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Mr. Hippe’s Weather Report

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 24, 2010 – 6:49 pm

Tonight’s game is in the Louisiana Superdome, but that doesn’t mean Mr. Hippe took the night off.

After careful consideration, the Vikings official weather guru has determined that the internal temperature at the Superdome does not rest of the normal 68 degrees.

With the electricity in the air and the fanfare involved with this game, Mr. Hippe says it’s 71 degrees.


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Tonight’s Inactives

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on January 24, 2010 – 4:08 pm

Here are the Vikings inactives for tonight’s game against the Saints.  We should have Saints inactive players shortly.

QB Sage Rosenfels (3rd QB), WR Jaymar Johnson, RB Albert Young, CB Karl Paymah, TE Garrett Mills, LB J Leman, C Jon Cooper, and DT Latroy Guion.

UPDATE - Here are the Saints inactives:

QB Chase Daniel (3rd QB), CB Malcom Jenkins, LB Anthony Waters, G Jamar Nesbit, TE Darnell Dinkins, TE Tory Humphrey, WR Adrian Arrington, and DE Paul Spicer.


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Harvin Expected To Play; Players Loosening Up

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 24, 2010 – 3:47 pm

The Vikings have arrived at the Louisiana Superdome in advance of today’s NFC Championship Game against the New Orleans Saints. Several players are on the field loosening up and reports regarding players on this week’s injury report are beginning to emerge.

According to this report from NFL Network’s Kara Henderson, Harvin was of “so far, so good” status 6 hours before kickoff. Now, Harvin is among the players loosening up on the field. Also, this ESPN.com report cites sources as well as Vikings coaches and QB Brett Favre as saying they expect that Harvin will play.

The 2nd set of Vikings team buses just arrived at the stadium, so we’ll update you further if any more reports or information emerges. Also, you can follow the Vikings on Twitter (@VikingsFootball) to stay on top of all the latest information.


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Follow The Vikings On Twitter

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 24, 2010 – 2:12 pm

Are you following the Vikings on Twitter? If not, you should because just like the vikings.com Blog, it’s a great way to stay on top of Vikings news.

It’s an especially great way to follow the Vikings on game day. We’ll have the active/inactive players prior to the game, score and injury updates during the game and any breaking news after the game.

Remember, you don’t need a Twitter account yourself to follow the Vikings on Twitter. Just go to Twitter.com and follow @VikingsFootball.


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Bud Grant, E.J. Henderson Make Trip To New Orleans

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 24, 2010 – 12:11 pm

The man largely responsible for guiding the Vikings to 4 NFC championships and 4 Super Bowl appearances, as well as an NFL title in 1969, has made the trip to New Orleans with the team as they try to capture another NFC championship and Super Bowl appearance.

Legendary head coach Bud Grant, who ruled the sidelines in Minnesota for 18 seasons (1967-1983, 1985), will be the Vikings Honorary Captain in today’s game and will be on hand to watch Brett Favre and Co. try to advance to Super Bowl XLIV.

And the man who had a large role in the Vikings suffocating defense over the past 3 seasons, LB E.J. Henderson, has also made the trip with the team. Henderson was lost for the season in Week 13 at Arizona when he suffered a leg injury. While the Vikings have since advanced through the playoffs and to the NFC Championship Game with rookie LB Jasper Brinkley in Henderson’s place, there’s no denying Henderson was a major factor for the Vikings defense during the first 12 games of the season.


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It’s Championship Sunday!

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 24, 2010 – 11:38 am

It’s been a long week, but Championship Sunday is finally here. Football fans today will be treated to a pair of exciting matchups in conference championship games that will yield 2 winners and another riveting matchup for Super Bowl XLIV.

If you’re here reading this blog, you’re probably a person with interest in the Vikings-Saints game. If that’s the case, you have just a bit longer to wait for Championship Sunday to come to full fruition. The NY Jets and Indianapolis Colts will play in today’s first game. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. CT in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Colts are heavy favorites in this game, but the Jets have been marching through the playoffs as underdogs every step of the way. Rex Ryan, in his 1st season as an NFL head coach, has gotten to the AFC Championship game with an aggressive defense, a dominant run game and brash confidence that has inspired his team.

QB Peyton Manning is the Colts leader and is coming off another MVP season, the 4th of his career. He’ll try to lead the Colts to a Super Bowl for the 2nd time in 4 seasons and he’ll have to do it while navigating through an athletic and play-making Jets defense.

But while those are the main headlines of this matchup, I think it might actually come down to how the Colts defense plays. We know what the Jets will try to do offensively. They are going to run the ball. No team ran more often or more effectively than the Jets during the regular season, and the Jets are not going to change now. The Colts challenge on defense is to stop the run, which allow Manning and Co. to get a lead. If the Jets fall behind by too much too early, they won’t be able to play catch-up.

Right now there are 4 teams remaining in the Super Bowl tournament, but when the Vikings and Saints kickoff today at the Louisiana Superdome around 5:40 p.m. CT, there will be only 3 teams remaining. The Vikings and Saints will battle to play the winner of the Colts-Jets game in Super Bowl XLIV.

We’ve already set the table for this matchup and analyzed matchup upon matchup. It’s almost time to quit the speculation and machination and finally play this game. The Vikings and Saints were the 2 best teams in the NFC all season long and they represent the top 2 seeds in the conference, with the Saints boasting the NFL’s #1 seed and the Vikings being the #2 seed.

Both teams have injury concerns heading into the game, both teams have experienced and productive QBs and both teams have offensive-minded head coaches. The Saints were the #1 scoring offense in the NFL and the Vikings were the #2 scoring offense.

But the key to this game might be the Vikings defense, and whether or not they can stop the Saints high-powered offense and allow the Vikings offense to get a lead and tame what is typically a frenzied Superdome crowd. For the Vikings defense, it’ll be about their 4 defensive linemen and their ability to 1) shut down the run and 2) disrupt the Saints passing game.

Regardless of who wins and how they win, football fans are in store for 2 great games today, on Championship Sunday.


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