The New Orleans Saints were able to prolong their Super Bowl celebration after claiming victory over the Minnesota Vikings in yesterday’s NFC Championship rematch at the Superdome. Drew Brees completed 27 of 36 passes for 237 yards and one touchdown to outduel Brett Favre, who finished with 171 yards from 15 receptions with one touchdown and one interception. The contest marked the Saints lowest scoring win since head coach Sean Payton took over back in 2006.
“We’re not used to 14-9 victories, but we’re used to winning,” said Brees. “We knew we would have to play better in a lot of areas than we did last year (against the Vikings) and I felt like we did. We just showed that we can win in a lot of different ways.” Pierre Thomas established the running game for New Orleans with 71 yards and one TD from 19 carries. Reggie Bush chimed in with 14 yards from two carries and caught five passes to rack up an additional 33.
Minnesota will have over a week to prepare for their next game at home against the Miami Dolphins Sunday September 19th. Despite the hard fought loss, they are still ranked atop the NFC North alongside Favre’s former Green Bay Packers. “We were right where we wanted to be at halftime,” said Vikings head coach Brad Childress. “Then it was three-and-out, three-and-out. There were not a lot of throws to be made downfield.” The Saints are set to take on the San Francisco 49ers next Monday.