The Minnesota Vikings came out with a whimper against the New York Giants on Sunday evening.
Their season was in jeopardy with a fourth down call and quarterback Kirk Cousins couldn’t even get the ball past the sticks. He threw a short pass to tight end TJ Hockenson, who immediately ran short of the line for the gain.
The Giants earned their first playoff win since winning the Super Bowl in February of 2012.
Right after the game ended, many fans and media pundits took to social media to condemn that play call because it failed to keep the Vikings’ season alive. One pundit who did not do so was Kurt Warner of the NFL Network.
Warne posted a video on his Twitter and said he understood why Cousins took the decision. He didn’t like how Cousins didn’t have a lot of other options to throw, which is why Cousins left it to Hockenson.
The NFL community really appreciated this insight from the Hall of Fame quarterback.
“This was a great breakdown on the flaws in play design (and potential route run) on Minnesota’s 4th down play yesterday,” read another tweet.
Head coach Kevin O’Connell will have the entire off-season to think about what he could have done differently for this play.