Vikes that everyone saw throughout the season. The Vikes have 5 turnover (3 fumbles) in the 31-28 OT loss.Two of the turnovers were in their red zone. The Saints gave the Vikes enough opportunities to win this NFC Championship and be going to Miami. Now the Vikes are 0-5 since their last Super Bowl appearance.
The defense did a good job throughout this game to keep the Vikes in this game after the offense committed mistake after mistake. The Viking defense help the Saint under 300 total yards this season. This is something not that man team have been able to do for most of the season. To start the game, the Saints were diving down the field with not much of a problem. In the second quarter and on the Vikes were holding the NFL's best offense throughout this game. Chad Greenway had another big game for the Vikes with 7 tackles. The Saint offensive line did a great job protecting Drew Brees throughout this game. The Saint line allowed 1 sack and was rarely scraping himself off the Superdome turf. The time that the defense really did falter was in the OT session. The Saints were driving down the field and capitalizing on Viking miscues and mistakes. This lead the Saint to attempt and nail a 40 yard fail goal behind the leg of Garrett Hartley, to set the Saints to Miami.
On offense the Vikes did not have a good game is an understatement. The defense of the Saints had a plan pressure and knock down Favre as much as possible. The Saint showed that early in the game and did do let up.Brett Favre had also suffered a lower ankle injury in the game by a non-call of the Brady Rule.The NFL's ironman did not miss a offensive play in this game.He was not sacked in the game he was peeling himself off the turf all game long.The first two Viking drives the Vikes were getting yards in chunks and exposing the Saints defense scoring two TDs. After that the Saints defense tightened up and let the Viking miscues start to fly. The Vikes turnover did indeed cost them the chance to go to Miami to face the Colts. With the game notched at 28 each and Vikes driving late in the game with less than a minute left. The Vikes were on the edge of field goal range of Longwell 51 yards. The Vikes were flagged for have 12 men in the huddle and a mental error and put them out of range(56 yards). The next play Favre did not have a receiver and tries to make something happen threw the ball in Rice's area and was intercepted for last time Favre would get his hands on the ball.
Despite the Peterson fumbling the ball twice, he had his best game in quite a while. Peterson ran for 122 yards on 25 carries and 3 TDs. In my opinion, Peterson is much like Favre. You can take the fumbles with his great runs and power to run over defenders. Favre had over 300 yards passing with 1 TD but 2 INTs. Both men played hell of a game with turnover both incurred in this game.
It sure was a great ride on the 2009 Vikings. No matter what happens we still have our loved ones and jobs to go to. This has been a great season and now the questions start up. Will Favre be back next season? Will Vikes look for a legitimate QB of the future? Will the Vikes get their stadium or will they be moving?