It was a night that will go down long in the memories of Ulster supporters, who will have watched the game from anywhere and everywhere but Murrayfield.
Jonathan Bradley was one of the few members of the press fortunate enough to get inside the ground. Here are his talking points from Ulster's 22-19 PRO14 semi-final success over Edinburgh.
Where else to start? Normally, it takes a little longer than 99 minutes for a player to have the chance to etch his name into a rugby team's lore and yet there Ian Madigan was, lining up the kick to send Ulster through to their first final in seven years.
While it's been a tumultuous few years for the 31-year-old - starting a World Cup quarter-final for Ireland, leaving Leinster, struggles in Bordeaux, happier times in Bristol before a frustrating finish - his move back to the Irish system always raised the possibility of a redemptive final chapter in an interesting career but few could have predicted he'd make such an immediate return on Ulster's investment. When news of his signing was broken on belfasttelegraph.co.uk back in March, many seemed unusually sceptical but here was a moment that epitomised exactly why the province brought him to Belfast. Rugby is an 80 minute game where the main protagonists increasingly can't physically last the course, a long and experienced bench has never been more important. With six of Ulster's replacements capped internationally, and all having a big part to play in the comeback, it was again clear how those looking to win silverware need a squad not a team. Without such faith in his replacements, McFarland wouldn't have been able to make the bold substitutions that so radically altered the pattern of the game.
While the late heroics of Madigan's kicking boot taking up most of the column inches, there was less to be said about the dogged way in which his team-mates had put him in the position to win the game. So incredibly disjointed once again, it looked for all the world that this was to be another case of fluffled lines on the big stage. Evidently under-performing, they kept it close through determination and little else.
Whether it was James Hume cutting down the usually rampaging Bill Mata in the open-field, the 40 tackles without a miss made by the starting front-row, the defensive job done to negate the dangerous Duhan van der Merwe after the turn or the scrambling of Kieran Treadwell to secure possession before Edinburgh's concession of the key penalty, there was plenty to fit McFarland's ethos of a team that fights for every inch. The game-saver, arguably though, was Billy Burns chasing back to intercept a pass from Scotland centre Mark Bennett that looked sure to make it a 19-0 game.
“There were a lot of small moments like that in the game, we always pride ourselves on fighting for every inch," said the skipper afterwards. "It was my turn to get back and I felt there were a few boys back with me as well and it shows the never die attitude.”
“It was me this week but I think we have shown signs of that in weeks gone by, it is one of our mantras that we never give in and I guess it was a pretty big moment, there were probably four or five big moments and we probably made most of them swing our way.”
Over the course of the first 50 minutes, there will have been little doubt who was the happiest person of the handful in Murrayfield...the Edinburgh defence coach Calum MacRae. Ulster had been held well in check through a combination of their own errors, the solidity of the teeth in the host's line and the massive impact of Hamish Watson and Co. at the breakdown.
In the second-half, rather than taking on Edinburgh up front - a case of trying to out Edinburgh Edinburgh - Ulster got back to their core attacking principles, getting the ball into the hands of their most dangerous players and doing so quickly. James Hume was central, spreading some excellent passes across the pitch, ultimately resulting in the likes of Rob Lyttle and Jacob Stockdale doing damage.
Bereft of one considerable ball carrier thanks to the injury sustained by Iain Henderson, Ulster still have tireless workhorses like Marcell Coetzee and Stuart McCloskey who will carry into crushing contact as often as instructed but, as both showed in the build-up to Lyttle's score - the side look more dangerous when playing with the adventure that allows them to show off their full skill-sets.
That Lyttle try was certainly Ulster's most eye-catching attacking move of the game, the young winger's brilliant footwork perhaps even making it look like there was less to do than there really was when he came onto the ball. While lockdown robbed Ulster of one young winger's talents through injury, perhaps it returned to them another just in time.
Lyttle's talent has never been in doubt, not since the moment he burst onto the scene with a brilliant finish in the corner on debut versus Dragons four seasons ago but injuries have consistently halted his progress and he has never managed double-digit appearances in the same campaign (Saturday's final would be his ninth of this elongated term).
It was interesting too, to hear Dan McFarland relay afterwards that the reason he suddenly finds himself in the starting side has just as much to do with the extra work to improve his defence as it does his timely return to fitness.
"Rob played really well," reflected the head coach. "He's got electric feet, he's a difficult man, a slippery customer. He's worked really hard on his defence with Jared, done a really good job, and he's made himself a player that gets picked to be first-choice for a semi-final, when we needed him to produce the goods, he does that. If there's one man, you want to beat people in traffic, I'd pick him."
While the comeback was certainly stirring, the culmination to date of the mental fortitude McFarland has tried to instill in his ranks, there is no escaping that Ulster were minutes away from facing the same old questions about a failure to perform on the big stage. Not since 2013, when beating Scarlets at home, had the province won either in the last four of the PRO14 or in the last eight of Europe despite having given themselves plenty of opportunities.
Had they lost again here, a lack of execution would have been the chief cause. While not alone since the restart, Ulster have been decidedly rusty for huge patches of their three games to date, their lack of cohesion often halting their attacks before they even got started. Edinburgh gave away seven penalties in the areas between the '22's on Saturday night, with all seven kicked to the corner.
It was on the seventh occasion that Ulster first made their hosts pay for the ill-discipline, John Andrew touching down after the maul drove over. The previous six went penalty - turnover at the breakdown - knock-on - knock-on - knock-on - knock-on.
As Munster displayed in their own semi-final 24 hours prior, Leinster are a side who in the past few weeks have given their opponents opportunities but, while Edinburgh didn't make Ulster pay for their profligacy, Leo Cullen's men certainly will.