Yeah. I noticed that after the game.
They did beat New Orleans before in the regular season but as the game between the Rams and the Falcons showed, experience in the playoffs carry significant weight and the Vikings are a young team. In the five playoff games Brees has played on the road in his career, he’s been a much different quarterback. Newton drove Carolina to the 21, but the Saints defense pushed the Panthers back from there.
Even that game, though, has some limitations as a barometer for Sunday’s matchup, given how much both teams have changed since that night.
Diehard Vikings fan Doug Mickleson relocated here two years ago, reconnecting with another Minnesota transplant named Susan Sweeney, an old high school sweetheart.
And, lo and behold, here we are four-plus months later and both teams, indeed, have what it takes to represent the NFC.
Only one team will survive the collision.
Said Hill: “We’re just building off of what we did against the Bears”.
After Carson Wentz’s injury, this game features the two best teams in the NFC and the victor of this game has a great chance to represent the conference in the Super Bowl. The game was later pinpointed by the original whistleblower of the Saints’ bounty scandal, in which bonuses allegedly were paid for injuring opponents such as Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. In 2012, the league ruled there was a system in place that paid Saints players bonuses for injuring opposing players.
“They are playing very well, and they are tops in most categories defensively, I think total defense, scoring defense, second in rush and second in pass”, Saints coach Sean Payton said. Yes I’m Heidi it was sort of short note if it was I thought they could have pinned them back you know down within the ten yard you know and I went and yes. “What were there, three or four personal fouls? You think you are in ideal position and you’re not”. Leber said he doesn’t believe there was any malice on the part of the Saints. “We stuck together. We knew that we were really close to getting our first win and just kind of establishing that identity”.
“I still even question some of the validity of the whole Bountygate stuff, even after all of these sort of ridiculous investigations”.
They’ve eased the playmaking pressure on Brees, who just recaptured the NFL’s completion percentage record (72 percent) from Sam Bradford and leads an offense second in touchdowns per drive, according to Football Outsiders.
“(Lattimore) has been playing lights out, and he gets a lot of recognition, as he should”, Vikings receiver Jarius Wright said. The two teams have a combined five players on their rosters that played in that game; Brian Robison is the only one left on the Vikings’ roster.
“There shouldn’t be any extra motivation for them”, he said. They remember all too well what happened eight years ago when these teams met in the NFC title game at the Superdome.
“I don’t think we knew who we were in Week 1, but we know who we are now”.
Rita’s is a Saints fan, so we wanted to ask him if we prayed to canonized Saints, which ones would help our Saints win? In stepped Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon to power a balanced Viking offense to a playoff bye.
As Payton discussed the most striking aspects of the Saints’ evolution this season, he began by highlighting “the amount of guys we’ve had to replace and the new faces that are stepping up”.