And thus the connection between this Vikings-Saints matchup and the events of January 24, 2010, when the Saints beat the Vikings 31-28 to win the NFC title in a game that would be re-litigated for years in its connection to the Saints' Bountygate scandal, was officially severed. The play above may have bene qualified as a throw to the right side, where he is above average in every area except behind the line of scrimmage. And while it's certainly not a guarantee of anything in the playoffs - particularly in a stadium where the Vikings have lost just once this season - recent history suggests it does carry some weight.
Bradford is eligible to come back from IR for the game. And started up again in that guy's absence.
"All I know is I'm ready", Elflein said.
"I guess, in a way, yeah, you get an opportunity (for revenge), but we've got to treat it like any other game".
The Saints are looking at the Panthers the same way.
The New Orleans Saints head back to where the season started, and where they hope to end it: Minnesota.
"We just have to come out and play our game, regardless of who's mad at who for whatever reason", wide receiver Jarius Wright said. "So we've got our work cut out for us".
It's the fourth time under the current playoff format the Vikings have a first-round bye.
At the airport on Monday, it seemed like everyone was talking about the Saints. He reclaimed his National Football League single-season completion percentage record from Sam Bradford this year, connecting on 72 percent of his passes to lead the Saints to the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
It really could be, but first comes a monumental task.
But which foe is the best matchup for the Vikings in the NFC divisional round?
"First game of the season". Otherwise Minnesota might be coming to them. It should be hard for bettors to back Keenum and the Vikings in this spot when Brees is a superior player on the other side with much more postseason experience, including winning a Super Bowl ring. "Now, did we have some big, explosive plays happen? Yes". Rookie Dalvin Cook rushed for 127 yards but tore his ACL in Week 4. He's injured and unavailable now. Case Keenum completed 21 of 29 passes for 189 yards and a score while Latavius Murray led the ground with 20 carries for 111 yards and 2 scores and Stefon Diggs led the receivers with 6 catches for 65 yards and the touchdown pass from Keenum. The Vikings beat the Saints (Week 1) and the Rams (Week 11) before losing to the Panthers 31-24 in Charlotte in Week 14.
But the Vikings aren't satisfied yet, as they are also looking to make it to Super Bowl LII so they can play in their home arena (talk about home-field advantage). "I'm practicing. I'm rolling and ready to go".
Why didn't he just say friend? They're playing great defence, I know they've been running the ball well.
Perhaps the more pertinent game between the Vikings and Saints to think about occurred on opening night of this season at U.S. Bank Stadium, where this rematch will take place.
"So understanding all that, it will be a challenging week and we'll have to be ready to handle it".
A raucous crowd will only get more rowdy if the Vikings defense imposes their will early.
"He said, 'Do you want to go for it or punt?' " Brees said. "You nearly let them back in the game". The Saints can not hold up if Thielen is able to get the best of Lattimore in critical third down situations.
And yet Drew Brees was not about to gloat.
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