Drew Brees, Saints Head to First Super Bowl

They’ll face one of Archie Manning’s boys — the kids who grew up in Mississippi while their dad, Archie, played for the
New Orleans Aints. Peyton and the Colts beat the Jets earlier in the day.

The Saints overcame every imaginable obstacle en route to their overtime victory, 31-28. Five turnovers lost doomed
40-year-old Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings’ offense — Adrian Peterson coughed up two, and the oldest quarterback ever to start an NFC championship game threw two picks, including one to Saints defender Jonathan Vilma.

Saints

laissez les bons temps rouler

Deuce McAllister gets to present the NFC Championship tropy to the team’s owner, Tom Benson.
The confetti, still falling 10 minutes after the end of the ballgame, looks like metallic snow.

New Orleans' McAllister

McAllister

Full disclosure: I stood on the Superdome floor as July 2004 turned to August. That place can be L.O.U.D.

New Orleans quarterback

NFC Champion # 9

“This is for the City of New Orleans,” said Sean Payton. “I’m so proud to be able to coach these players,
and there’s no one else I’d rather hand this to than Drew Brees.”
Indeed, indeed, indeed. FINISH STRONG.

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