Fourth postseason meeting between teams (Vikings, 2-1), Vikings posting 44-10 win in '87 NFC Wild Card Playoffs at New Orleans and 34-16 win in '00 NFC Divisional Playoffs at Minnesota, while Saints came away with 31-28 OT win in '09 NFC Championship Game at Superdome... The Vikings' defense has feasted off the noise and encouragement of their fans, holding opponents to just 12.5 per game in their building and holding them to 23 conversions on 99 third-down opportunities, or just 23.2 percent.
Vikings fans, anecdotally, are treating the upcoming playoffs in one of two ways: They are bravely touting how good their 13-3 team is, or they are nervous about Minnesota blowing a game in an unexpected, painful way. Both teams have changed so much that the first game tape barely was applicable, if it was applicable at all, for Sunday's rematch in their NFC Divisional playoff game.
"We've been very outspoken, since we found out we're having the Super Bowl here ... we wanted to be the first team to play in our own Super Bowl", said Rudolph.
Here's everything you need to know to watch the game, or follow along as we bring you the latest score, live updates and more. Not only do the Vikings appear to have a team capable of winning their first Super Bowl, 51 years and counting, they can do so by exacting sweet revenge when it really means something. Rhodes, Thomas' adversary on Sunday, is one of the best cover corners in the game.
"For me and Jerick, we're looking forward to the challenge (of Sunday)".
Bradford went 27 of 32 for 346 yards and three touchdowns in Minnesota's 29-19 season-opening win over New Orleans. Payton was the offensive coordinator in Dallas while Zimmer was the defensive coordinator. Lattimore finished tied for fifth in the league with five interceptions this season.
"I enjoyed the time I spent with those teams", he said of his interviews, "but you quickly get back into preparing for the Saints".
The Vikings haven't dressed three quarterbacks for a game since November 7, 2013, when Leslie Frazier was the coach and Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman all were active against Washington. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees leads the Saints offense, although their strength this season has been Pro Bowl running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.
Drew Brees vs Case Keenum. What about those of us who want to enjoy what is sure to be a series of epic playoff games, but aren't National Football League experts?
"We gonna eat that falcon", said one fan. This defense is just plain tough to move the ball on.
The Minnesota Vikings surprised everyone by securing the #2 seed in the NFC after their starting QB Sam Bradford went down with an injury (again). "I've been happy for him knowing the road he's traveled to get to where he is", Brees said.