Bobby Hebert's first NFL touchdown pass, a 39-yarder to John Tice with 50 seconds to play, lifted the New Orleans Saints to a 30-23 victory over the Minnesota Vikings today.
The Vikings had tied the game 57 seconds earlier on Tommy Kramer's six-yard scoring pass to Mike Jones.
Earl Campbell helped New Orleans (4-8) end a six-game losing streak by rushing for 160 yards in a team-record 35 carries. It was his 40th 100-yard game but first since the Saints acquired him from the Houston Oilers midway through last season. His second-quarter touchdown was his first score in 22 games with the Saints.
Saints Coach Bum Phillips, the Houston coach when Campbell was in his prime, has been criticized for bringing a "washed-up" Campbell to New Orleans.
"One time earlier this year, I went into Bum's office," Campbell said. "I talked to him about retiring. He said, 'Until I say you quit, you won't quit.' "
Hebert, a former USFL star making his second NFL start, found Maryland alumnus Tice open across the middle for the game-winner.
The Vikings (5-7), who have lost six of eight, rallied from a 23-10 third-quarter deficit on field goals of 22 and 37 yards by Jan Stenerud and the Kramer-to-Jones pass.
On the Vikings' first drive, leading rusher Darrin Nelson suffered a bruised sternum and was through for the day.