Vikings-Saints matchup has all the ingredients of an instant classic

What do you get when you combine Brett Favre and Drew Brees, the No. 1 and No. 2 scoring offenses in the NFL, dangerous receivers on both teams, a banged-up Vikings defense and a leaky New Orleans r (Read more…) defense? An NFC championship game tonight that could turn into a video game come to ..

Sansevere: Vikings’ Shiancoe says Sharper will watch him score ’10 times’

Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe made a bold prediction Wednesday. Nah, he didn’t guarantee a victory. He did something far more absurd. He predicted he would try to score 10 touchdowns. And when I (Read more…)ignored his prediction, he flashed anger — mock anger. Shiancoe is a machine, a quote machine, and he was in ..

Tom Powers: Let’s not forget about the defenses

This must be what it’s like to be cast as a tree or a bush in a grade-school play. Starring as a dandelion is Pat Williams. Hey, it’s a big dandelion. Over here, playing a sunbeam is Antoine Winfield. (Read more…)Chad Greenway is a dewdrop. And on and on it goes, with members of both ..

NFC championship game was theirs to lose, Minnesota Vikings players say

Many Vikings players were careful not to pat themselves on the back after finishing one game short of the Super Bowl, but it was clear they felt the game was theirs to win. Minnesota was driving l (Read more…) in the NFC championship game, getting to the New Orleans 33-yard line, before a penalty for ..

NFC championship: Saints beat Vikings in OT to advance to Super Bowl

The Minnesota Vikings gave away a victory – literally – in the most important game of the season. The Vikings committed six fumbles and five turnovers, including an interception Brett Favre th (Read more…) with 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter as the Vikings were trying to get into field-goal position. The Saints got ..

Vikings will use silent count on offense

The Vikings will use a silent count on offense during Sunday’s NFC championship game. They’ll have no choice. It will be too noisy in the Superdome to use an audible, or cadence, snap count. Vikin (Read more…) quarterback Brett Favre said that’s a bigger problem than most people might realize. “Having to deal with that ..