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.
Drew Brees completed 32 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns to claim MVP rights while leading his New Orleans Saints past the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 Sunday at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL. New Orleans fans have waited 43 years for the Saints to win it all, and Brees was certainly estatic to give his beloved city a reason to celebrate.
“Just to think of the road we’ve all traveled, the adversity we’ve all faced,” said Brees. “It’s unbelievable. I mean, are you kidding me? Four years ago, whoever thought this would be happening…We just all looked at one another and said, ‘We’re going to rebuild together. We are going to lean on each other.’ That’s what we’ve done the last four years and this is the culmination in all that belief.”
Indianapolis was in control from the start, posting 10 in the first quarter while holding the Saints scoreless through the entire block. New Orleans then battled for two field goals before heading into the locker room to make it 10-6. Following a Saints onside kick recovery, Brees marched his men down field to earn their first lead of the contest.
Manning and Co. were able to bounce right back for six to reclaim the advantage, but from there it was all about the Saints. The final dagger came with 3:12 left in regulation when Tracy Porter jumped out for a 74 yard interception return. “Made a great play,” said Manning in disappointment after the game. “Corner made a heck of a play.”
The Saints are set to join the rest of New Orleans at the parade Tuesday afternoon. “It means everything,” said Brees. “We’re here because of their strength and everything they fought through here the last few years. They’ve given us so much support, so we owe it all to our fans.”
The Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints are set to matchup on January 24th at the Superdome. QB Brett Favre will soon be surrounded by a fan base he is all to familiar with, the ‘Who Dat’ nation. Even though he grew up cheering by their side as a boy, he’s not sure how Saints fans will respond when he and his Vikings step on to the field Sunday.
From a handful of conversations between Favre and head coach Sean Peyton, the Saints organization is well aware of #4′s original NFL roots. “I told him secretly I’m a Saints fan,” said Favre. “We didn’t think we were going to actually play. There was always an outside chance, but go figure.” The Kiln, Mississippi native will have to defeat his first love in order to fight for his second career Super Bowl victory.
New Orleans will surely be fired up with hopes to advance to the big stage for the first time in franchise history. Drew Brees racked up an outstanding stat line this season, throwing for 4,388 yards and 34 TD’s. This game could turn into quite the shootout, knowing both squads have averaged around 400 yards per game in 2009. Saints vs. Vikings tickets are now available right here at AceTicket.com!
The New Orleans Saints offense produced 21 first quarter points on their way to demolishing the Arizona Cardinals 45-14 Saturday in the Superdome. Drew Brees completed 23 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns. Reggie Bush racked up 84 yards and a TD from the ground in just five attempts.
The atmosphere supplied by Saints fans gave a clear advantage towards their home squad in the midst of domination. “There’s no fan base that deserves a championship more than New Orleans and the Who-dat nation,” said Brees. “Just the bond that we have with them is special. They give us strength. They give us motivation, and we want to do it for them.”
Kurt Warner and company struggled to find any sort of momentum this time around after posting 51 total points against the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card round. Warner has been considering retirement but would like to have the next couple of weeks to really weigh in his options before coming to a final decision.
“Obviously, as I’ve said a million times, I’ve thought about it a lot and have over the last couple years,” said Warner. “I have some ideas in my head, but again, you want to get away from the season for a minute and make sure everything you’re feeling stays that way.” The Saints will now host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday for the NFC Championship.
Following last weekend’s hard fought 51-45 OT victory over the Green Bay Packers back home in Glendale, the Arizona Cardinals (10-6) are rightfully fired up to take on the New Orleans Saints (13-3) in the NFC Divisional round Sunday at the Superdome. Arizona fans shouldn’t be shocked to witness another offensive heavy battle from both sides of the field, as Drew Brees and the Saints have ranked #1 in total yards gained in three of the past four seasons.
“Everybody thinks this is going to be an offensive shootout,” said Brees. “Obviously, I hope that we score a lot of points, but in the end, you have two defenses that play with a lot of confidence and play with a lot of pride, and I’m sure that they would have something to say about this.”
