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Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2019 02:22 PM

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FAITH: Vikings QB Case Keenum Says Finding Christ Still Better Than Miracle TD Pass Sunday Night That Put Minnesota In National Football Conference Championship Game

On Sunday night, the Minnesota Vikings pulled off an unexpected touchdown in the final seconds of the game that allowed them to reclaim the lead and seal their victory over the New Orleans Saints. CBS Sports called the pass an “impossible walk-off TD pass.” It’s a pass that will send the Vikings to the NFC championship game and that made one NFL quarterback’s day.

After the climactic win, reporters pulled Vikings quarterback Case Keenum aside to ask about his winning touchdown pass. In an attempt to describe his excitement about the win, Case explained, “It’s probably going to go down as the third best moment of my life behind giving my life to Jesus Christ and marrying my wife.”

According to an article at, Case first asked out his then future wife, Kimberly, at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes event during her senior year of high school. They went out for snow cones and found love “over faith, frozen sugar, and frugality.” When interviewed for the article, Kimberly Keenum explained that their shared faith has “helped her and Case view the twists and turns of the football journey … as a fun ride along.”

“Everything we’ve been through,” Kimberly said, “God has always been there in our lives.” And that includes all the losses and the victories. The Keenums likely see Sunday’s victory as an extra exciting twist in their football journey—a victory that will go down in Case’s book as the third best moment of his life.

Leah Hickman is a 2017 graduate of Hillsdale College’s English program. She freelances for and has written pieces for multiple Hillsdale College campus publications as well as for and the Discover Laura Blog. Read more by Leah at

Photo: Case Keenum #7 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of the NFC Divisional Playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium on January 14, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.