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What matters now is just Shazier’s continued recovery.

I took Latin for six years like a big ol’ loser, and let me tell you, if D.K. handed this picture in as a homework assignment, it’d get him kicked out of class.

Quick aside: One time we were learning about planets, and I raised my hand and asked, Who was Uranus named after? I couldn’t stop laughing afterwards, so my teacher made me sit in the hallway for the rest of the period.

Anyway, I don’t know where all of this will lead. I’m hopeful that it will wrap up neatly, but I’m also slowly coming to terms with the fact that we just might never know. And maybe that’s okay. Maybe the real friends are the Hader facts and Greek mythology we brushed up on at the IHOPs along the way.

Morstead promised to fly back to Minnesota to personally deliver a check to Minnesota’s Child Life Program if the donations surpassed $100,000.

Payton added a #skol to his Twitter post on Friday, as well as a #recovering and the words, Felling better already. Payton also said he is pulling for his longtime friend Mike Zimmer, who coaches the Vikings.

Payton dialed up the trick pass with Willie Snead. It almost worked perfectly, but Snead’s throw was … less than accurate. It also happened on third and short, forcing a punt when the Saints could least afford it.

Vikings 20, Saints 14 After that madness, Kai Forbath nailed a clutch 49-yard field goal to make it a six-point game.

The Vikings’ drive stalled out, but Sean Payton inexplicably wasted both his challenges on calls that were never close to overturned. The Saints now have just one timeout with ten minutes left.

X factor: Danny Amendola, WR. Amendola has racked up 196 yards and two touchdowns on 18 grabs this postseason. It’s the route running, the quickness and the scheme in New England that makes him a prime X factor in the Super Bowl. Look at how the Patriots create space inside of the numbers or focus on Amendola’s ability to shake coverage in a phone booth. This allows Brady to dice up the middle of the field on high-percentage throws in the short-to-intermediate passing game. And that’s a blueprint for success. — Matt Bowe

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