It’s only natural for nerves to creep into the minds of players making their postseason debuts. But for Minnesota Vikings star WR Justin Jefferson, Sunday’s Wild Card matchup with the New York Giants is just the next big game.

The Vikings are back in the playoffs for the first time since the 2019 season and Jefferson has a lot to do with that. Jefferson captained the Vikings’ ship this season, leading the NFL with 128 catches and 1,809 receiving yards.

While Jefferson’s numbers were historic, everybody’s slate is wiped clean once the playoffs begin.

Handling The Pressure

It would be easy for Jefferson to feel pressure heading into Sunday’s contest, but Jefferson is leaning on his big-game experience. While at LSU Jefferson played in many intense SEC games, but his biggest moments came during the Tigers’ 2019 National Championship season.

“I live for these type of games, I love the big moments,” Jefferson told reporters on Thursday.

On whether nervousness will affect him when he steps onto the field, Jefferson shook off the idea.

“I feel like I’ll feel it once I get to the Super Bowl. I feel like that’s when I’ll realize everything that’s going on but, at this moment, I’m just trying to get there. At this moment, [there’s] just people standing in the way of that goal and I’m just trying to get there any way possible.”

The Vikings’ Super Bowl dream is alive as the NFC’s No. 3 seed, but most talking heads are siding with the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers to make it Glendale, AZ.

Don’t tell that to Jefferson, though. One reporter asked the star wideout if it’s Super Bowl or bust for the Vikings to which Jefferson answered with just one word.


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