next level. Kelly’s teams at Oregon played fast and played well. But would it translate?

Titans: Tennessee will clinch a wild-card berth with a win over the Jaguars, or a tie combined with a Bills loss/tie against the Dolphins and a Chargers loss/tie against the Raiders, or if the Bills and Chargers both lose.

Rams: Los Angeles has clinched the NFC West. The Rams cannot earn a first-round bye and will be either the No. 3 seed or No. 4 seed. They will be the No. 3 seed with a win, or with a tie combined with a Saints loss/tie and Panthers loss/tie, or with losses by the Saints and Panthers.

Saints: New Orleans has clinched a playoff berth. The Saints will clinch the NFC South with a win over the Buccaneers, or a Panthers loss to the Falcons, or a tie combined with a Panthers tie.

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