The Saints-Vikings score was high in January, as expected. But the Saints-Vikings score last night was pretty low, although the results were still the same. New Orleans didn’t need a last-second interception or an overtime field goal to win, as Brett Favre was kept under wraps all night. However, Minnesota’s defense kept them in the game this time, although it wasn’t enough on two key drives. Eight months after the last Saints-Vikings score, things have not changed between them yet, although whether they will be in the same place in January is uncertain.
The 14-9 New Orleans win followed a different formula than their original NFC title game battle. Things looked to start the same, as Drew Brees picked up right where he left off in his opening drive. But after the early 7-0 Saints lead, there weren’t many more points on the board.
The low Saints-Vikings score didn’t mean that yards weren’t being piled up. Yet none of the offenses could convert drives into points, although Brett Favre got something going to end the first half. A late drive ended with a touchdown pass to Visanthe Shiancoe, but the extra point was blocked.
In the first half, New Orleans barely used the run, but Sean Payton made a decided adjustment in the second half. The ground game powered the defending champs to another opening touchdown drive, ending with a short Pierre Thomas run. From then on in, the Saints-Vikings score did not change from 14-9, in favor of New Orleans.
Although the Saints never won games like this last year, and rarely even played in them, they started things differently in their repeat campaign. The defense proved to be a big weapon in the playoffs, and stood up to contain Favre again last night. With Minnesota only getting 171 passing yards, and 87 yards from Adrian Peterson, the Saints-Vikings score showed that the offense may not be at their 2009 form yet.
For New Orleans, they became the latest defending champion to win the opening Thursday night game. Of course, only the 2004 Patriots went on to win another championship afterward. There are still bound to be skeptics, especially since they didn’t light up the scoreboard last night. But with Brees still as accurate as ever, and with the defense stepping up again, the Saints sent notice to the Cowboys, Colts, Jets and the rest of the title contenders.
With the Saints-Vikings score now settled, both teams have some extra rest before their next, less-hyped games. New Orleans returns to the primetime spotlight on Monday, Sept. 20, at San Francisco, while Minnesota returns home next Sunday against Miami.
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