Oops. Saints coach Sean Payton taunted Vikings fans before losing playoff game

Florence Fletcher
January 16, 2018

Payton lost two timeouts because of his unsuccessful challenges and the Vikings took a 20-14 lead on Kai Forbath's 49-yard field goal with 10 minutes, 12 seconds remaining.

Payton's been going full scorched earth down the stretch for New Orleans and appears to have been caught mocking Vikings fans with a Skol clap after the Saints took the lead with 25 seconds left on a Wil Lutz field goal.

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Payton was asked about the gesture on Tuesday.

As the score changed to 24-23, Payton apparently turned around to Vikings fans at U.S. Bank Stadium, lifted his arms in the air and began a mocking SKOL clap, according to Ben Leber on KFAN. My team turned the ball over and the opponent's best player led a fast break. Payton said the way the season ended was hard, "the finality more than anything". "We've got a lot of work to do and a lot of areas we've got to address".

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