Dalvin Cook missed a Vikings playoff game in 2017 due to injury. The former Florida State standout helped deliver a playoff win on the road Sunday.
Cook had 28 carries for 94 yards and two touchdowns along with three receptions for 36 yards as Minnesota knocked off the Saints 26-20 in overtime at New Orleans.
“I’m excited,” Cook told reporters in New Orleans. “We won our first playoff game. I won my first playoff game. It’s big for the organization. I just want to do everything my team needs me to do and do it at a high level.”
Cook missed the final two regular-season games as he recovered from a shoulder injury. He said he was flying around in practice as he was trying to get his conditioning back for a game against the Saints.
And on Sunday he delivered two touchdowns while Kirk Cousins completed 19 of 31 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown.
“We have some guys in that huddle that, when they’re locked in, we play some good football,” Cook said. … In big moments, you have to want the ball. I definitely want the ball in the biggest moments.”
Xavier Rhodes also had four tackles in the win. For the Saints, Mario Edwards Jr. had two tackles, including a tackle for loss.
Minnesota next travels to the NFC’s top seed, San Francisco, on Saturday.
A large group of Seminoles are on the Eagles roster and were eliminated when Seattle took a 17-9 win on Sunday night. Nigel Bradham had five tackles and Timmy Jernigan had two tackles for Philadelphia. Dekoda Watson is on the Seahawks roster and Demarcus Christmas is injured.
Roderick Johnson and reserve Rick Leonard are offensive linemen on the Houston Texans.
The Chiefs also have defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi and offensive lineman Cameron Erving.
Saturday, Jan. 11
Vikings at 49ers, 4:35 p.m. (NBC)
Titans at Ravens, 8:15 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Jan. 12
Texans at Chiefs, 3:05 p.m. (CBS)
Seahawks at Packers, 6:40 p.m. (Fox)