Vikings' 2009 Super Bowl victory cured what ailed Minnesota

"Probably as some assistant in Kansas City, or something", he said, breaking into the hearty laugh for which he's been known during his time as Minnesota's "Garrulous Governor Chilly".

The Elo ratings are subjective in some cases, and the Tribune acknowledged that most of the Vikings' unexpected elimination games came decades ago.

Minnesota has scored 23 or more points in each of its home games outside of a 14-7 loss to the Detroit Lions in which it lost running back Dalvin Cook for the season after the rookie suffered a torn ACL in the third quarter. The difference for New Orleans here is whether they can put pressure on the Vikings front to get to Case Keenum as they have been one of the most balanced teams in the National Football League and if they can't keep their pivot upright this weekend it could be their downfield and spoil the chance to play in a Super Bowl at home.

Before the Vikings' 2009 Super Bowl victory, the state was shrouded in a pall of pessimism and negativity that pervaded almost all aspects of life.

Now for Minnesota, their defense is just as good - if not better - than the Saints offense.

Peterson was never going to be a fit with the Saints or fit into a backfield that already had Mark Ingram. That's why the Vikings success in these playoffs will hinge on how well its defense performs, beginning with their matchup against the explosive Saints.

Ingram added, "Yeah I feel like we didn't have an identity as a team maybe in week one".

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"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. "You are going to make me cry, for us to be here right now". As teams battle it out over the coming weeks for a chance to play in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota, fans get fierce when it comes to supporting their teams.

"Some things you don't talk about", he said. Thomas, in just his second year in the league out of Ohio State, finished sixth in the league in receiving with 1245 yards. However, the Carolina Panthers shut down the Saints rushing attack in the wild card game, but quarterback Drew Brees threw for 376 yards and two touchdowns in the 31-26 win.

The Vikings now have four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, but Kyle Sloter, who was inactive for the last eight regular-season games, definitely will be inactive again Sunday.

After last year's upsetting overtime loss at the Super Bowl against the Patriots, the Falcons enter this playoff season with one objective: don't repeat last year.

The Minnesota Vikings activated quarterback Sam Bradford off injured reserve, the team announced on Saturday. They've been mixing him in and getting him some reps here and there.

Home crowd and that defense should be enough for Vikings to inch past the Saints, who hope turnovers will help them score.

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