Vikings Fall to Saints, Miss Super Bowl Again


Way too much insanity to sort out now.  Suffice it to say, the Vikings had ample opportunity to take control of the game in the second half, but failed to do so, largely because of turnovers.

And then there was that final “drive” of regulation, which will now take its place among the most infamous moments in Vikings history.  A 12-men in the huddle penalty caused when Brad Childress got cute with a substitution package pushed the Vikings back, setting up the Brett Favre interception that would send the game into overtime.

The bad luck would continue into overtime, when the Vikings gave up a big kick return, losing Cedric Griffin in the process.  The Saints got a pass interference call on Griffin’s replacement Asher Allen which handed them a first down.  This helped them drive the ball down into field goal range, with assistance from a second pass interference call, this one on Ben Leber.

The Vikings have gotten some help from missed field goals this year, most notably against the Ravens, but not this time.  Garrett Hartley knocked it through from 40 to send the Saints to the Super Bowl, and the Vikings home for the off-season.

Much more in the days and weeks to come.

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  • Mike

    It is totally relevant that the saints hit favre a lot, especially since they illegally hit him low and injured his ankle, which made running it to the 33 much more difficult.

    I too am ashamed of vikes fan at times, especially if Lemme is really one. Fortunately, all of the Vikes fans I just talked to at the health club agreed with me that the Saints were the dirtiest team we played all season. It is unacceptable when a team decides they will hit the opposing QB often and hard no matter if the hits should be penalized. And even worse that the refs decide they will just let them play and look the other way on penalties.

  • Mike

    I like what the capstonereport posted on January 24th entitled “Dirty Saints make Super Bowl”:

    “What is a better representation of the trashiness of New Orleans than the dirty play of the New Orleans Saints? Seriously, the Saints game plan from the smug Sean Payton was to injure Favre—obviously, the sucky Saints defense wasn’t going to stop Favre legitimately. The proof of just how dirty the Saints played was the personal foul penalties and just plain cheap shots on legendary quarterback Brett Favre. There is no place in the NFL for this type of behavior. It is a shame that the Super Bowl will see a team so unworthy of being there. To call New Orleans Sodom in the South would be to insult Sodom. The city embraces the Saints because the Saints are a true reflection of everything wrong with New Orleans.”

  • DrZin

    Wow. The Saints play ONE excessively physical game ALL F***ING SEASON, with a team for which NO ONE (except maybe Shockey) has a tarnished reputation and NO ONE has ever been accused of being a cheap-shot artist, and all of a sudden we’re “Sodom?” And the “dirtiest team in the NFL?”

    Child, please.

    I wasn’t happy about the low hit on Favre, and I was upset that he got hurt, but you people are just taking this to impossible extremes.

    I guess despair will do that.

  • Mike

    Despair had nothing to do with calling New Orleans Sodom. The capstonereport is from Alabama. I’m sure they were upset that the dirty Saints injured regional native son and hero Brett Favre. Clearly, New Orleans sold its soul for this one game. The Saints were told they had to win at all costs. Gregg Williams saw there was no way to stop Favre without taking him out with cheap shots. Also, shame on those that somehow influenced the refs to look the other way from this mugging of a good ole Southern boy. Scott Favre says his brother Brett was badly hurt during this game.

  • Mike

    Saints dirty defensive coordinator Gregg Williams on late hits: “When you put too much of that type of worry on a warrior’s mind, he doesn’t play all out….If it happens, it happens. And the only thing you’d like for me to say is that if it happens you hope he doesn’t get back up and play again.”

  • Mike

    Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams on extending his practice of late hits against Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl: “This guy’s got a great clock in his head. The big thing is that he throws the ball so early that we’re going to have to do a good job of finding ways to get to him and when we do get to him we’re going to have to make sure he gets a couple ‘remember me’ shots when we get there.”

  • http://hotmail charlie

    HEY MIKE
    GUESS IF YOU HAD GREGG WILLIAMS AND YALL WON YOU WOULD BE SAYING HOW GREAT HE IS. YOU LOST TAKE IT DON’T BE LIKE A CHICAGO FAN THEY ARE CRYING BITCHES YALL ARE BETTER THAN THAT, OR ARE YALL WHO DAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike

    I am happier we lost rather than be defiled by that dirty SOB Gregg Williams! I hope the Saints enjoy their tainted Super Bowl title.

  • DrZin

    Well, at least we’re in agreement on something: we’re both happy you lost.

    Since when is hitting the QB “dirty?” Is there not a STAT called “QB hits/knockdowns?” Every week we have teams talking about putting the QB on the ground. The only reason you’re upset this week is that the Saints did it rather well, and your D, which is known for knocking the QB around a little bit, was shut the f*** down.

    Curse us all you like, but if you don’t want your QB to get hit, block better; if you want to win the game, hold on tighter to the f***ing ball. But coming on to a message board and complaining about and blaming your loss on excessive violence in a football game is pretty gay.

