Skip Bayless reacts to Stefon Diggs’ game-winning catch as the Minnesota Vikings advance to the NFC championship game

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Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe discuss the Minnesota Vikings 29-24 win against the New Orleans Saints to advance to the NFC championship game.

- But before I get to poor Marcus Williams, who, to your point, went down in NFL infamy forever and ever, quick thought on a bigger picture. In all my years of covering this league-- your league, in which you are in the Hall of Fame for playing in-- in all my years, I've never seen a more stunning walk-off play than that play.


- Because there aren't that many walk-off plays in your game of football.


- We see them all the time in baseball and basketball, but it's rare that you see a pass play, a long pass play, that flat out reverses fortune and ends the football game.


- It just doesn't happen. The catch-- the most probably famous throw and catch that there ever was, I was there. It was at the end of the 1981 season, early '82 at Candlestick Park. And I'm covering my Dallas Cowboys. And it was the beginning of the San Francisco dynasty and the beginning of the end of Tom Landry's Dallas dynasty.

And it was Joe Montana to Dwight Clark. Montana said he was actually trying to throw it away. He later admitted.


But up into the fog went Dwight Clark and snatched it out of the fog over Everson Walls, who's now trying to get into the Hall of Fame.


- And yet, there were 58 seconds left in that game. So Dallas got the ball back, and Danny White hit Drew Pearson. He almost broke it. Carlton Williamson grabbed him by the nape of the neck. There were no horse collars back-- but it was a horse collar tackle. But that's-- there are other things usually happen after the big pass play.

We did have the Music City Miracle. That's 2000 season, 1999 going into 2000. And yet, it's a little bit of a fluke trick play, in which on the last kickoff of the game, Frank Wycheck throws the ball across the field laterally to Kevin Dyson, who then runs it for a touchdown on a kick off. But it's a little fluky.

This was something. This is third and 10 with six seconds left from your 39 with little to no hope because, to your point, Case Keenum had just missed two throws that looked like no hope throws down the field, and then a quick-- into the flat throw that went nowhere.

SHANNON SHARPE: Tried to hit McKinnon.

- Well, it just went nowhere. And it just looked like it's over.


- And then, this happened. And to me, Marcus Williams actually played this defense too much by the book. Because in my time around the NFL, this is called cover 2 boundary. It's just basically a cover 2, but you're playing cover 2 outside, where they are taught, just don't let them get out of bounds. Because clearly, if they catch it in bounds and you tackle them, the game is over. It doesn't matter what.

So the Vikings call their play seven heaven. And it's actually supposed to be to Jarius Wright, who's the underneath receiver, and he's usually the target on the play. And to Case Keenum's credit, he had to be calculating, we need more than the underneath receiver. We need-- because if he catches it and gets out of bounds, it's going to be like a 58-yard field goal. But they need a 52-yard field goal, which is make-able-- A to Stefon.

So he tries-- he goes for broke, which is Case Keenum's way. That's the way he was born, the way he was raised, he's go for broke. He's going to try whatever needs to be tried. And so he throws it a little bit up for grabs.


- And Marcus Williams had just made a sensational interception at the end of the third quarter.

SHANNON SHARPE: On another play he threw up for grabs.

- He threw it up for grabs. And Marcus Williams is a smart player. He's had a really good football season, really good. As a rookie, as you say, second-round draft pick out of Utah, he's a smart player. But I don't know. There's pressure. There's rookie. There's brain lock. And there's too much by the book. Because he's thinking in his head, I have to get to the boundary. I have to make sure I'm outside of the receiver, so that he can't get to the sideline.

And instead, I don't know what he's thinking because he said the right thing after the game. He said, my job is to attack the ball.


- --and be the eraser. Well, he had plenty of time to track the football. And if he had attacked the football, he could of, number one, knocked it down. Number two, maybe intercepted it and ended the game, right? Or number three, if he just slows down and plays ball and man, it's a pretty easy tackle, right?


- Because you can just let him catch it, let him high point it, and then he's up in the air. Just wrap him up and take him to the ground, and the game is over. So you have three much better options than the one he chose. I don't know what he was doing.