The Vikings continue to get big plays from rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs. His quick feet and crafty moves produced the game-tying touchdown with under two minutes left in the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s 23-20 victory over Chicago.
On Third-and-4 from the Chicago 40-yard line, Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater got the protection he needed to find Diggs 10 yards downfield and the rookie took care of the rest.
Here’s a look at how the play developed:
Frame 1: The Vikings line up three receivers with Mike Wallace and Diggs up top. Diggs sprints 10 yards up field before he cuts back towards midfield to create space for the catch, then beats his man by cutting back towards the sideline and a lot of open field.
“Teddy actually came off his first read and he moved a little bit in the pocket and then Diggs started to move to uncover, that’s when he came open,” coach Mike Zimmer said. “I thought for the most part that protection was good [Sunday]. Teddy had some time in the pocket to try to hit some of those deeper throws. It was a good play on both of their parts, good play on the offensive line.”
Frame 2: The offensive line holds off the Bears’ pressure with six men holding the pocket. Matt Kalil does a good job breaking off to catch Chicago linebacker Christian Jones on the edge. By this time Diggs is open.
“That was a great job by Stefon, but our offensive line did a great job on that play,” Bridgewater said. “I was able to get through my progression, still have a little time back there to find Diggs. He did a great job creating separation in man coverage. He did the rest once the ball was in his hands. Great job by Mike [Wallace] blocking down field for him. It was just a great play.”