Saints defense
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The fingerprints of the New Orleans Saints’ defense were all over the Sunday Night Football victory at the Minnesota Vikings.

In a rematch of last postseason’s NFC Divisional round matchup, the Saints (6-1) left Minnesota victorious with a 30-20 win vs. the Vikings (4-3-1).

The Saints’ defense stepped up on Sunday night with some huge momentum swinging plays, including a second quarter forced fumble and third quarter pick-six by P.J. Williams.

The Saints, who held the Vikings to 85 rushing yards, are on a six-game winning streak and remain in first place of the NFC South standings.

The Saints host the undefeated Los Angeles Rams (8-0) on Sunday in a pivotal NFC showdown.

Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins registered two sacks in the win for the Saints.

This was the Saints’ first visit to U.S. Bank Stadium since the heartbreaking last second loss.

Safety Marcus Williams’ missed tackle led to a 61-yard touchdown reception from Stefon Diggs as time expired, resulting in a 29-24 Saints loss at the Vikings in the NFC Divisional round.

However, Marcus Williams told ESPN he was motivated on Sunday night by a bigger purpose.

Marcus Williams was honoring the loss of two loved ones who recently died from cancer: his grandfather on Tuesday in addition to Sunday being the birthday of his cousin, who died a year and a half ago.”So it was an emotional game for me just because of them. But I held it back until after the game, and I just went out there and played my all,” Williams said to ESPN. “I put them on my shoulders and I just played for them.”

Afterwards, Marcus Williams and Diggs embraced and shared words.

P.J. Williams couldn’t deny there was plenty of emotions lingering that the Saints’ defense let out in the victory.

“Man, anybody that played here last year, they can say anything. But we definitely wanted to come in here and get this win bad,” Saints cornerback P.J. Williams said to ESPN. “We knew they were a good team, this was a big game for us, and they took us out last year. So we definitely wanted to make sure we took them out today.”