*In an exciting overtime win on a 40 yard field goal by Garrett Hartley, the New Orleans Saints defeated the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 to advance to the Super Bowl.
The now National Football Conference (NFC) champion Saints will meet the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Indianapolis Colts in the NFL title game on February 7 in Miami.
It took the Saints over 40 years to finally get to play in professional football’s ultimate game.
Carrying the weight of a beleaguered city and on their shoulders, the Saints, once nicknamed “The Aint’s,” withstood punch after punch and still held on to win the biggest game in franchise history.
The Saints can also thank Brent Farve for his bone-headed interception throw in the 4th quarter that lead to overtime and the subsequent New Orleans victory.
Earlier, The Indianapolis Colts overcame an early scare from the New York Jets, led by rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez, who jumped out to a 17-6 lead in the 2nd quarter. However, that was all they would manage to get. Peyton Manning and the Colts came back with 24 unanswered points to win the game, 30-17.