NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - It was a big win indeed. The three point margin of victory propels the Saints against Indianapolis in Super Bowl 44 on February 7th in Miami. The long wait ended Sunday night in the Superdome. The Saints needed an extra four minutes and 45 seconds to finally win the NFC championship trophy and trip to Miami.
The Superdome erupted on Garrett Hartley's game winning 40 yard field goal in overtime. The difference between victory and defeat Sunday night was the turnovers. The Vikings lost three fumbles and tossed two crucial interceptions.
The Saints defense attacked Brett Favre time and time again, hitting the veteran quarterback with solid shots. At Monday's news conference Coach Sean Payton said all those hits took a toll on Favre.
Payton said, "There's a long term affect with that it begins to have on the quarterback. You begin to get rid of the football. I thought they rushed us pretty well, and we handled that. And both quarterbacks got hit, and both quarterbacks knew it was going to be a physical game."
While Brett threw two ill advised passes, you have to give him a thumbs up for his tenacity to withstand the pounding. On the first play of the 4th quarter, Brett was hit high and low, he let the ball fly. He went down, and his pass went up and was picked off.
It looked as if he would not return; however, you have to remember this is Brett Favre. He came back and almost led the Vikings to victory.
On 3rd and 15 from the 38, Favre tried throwing a completion. Tracy Porter stepped in front of the pass and Minnesota would eventually lose the game in overtime.
"Probably should have run the ball, I don't know how far I could have gotten," Favre said. "In hindsight, that's probably what I should have done. I don't know how many yards we would have needed for a field goal. I knew we needed some."
Favre congratulated the Saints for winning the game, and he said it was too early for him to discuss his future. He'll need some time to heal, both physically and mentally.