NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees could have been the most popular quarterback within the NFL heading into the playoffs, however the New Orleans Saints turned to third-string QB Taysom Hill to take the lead in Sunday’s wild-card sport towards the Minnesota Vikings.
Hill accomplished a 50-yard heave to undrafted rookie receiver/kick return Deonte Harris on the Vikings’ 4-yard line. And Alvin Kamara adopted up with a 4-yard landing run on the subsequent play (with Hill as a lead blocker) to offer New Orleans a 10-Three lead early within the second quarter.
Hill — whom the Saints use typically as a change-of-pace weapon as a read-option quarterback/working again/receiver/tight finish — was really on the sector for 3 straight performs. He gained 11 yards on a read-option keeper earlier than his TD throw.
That is our [BACKUP] quarterback 😱
…and UNDRAFTED ALL-PRO Punt Returner ‼️ pic.twitter.com/SQ74F0IgWpAdvertisement
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) January 5, 2020
The 50-yard go was the longest of Hill’s profession. It was additionally the longest catch for Harris, who has been sneaking into the offense extra lately after his breakout season as a return specialist. The 5-foot-6, 170-pounder from Division II Assumption was named first-team All-Professional as a return man this week. Harris needed to look ahead to a second on Hill’s throw, which was barely underthrown — and he really turned and caught it like a punt.
Hill, who additionally serves as a special-teams protection specialist, almost blocked a punt earlier within the sport as effectively.
The Saints’ offense wanted a lift Sunday. That they had gained a complete of simply 43 yards on 14 performs throughout their first three drives whereas struggling to maintain Minnesota’s defensive entrance at bay.