The contest will mark the first ever post-season meeting between the Cardinals and Saints. Kurt Warner last battled in Drew’s stomping grounds in 2007 when New Orleans continued on to take the 31-24 advantage. In that game the two veteran QB’s threw for a combined total of 548 yards and five touchdowns. Saints vs. Cardinals tickets are now available!
The New Orleans Saints controlled the second quarter with 21 points, eventually defeating the AFC East leading New England Patriots 38-27 Monday night at the Superdome. Drew Brees took advantage of the Pats young secondary, throwing for five TD’s and 371 yards from 18 total completions. New Orleans franchise QB was certainly excited to win over Bill Belichick and the historically dominant New England organization, saying “It only counts for one win on the stat sheet, but emotionally, those types of wins can mean a little more. Anytime you can win, and win that way, it builds confidence for you.”
The Patriots in their last three contests have suffered two losses to the two remaining undefeated teams this season. Many believed the Patriots outplayed the Colts at Indy two weeks ago despite walking away without a victory. It was clear who the better team was yesterday by the start of the fourth quarter when fans were yelling “Who dat say they gonna beat them Saints?”
“There’s obviously a big gap between us. It wasn’t nearly as competitive as we all were expecting,” said QB Tom Brady. “There’s a reason why they are 11-0. They played really well and we didn’t play up to their level.” New England will now move on to prepare for their next game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, December 6th at Land Shark Stadium. The Pats are currently in good shape to claim a playoff spot, but it looks as though they’ll have to take their campaign on the road come January.
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The New England Patriots find themselves atop the AFC East Division by two games heading into their toughest matchup of the year against the 10-0 New Orleans Saints. While New England stays undefeated at home following a big win against the New York Jets Sunday night, they hold a 1-4 record on the road. The only W they’ve claimed away dates back to October 25th in London, with the proclaimed home advantage going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Quarterback Tom Brady believes a victory on Monday would be the perfect start to the last few weeks of their 2009 regular season campaign. “We need a big win on the road,” he said. “We’ve had three opportunities and we’ve lost all three. This would be a great one to get.”
The Saints are coasting through the NFC South by five games and coming off a strong 38-7 dominating performence over the Bucs. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said in a press conference this week that this year’s New Orleans Saints team reminds him of Kurt Warner and the 2001 St Louis Rams.
“I can’t think of too many teams, I can’t think of any really, that are any more explosive than this team is,” said Belichick. “I’ve talked about the Rams, I’ve talked about the Chargers in the early ’80s, but these guys can run with anybody.” He then added that the Saints are “as good a team as there is in the National Football League this year, so it will be a great test for us to kind of see where we’re at.” Monday night’s showdown is set for 8:30 PM.
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The now 7-0 New Orleans Saints had four turnovers but still managed to post 35 points to the Atlanta Falcons 27 Monday night at the Superdome. Quarterback Drew Brees was responsible for two out the four, but made up for it with two passing touchdowns and 308 yards from 25 completions.
The Falcons couldn’t capitalize due to the fact that Matt Ryan tossed away three INT’s himself. “It’s a disappointing loss but it’s a long season,” Ryan said. “There’s a lot that can between now and Week 17. We’ve just got to take care of our business.” In addition to his few costly mistakes Ryan finished out the night with 289 yards and a touchdown. Atlanta was in control until the second quarter when the Saints really took over with 21 more points.
New Orleans has a light schedule ahead for the next few weeks with match up at home against the Carolina Panthers, followed by away games at St Louis and Tampa Bay. The Falcons are set to play the 2-5 Washington Redskins next Sunday in Atlanta.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is on pace to break Dan Marino’s single-season passing yards record. Brees has already thrown for 3,574 yards, and has 5 more games to reach Marino’s record of 5,084. His big night on Monday brought him even closer. Brees was 20-26 with 323 passing yards and four touchdowns. The New Orleans dominated the Green Bay Packers 51- 29, including a Saint’ franchise record 54th touchdown by veteran running back Deuce McAllister.
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