Garrett Hartley came through with a convincing 40 yard field goal for the New Orleans Saints to claim NFC Champions over the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 in OT at the Louisiana Superdome Sunday afternoon. In a game that featured nine fumbles and two interceptions, Brett Favre ended Minnesota’s final chance in Saints territory with a pick in the closing seconds in regulation. From there the Saints were able to win the coin toss and celebrate early 4:45 into the extra block.
“It was as loud as I have ever heard it in the dome,” said QB Drew Brees. “It feels so good to know we have given our fans an NFC championship. We have another championship to go after in two weeks.”
Favre (a 19-year veteran) is currently contemplating retirement following one of the best statistical seasons of his career. The Mississippi native shares a great amount of respect for the Saints, saying “I would have loved to represent the NFC but as I told Sean throughout the year when we talked, if it’s not us, I hope it’s you guys.”