Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints
Like the Jets and the Colts over in the AFC, the Vikings and the Saints will be meeting in the playoffs for the 3rd time in their history. Like the Jets, the Vikings hold a 2-0 advantage over the Saints.
A look back--
January 3, 1988
1987 NFC Wild Card
Minnesota Vikings 44 - New Orleans Saints 10
This was the first ever playoff game for the New Orleans Saints and it wasn't pretty. The Vikings totally dominated the game on both sides of the ball. The defense recorded 2 sacks, forced 4 turnovers and only allowed 149 total yards. The offense was lead by wide receiver extraordinaire Anthony Carter, who ran all over the Saints. Carter was "Mr. Everything" in this game-- he had an 84-yard punt return for a touchdown, he scored a touchdown on a 10-yard halfback option pass and he set a playoff record with 143 total punt return yards. Vikings QB Tommy Kramer had to leave the game in the first quarter due to a nagging pinched nerve injury, but back-up QB Wade Wilson came in and got the job done, throwing 2 TD passes of his own.
Let's just say, the Saints playoff debut wasn't pretty, especially in front of the home crowd in the Superdome. For the Vikings, it was a pretty awesome playoff run. After annihilating the Saints, 44-10 in New Orleans, they marched into San Francisco and took care of the No. 1 seed, the mighty 49ers, 36-24. They then had to go to Washington for the NFC Championship Game where they lost a heart breaker to the Redskins, 17-10.
January 6, 2001
2000 NFC Divisional Playoffs
Minnesota Vikings 34 - New Orleans Saints 16
Things didn't go quite well for the Saints in their second playoff meeting with the Vikings either. Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper threw 2 TD passes to Randy Moss (53 yards and 68 yards) and 1 TD pass to Chris Carter (17 yards). Running back Robert Smith scored a 2-yard TD run of his own and once again the Vikings annihilated the Saints in the playoffs. But at least this one was in the Metrodome.
January 24, 2010 (????)
Brett Favre vs. Drew Brees-- who's gonna win Round 3?
So if the Colts are 0-2 against the Jets in the playoffs and the Saints are 0-2 against the Vikings-- I guess the logical conclusion would be for the two 0-fers to finally come thru--
So I'm gonna say, Colts vs. Saints in the Super Bowl--
Although, Vikings vs. Jets does have a nice ring to it because of the Brett Favre connection.
Oh and by the way, as for this "politically correct thing" out there-- I still haven't heard or read that the people of Scandinavia are beefing about the Vikings logo and for that matter, Christians aren't beefing about the Saints logo either. Anyway, just a thought....
If you have no clue what I'm talking about in that last tidbit, refer to this older post.
Photos courtesy of Getty Images/AP
Stats courtesy of Wikipedia