The New Orleans Saints Reach Their First Superbowl
Their NFL team will be going to the Superbowl for the first time in their history in two weeks after beating the Minnesota Vikings 31-28.
The New Orleans done it the hard way after the Minnesota Vikings put the ball on the ground six times, only recovering three of them. However the Saints could not seal the game in normal time. They interception Brett Favre twice; the second his final play of the season, with the game tied and in long field goal range, leaving just 7 seconds on the clock at the end of the play. Noteworthy, Favre's final play as a Green Bay Packer was intercepted by Corey Webster in overtime of the 2007 NFC Championship Game from which the New York Giants went on to win and followed it up by winning the Superbowl over the New England Patriots.
His counterpart, Drew Brees completed 17 of 31 pass attempts for 197 yards and 3 touchdowns for the New Orleans Saints. The Saints got the big plays when they needed them in overtime, with Pierre Thomas narrowly jumping for a first down on a fourth down attempt, and Robert Meachem barely, if at-all-hanging onto an 18 yard pass to setup Hartley's winning field goal.
So much of the pre-game build up was on Reggie Bush after his performance last week against Arizona. He ran for 8 yards on 7 carries, caught 2 passes for 33 yards and 1 touchdown. He fumbled a punt return inside his own 15 just before half time. Fortunately for him and the Saints, the Vikings failed to capitalised as Favre and Adrian Peterson fumbled a handoff, allowing the Saints to recover.
Protecting the ball was a nightmare for the Vikings. Adrian Peterson fumbled twice himself, although both were recovered by the Vikings. Peterson ran for 122 yards and 3 yards on 25 carries. Errors ultimately cost the Vikings their place in the Superbowl, losing the turnover battle 5-1. At times you had to wonder if there was grease on the ball!
The Vikings put up 457 yards of offence to the Saints 257, and had the ball for over 36 minutes. They were made to pay for their mistakes.
Brett Favre took some big shots from the blitzing Saints defence towards the end of the 3rd quarter. At one point he had an ankle wrapped up on the sideline and limped back onto the field. He was clearly hurting in the final quarter; slowly moving around. Favre being Favre, didn't miss a play.
The New Orleans Saints will play the Indianapolis Colts in the Superbowl on February 7th in Miami after Peyton Manning lead his team to victory over the New York Jets prior to the Saints game kicking off.
A shout out to our NFL Betting Expert for correctly selecting these two teams to reach the Superbowl. Not just earlier this week, but earlier this season as he persuaded me at different points during the season to back them for success :) The Colts are early 3.5 point favourites.