  • Mike

    I never said I was happy the Vikings lost, only that I am happIER we lost than if I had to cheer for a dirty team like the Aints! DrZin doesn’t read too well for a doctor, but I guess southerners aren’t too smart.

    But I do want to thank the Saints dirty defensive coordinator for proving my suspicions that he wants to injure opposing QBs during his recent foot in the mouth comments about hoping they can injure Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl. Sick SOB like you think good sportsmenship is gay.

    It is now spreading across the web and the Saints will soon have the reputation they deserve for late illegal hits. The Saints can take their Lombardi trophy and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine.

    Maybe another hurricane can finish off the Sodom of the South.

  • DrZin

    Gee, what do you think of this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcqjClE7cuk&feature=player_embedded#

    Nothing NEAR that kind of shot was launched by the Saints; McCray may have fell on Favre’s ankles, but he was clearly just trying to reach in and tangle his legs up. Allen fires DIRECTLY at Schaub’s knee with his helmet in that clip, LONG after the ball was thrown. You gonna call him out?

  • Mike

    I have feeling Gregg Williams could be turned into a pillar of salt.

  • http://hotmail charlie

    you know mike repling to you is just feeding your blogs, but you crossed the line when you said another hurricane should wipe us out, your no better than chicago fans I hope one our kids play ball togather because my kid will be on defense, hope he gets a clean hit on yours and makes him a retard, so you can spoonfeed him daily. You feel that anger, thats what we feel when you make statements about our city washing away, don’t like it stay the fuck away

  • http://hotmail charlie

    after reading all your blogs i realize maybe you got the hit i was talking about, you sight the biased reporting of nfl live, which has been one sided ever since our win, and one paper which i did not read yet but i am, it is what it is, don’t like it sorry

  • http://hotmail charlie

    really on a alabama blog you are a real dumbfuck huh

  • DrZin

    Let’s assume, Mike, that everything you say about the Saints’ D is true. So a few guys on a sports team display poor sportsmanship and YOU, as an act of revenge towards those 5 or 6 guys, condemn and pray for the destruction of an entire city.

    Something tells me that neither the Saints nor anyone else has anything to learn from you regarding class. Your sense of proportion is also without much to teach.

    And thanks for agreeing by omission about the dirty hit on Schaub.

  • Mike

    Hey you cage’n clowns, stop putting words in my mouth. I never said New Orleans should be wiped out nor did I ever pray for it. Just saying God or nature may strike again for the city’s support of a Saints team who seeks to hurt Warner, Favre and Manning on the way to your tainted Super Bowl.

    BTW, I would never bring up any kids in a country this corrupt, especially one that allows Brett Favre to be injured with impugnity.

  • DrZin

    “Maybe another hurricane can finish off the Sodom of the South.”

    Sure sounds maledictive to me.

    “I would never bring up any kids in a country this corrupt, especially one that allows Brett Favre to be injured with impunity.”

    Wow. So the entire NATION was complicit in the New Orleans Saints’ defense’s abuse of Brett Favre! That’s EVIL!

    O.K. Mike, I think it’s time for you to get back to your rubber room now.

    Also, not Cajun. I’m German and Italian, so if you really wanna get back at Gregg Williams, you can say some nasty stuff about my actual heritage.

  • Mike

    I am on record here, along with a few others on this web site like traumacowboy, that the US government (eg Obama) seeks a Saints Super Bowl to help rebuild the city. I oppose both a Saints Super Bowl and rebuilding a city that sits below sea level, but I realize our taxpayer dollars will be wasted nontheless just like for every other stupid government project.

  • DrZin

    Well, at least we both prefer limited government, Mike. And if Obama’s pulling for the Saints, I just might have to give the Colts another look.

  • http://hotmail charlie

    mike i am cajun and if you want to see how dirty i can be meet me face to face and i will show you what roughing the passer, and yall voted in al franken and jesse ventura, so you should not bring up politics

  • http://hotmail charlie

    i guess next it will be george bushs fault the vikings lost

  • Mike

    ESPN just said again the NFL admits the refs missed the low hit on Favre and are now adding that it could have completely changed the game to a win for the Vikings.

    How in the world could the refs have missed such an obvious call? Who didn’t see that hit? How could a ref not know the Brady rule?

    This has all the makings of a full-fledged conspiracy, far exceeding the grassy knoll.

    Poor Charlie is unaware Obama, not Bush, is the President now. Dr Z is aware, but naively thinks Obama would let the Colts win. Joe can’t stop talking about all things gay, so he probably wants Obama.

  • Mike

    I hate the Aints! Darren Sharper is now saying on ESPN the Saints D will hit Peyton Manning even if he gets rid of the ball and then goes to the ground to avoid taking a hit. If the Aints win the Super Bowl as expected, either the rules will have to be improved and enforced or the NFL will become like ultimate fighting next year.

