Saints beat Vikings in OT, head to 1st Super Bowl

Published on January 24, 2010 by     

NFC Championship FootballBrace yourself because you’re about to see words that never have been written before.

The New Orleans Saints are going to the Super Bowl. Seriously.

In one of the most entertaining postseason games in history, the Saints defeated the Minnesota Vikings in overtime in the NFC Championship Game. Garrett Hartley made a 40-yard field goal to send the Saints to the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history.

They’ll face the Indianapolis Colts in Miami.

To get there, they had to survive the legend of Brett Favre, who threw a costly interception just before the end of regulation.

Unheralded Garrett Hartley lifted the New Orleans Saints into their first Super Bowl with a 40-yard field goal in overtime for a 31-28 victory over the Minnesota Vikings for the NFC championship Sunday.

After a battered Brett Favre threw away the game with an interception deep in Saints territory at the end of regulation, Drew Brees guided New Orleans to the Minnesota 22. Hartley, suspended at the start of the season for using a banned stimulant, split the uprights.

Forget the Aints and the paper bag masks. The Saints will meet Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl in two weeks in Miami.

It’s the first time the top seeds in each conference made the big game since the 1993 season.

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