Vikings, Saints go separate directions

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 15, 2011 - 6:39 AM

Less than two years ago, the Vikings and Saints met for the right to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Only one of those teams still is riding that wave.

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vorenusDec. 14, 1111:37 PM

If your fantasy team is in the playoffs, start all of your Saints. It's going to be a romp.

barnessDec. 15, 11 5:58 AM

Let's be serious here. The NFL wanted New Orleans to win that game and the proof was the poor officiating in that game. Anyone who watched that game would tell you the Vikes got screwed! Plain and simple the NFL wanted New Orleans to win this game as it was good for the country in the wake of the hurricane that this city suffered from. It was nice they admitted there mistakes but as they usually would not but bottom line we didn't help ourselves and the NFL and the officials that day didn't do us any favors either. Should have been our year!

walleeDec. 15, 11 6:02 AM

This game will either show how professional this team is or how bad Frazier really is. If this team implodes it will be a direct result of Fraziers inability to lead. If this team loses in a blowout, which is more then likely, I can't possibly see how the Wilf's can even consider retaining him for next year. I don't see the Vikings winning, but being home they should at least hold the score close. Every top level team the Vikes have played shows how the divide is so great, that I have a hard time believing when other fans think all they need is a player or two to be a SB contender.

SpaceJunkieDec. 15, 11 7:07 AM

The Saints won because the Vikings probably were the first team in NFL playoff history to have 12 men on the field after a time out.

HalTCDec. 15, 11 7:46 AM

Barness is 200% correct. If the penalty had been called on the play when Favre was injured, instead of a turnover, the Vikings would have had a first down on the Saints 19 yard line. The NFL's apology rings hollow. There are still too many officiating errors in games, and those errors affect the outcomes.

joe_anokaDec. 15, 11 8:10 AM

I can accept errors but the blatant/obvious non-calls are unacceptable. Just look at Webb's facemask non-call on the last play in Detroit.

whiteclawDec. 15, 11 8:23 AM

What else is there to say, the Vikings are an embarrassment.

philgorngieDec. 15, 11 8:23 AM

The Saints have had a competent head coach for 6 years-the Vikings have a Pop Warner coach now and a buffoon previously. Vikings need to clean house ASAP

voner26Dec. 15, 11 8:47 AM

In both cases they were out coached. And yes the officials were as bad against the Vikings as they were for the Saints with all the no-calls. This game is going down in history as the worst officiated game in the history of the NFL. Are any of them still officiating? If so that alone tells you something about the quality of officials. Hopefully they will not be officiating in any playoff games.

petesakesDec. 15, 11 8:53 AM

great story, it made me laugh. funny stuff!


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