The "Miracle in Minneapolis" catch by Stefan Digs that gave the Vikings an improbable win over the New Orleans Saints Sunday also was a win for Metro Transit.
The agency won a bet with the New Orleans Regional Transit Agency after the Vikings' wide receiver scored on a 61-yard touchdown with no time left on the clock to push the Vikings to a 29-24 win and send team to the NFC Championship game next Sunday in Philadelphia.
Last week the two transit agencies entered into a friendly wager on Sunday's Divisional Playoff game between the two teams at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The bet: The transit agency's whose team lost agreed to change its cover photos on Facebook and Twitter and show transit vehicles of the other.
Naturally, a little trash talking took place before kickoff
We need all of you to cheer on the @Vikings this afternoon as they take on the @Saints, because we've made a bet with @NewOrleansRTA! Cannot wait to see our vehicles on their social media pages next week! #SKOL #BringItHome pic.twitter.com/QmqOEjDcp3— Metro Transit (@MetroTransitMN) January 14, 2018
With that dramatic 29-24 Vikings win, looks like the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority will be featuring images of Metro Transit buses for a day.
Well played @Vikings. We're also very proud of the effort of our @Saints. This definitely stings, but a bet is a bet. It's been fun getting to know our friends @metrotransitMN. We'll make good on our bet next week. Thanks for your patience.— NORTA (@NewOrleansRTA) January 15, 2018
And you can bet Vikings fans will be checking up on NORTA.
Make sure the Saints RTD delivers. #SKOL— Bryce Thompson (@MilesOfBryce) January 15, 2018
And so will Metro Transit
Oh we will.— Metro Transit (@MetroTransitMN) January 15, 2018
Some locals were wondering where Metro Transit's allegiance really was. On Saturday Tony Johnson spotted a bus rolling through northeast Minneapolis with the overhead sign reading "Go Saints."
This was the day before the big win, but Metro Transit said it was an unfortunate time to be promoting the St. Paul Saints baseball team. A driver apparently hit a wrong code and displayed what appeared to be support for the visiting team from New Orleans.
Alas, a Metro Transit spokesman said the agency is firmly behind the Vikings.