  • Mike

    ESPN is giving the dirty Aints at least partial credit for the retirement of Kurt Warner. Congrats you SOBs. I hope Brett Favre doesn’t retire because of your cheap shots.

  • Mike

    Pro Football Talks’ Evan Silva wrote today “Saints rack up even more fines.”

    As debate rages on about whether Saints coordinator Gregg Williams is running a dirty defense, his players are racking up fines. In addition to defensive end Bobby McCray’s $20,000 lighter pocketbook, Saints linebacker Jonathan Casillas and defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove have also been fined. They owe the league $5,000 apiece. Casillas was fined for striking an opponent late, while Hargrove’s offense was lifting and stuffing his opponent to the ground. Williams has made it clear that his idea of defense is to get “remember me shots” on the opposing quarterback. The league hopes that Hargrove and Casillas, who are both playing for the minimum salary this year, will remember these fines the next time they consider breaking the rules.

    Fat chance. The Saints need cheap shots on the QB (Warner, Favre and Manning) to win. They don’t care about either 15 yard penalties or $5,000 fines. A Super Bowl is needed to help rebuild the city of New Orleans which is worth hundreds of billions of dollars.

  • http://hotmail charlie

    you know what mike i took your shit all day with a grain of salt, just fun with the faggots like you that can’t get over a game for fun, you know. But now I realize what you are, sombody that was and will always be nothing, tring to live your life through your team. I understand that, but you go to far, alot. we never ask for people like you, but we deal with them. You talk like we cheated you, well if hitting the quarterback is cheating we did, if living your hopes and dreams on ESPN, which has not giving the saints any positive coverage we are, if saying we play defense to pressure the quarterback we do, but remember this, we will win and you can say its tainted, but at least we will win a superbowl title, yall never did and yall had three chances, guess yall should have played better defense, but then it would’nt have been dirty, you pussy, play the game before you talk about the game. I was an a division 4a player and I got hurt in college by a shitty hit, but I STILL love the game and have no bad regards to the person that ruined my career, YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME, maybe something you should think about you god damn pussy.
    P.S. i would fuck your mother to teach you a leson if her pussy were’nt so cold bitch

  • Mike

    Charlie, how do you feel about the players that gave you brain damage? Don’t worry at least you won’t realize the flood is ending your miserable existence as a dirty Saints fan!

  • http://hotmail charlie

    hey joe, isn’t doin his mommy in the butt the same as doin his daddy?

  • Mike

    maybe that’s why Aints are so dirty.

  • http://hotmail charlie

    mike the saints are dirty because they came out of your mothers asshole, did’nt know you can fit that much up there

  • Mike

    at least you finally admitted the Aints are dirty.

  • http://hotmail charlie

    you were the kid everybody used to beat up in school huh mike

  • Mike

    Charlie, your mommy wears army boots.

  • http://hotmail charlie

    apparently I hit a nerve to make you talk so elequently, do you still wet the bet, or do you blame the others and say they play dirty

  • Mike

    My father told me in his day whenever somebody said something nasty to you it was a joke to respond with “your mommy wears army boots.” I guess you missed that one.

    But you shouldn’t miss the new TIME magazine cover story “The Problem With Football. Our favorite sport is too dangerous” about all the college and NFL players getting so called “punch-drunk syndrome.”

    You should send a copy to all the Saints players. Then again, forget it, it is unlikely such dirty players that would spear other players laying on the ground would even care about other people.

  • http://hotmail charlie

    look mike this is my last post, i have taken alot of shit in my life, but i still believe that there is good in everybody, you can say whatever, you are just a bitter man who can not deal with the fact that you lost. You live in an ultra liberal state that thinks that there are no losers, so everybody gets a trophy. In real life that is not the case there are winners and losers, you can call us dirty all day, but the fact is that we won and we will win next week, thats what we do, I feel bad for the time I wasted on you, I was mean when I should not have been, but I love this city and I will defend it tilll the end as will you would with yours. So I bid you good day no need to reply Iwill not read this ever again, i’m done have a nice life

  • Mike

    Charlie is right that they “will win next week,” but it not because “thats what we do.” The US government told the refs to allow the dirty Saints to win the Super Bowl to help rebuild the city of New Orleans. His city is the biggest charity case in the country, and is receiving the largest welfare payment of all time!

  • Ryan

    The NFL made a great gesture ushering the Saints into the Super Bowl. A team that turns the ball over 5 times in a championship game probably doesn’t deserve to win. The foregone conclusion was that Manning vs. Favre would be the Super Bowl to watch, but with the ailing city of New Orleans needing a boost, the NFL rode in on a zebra and saved the day. Hurricane Katrina was a devastation for that city, that community and the people of the area. If the fans of that franchise don’t feel bad about dubiously winning the game, why should we? Take heart Vikings fans, at least you aren’t the Buffalo Bills…