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NFL: Saints Headed to First Super Bowl, Face Colts

By Michael Bearak     Jan 24, 2010 in Sports
New Orleans has hosted the Super Bowl, but they have never been to one, until this year. On Sunday the New Orleans Saints stopped the Minnesota Vikings to earn their first trip to the Super Bowl. They'll face the Indianapolis Colts.
The New Orleans Saints have been through a lot, there was Katrina, then a near miss to the Chicago Bears in 2006, and then overtime to finally get themselves into the Super Bowl and a meeting with the Indianapolis Colts.
It was a game that was tied at 14 at halftime and then 21 all at the end of three quarters and again at 28 all at the end of regulation; it was a game that saw no field goals until overtime when Garrett Hartley kicked a 40 yard field goal to win the game and propel them to their first Super Bowl with a 31-28 victory over the Vikings.
The Saints got to Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre, repeatedly battering him and hurting him, but he hung in there; but turnovers hurt the Vikings including two interceptions thrown by Farve, a total of five turnovers by the Vikings.
Brett Favre was 28 for 46 covering 310 yards, while Drew Brees was 17 for 31 covering 197 yards with three touchdowns.
The Vikings also won the rushing game 165 yards to 68 as well as the first down battle 31 to 15. The Vikings controlled the clock as well almost 36 1/2 minutes to 27 1/2. The big difference was the two interceptions thrown by Favre and the three fumbles.
Adrian Peterson rushed for 122 yards on 25 yards and three touchdowns. Pierre Thomas was the leading rusher for the Saints with 61 yards on 14 carries.
Favre's last play, possibly of his career, was an interception late in the fourth quarter with the score tied deep in the Saints' territory. The Vikings were within field goal range with a chance to win the game when Favre's pass intended for Sidney Rice but Tracy Porter stepped in front of the pass and picked off Favre. That was it for the Vikings' offense as the Saints won the toss in overtime and took the field first and the initial possession led to the Hartley field goal.
The Colts and the Saints will face off in Super Bowl XLIV on February 7 in Miami. It will be the first time since 1993 that the top two seeds will meet in the Super Bowl.
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