Well, the Indianapolis Colts out-shined the New York Jets in the AFC Championship game. Which NFC team would be butting heads with the Colts at Super Bowl XLIV? Would the Minnesota Vikings bring in the cold and mead or would the New Orleans Saints ferry over some rhythm and blues? Televised by Fox, with commentary by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, the Vikings went on offense first. Running back Adrian Peterson made a touchdown at the end of this possession. Saints running back Pierre Thomas tied the game with a TD run when his team got the ball. Minnesota 7 and New Orleans 0. Brett Favre connected with wide receiver Sidney Rice towards the bottom of the quarter, giving the Vikings seven more points. Minnesota 14 and New Orleans 7.
The second quarter started with the Saints tying the game once again with a TD connection between Drew Brees and wide receiver Devery Henderson. Minnesota 14 and New Orleans 14. The second quarter drew to a close with the Vikings recovering a muffed punt to the ten-yard line and then Adrian Peterson losing control of the ball.
The Saints charged into the third quarter with a Pierre Thomas TD. New Orleans 21 and Minnesota 14 (televised slow-motion replays revealed that Thomas’s left knee hit the ground before the ball crossed the goal line). Adrian Peterson lost control of the ball on the Vikings next possession, but his teammate fullback Naufahu Tahi jumped on the ball. With the legs and grip of tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who moved the ball down the field, Adrian Peterson was able to put another TD on board. New Orleans 21 and Minnesota 21. Peterson recovered his own fumbled ball nearing the bottom of the third quarter. Three times a lady fumble! Minutes later, Brett Favre was intercepted by Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma. Favre was brought down to the ground hard and had to hop off the field with a teammate on either side of him.
The top of the fourth quarter indicated ostensibly that the Vikings were getting sloppy Joey with their game-play. There was another loose ball. Saints defensive tackle Remi Ayodele got a hold of the ball after it rolled away from players on both teams. Saints running back Reggie Bush managed to break the bottom right corner of the end zone for a TD. New Orleans 28 and Minnesota 21. Just when it seemed like Minnesota was closing the offensive gap, the ball gets away from them and Vilma nabbed it. Luckily for the Vikings, the Saints didn’t score. When Minnesota returned to offense, Adrian Peterson ended up breaking the plane. New Orleans 28 and Minnesota 28. The Vikings were playing the fourth-down-and-goal yo-yo and instead of getting his kicker to a decent yard-line, he threw an interception. Cornerback Tracy Porter cradled that prolate spheroid like it was a free puppy.
Can we spell O-V-E-R-T-I-M-E? The Saints won the coin toss. Kicker Garrett Hartley’s forty-yard field goal attempt was good. New Orleans 31 and Minnesota 28. The New Orleans Saints are the NFC Champions and will send some rhythm and blues to Super Bowl XLIV.
Observations & Miscellania:
1. Joe Buck wore a light gray suit, a light blue button-down shirt, and a caramel-bronze tie. Troy Aikman wore a dark navy suit, a white button-down shirt, and a metallic gray tie. The juxtaposition was a bit odd.
2. Kris Allen sang the National Anthem. I would say that Jordin Sparks did a much better job singing in the AFC Championship game. She sang like she meant it; he belted like he didn’t want to mess up.
3. The Vikings wore white jerseys and the Saints wore black.
4. The Saints have a life-sized pound-puppy of a mascot.
5. Sidney Rice did a little shoulder shake in the end zone after he made the TD catch in the first quarter.
6. If you watched this game or have been following the Vikings in the news, then you know that Brett Favre and many of the offensive players wore ear plugs.
7. Drew Brees launched the ball into the back right corner of the end zone in the second quarter; Devery Henderson flew to it like a bird of prey snatching up a field mouse.
8. Vikings safety Madieu Williams’s first name is perverted French for “my god.” “Dieu” is masculine, so “my god” should be “mon dieu.”
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