QB who helped steal Super Bowl berth from Vikings set to retire

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter /
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During the last decade, the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints have developed quite the rivalry. Despite not being in the same division, each meeting between these two teams always feels like a battle that results in numerous memorable moments.

It really became a rivalry back during the 2009 NFC Championship when the Saints escaped with a 31-28 overtime win thanks to their defense’s efforts to end the career of Vikings quarterback Brett Favre in what would later become known as part of the New Orleans “Bountygate” scandal.

The Saints went on to win that season’s Super Bowl and quarterback Drew Brees was named the game’s MVP. Coincidentally, Brees hasn’t been able to lead New Orleans to a second Super Bowl victory since his team’s defense placed bounties on their opponents in 2009.

Drew Brees won’t be missed by the Minnesota Vikings

Now at the age of 42, Brees will reportedly call it a career when the Saints’ current season comes to an end, according to FOX’s Jay Glazer on Sunday.

The veteran quarterback will end his career with New Orleans in possession of many of the franchise’s all-time passing records, including completion percentage, passing yards, passing touchdowns, and quarterback rating.

In 10 matchups against the Vikings in his career, Brees led the Saints to six wins. Since 2017, however, New Orleans and their star quarterback were only able to come away with a victory in two of their five meetings with Minnesota, including two losses in the playoffs.

In what appears now to be his final matchup against the Vikings, Brees helped the Saints obliterate Minnesota earlier this season in Week 16. New Orleans left the field with a 52-33 win over the Vikings and the veteran signal-caller chipped in with 311 passing yards.

While Saints fans will be forced to take time away from their NFL referee voodoo dolls to reminisce about all the times Brees failed to lead their team back to the Super Bowl, Minnesota fans will be happy to see the latest member of the 2009 New Orleans squad walk out the door.