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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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38 Responses to “It’s Championship Sunday!”

  1. By Kelly on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    Skol Vikings! Lets roll boys. It’s our time.

  2. By OLD SCHOOL on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    RIGHT ON KELLY…RIGHT ON….LET’S ROLL THESE GUYS…ALL WEEK….SAINTS ARE SOOOO GOOD….HOME FIELD……..WHO CARES! JARED…PLANT DREW IN THE GROUND…PUT BUSH THERE TOO! COME ON BOYS….IT’S OUR TIME……DO IT! DO IT!

  3. By OLD SCHOOL on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSKKKKKKKKKKKOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLL!
    VIKINGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

  4. By TW Vike on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    Strum them BANJOS Saint fans! VIKINGS GONNA MAKE YOU SQUEAL BOY!

  5. By WisPurplehead on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    Been waiting for this moment for about 40 years! I am worried about the “dome” effect on our offense. Just hope that not having the home field does not come back to bite us! We have the players and chily better be able to adjust during this game(he has not shown that he could all season long) because it will be needed. Good luck guys, and SKOL to all fans of the Purple and Gold!!!!!!

  6. By Seana_Vikies_Yikes28 on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    GO Vikes Go!
    Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.
    Vince Lombardi

  7. By David on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    Banten down the hatches and man the oars men of true hearts and purple heads…today we battle to get back to the bowl to take no prisoners!
    Beloved Vikings hoard at long last our ship is coming in!! Rock it Brett and
    Adrian!!

  8. By hank on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    let’s plunder the southern port towns and put fear into the natives like the vikings of old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. By john on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    Wis! Worry? All you’ll get is a gut ache. Think positive man! The team knows what they need to do. Why all the second guessing? We sit on the couch and they play the game. It’s simple man! I’m not messin with any popcorn! I want to make a real mess when I jump for joy!!!! Go Vikes!

  10. By VikeOfsthun on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    Let’s go Vikings !!!!!!!!!! Defence rock their word and Favre hit the bomb with Rice over Sharpers head and bring home the Championship. Let the Williams wall with the Fire bomb ends sack the Saints into their own end zone. In hopes of a good strong win could bring confidence of going to the Super Bowl and breaking the 4 losing Bowls to a new begining of winning the Big One. Good Luck to Vikings of new and old.

  11. By blake318 on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    yall are weird. Talkin about pillaging villages and plundering? Is this football or dungeons and dragons? After the saints show yall what the deal is, you wont be plundering anything. Youll be too busy trying to come up with excuses. It was too loud!!!!!! Use that one. I like that one. When prince makes you a fight song, thats a good sign its not your year. Sorry wo dat

  12. By jimboslice on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    Lets go Vikes !!! Smack em in the mouth !!! This is gonna be a great game with the Wall of Purple Doom, Jared and Ray pounding on drew. Looking forward to watching Brett & Company light this game up!!! Nothing but good thoughts for our Minnesota Vikings !!!

  13. By Purple People Eater Fan on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    PANTS ON THE GROUND PANTS ON THE GROUND ALL THE SAINTS GONNA BE LOOKIN LIKE FOO’S WITH DA PANTS ON THE GROUND. SKOOOOOOOOLLLLL VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. By DCfaninDE on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    Oh but the burning question is what song should be played in the lockeroom this wk?? My guess is while the Saints are singing I’m in Miami Tricks, the Vikings may be singing something like If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it w/ the bodacious Beyonce who I’m sure would never make a song as gay as Purple & Gold or whatever. What a fool Farve has made himself out to be. I guess we’ll have to c him shed tears on tv again after today.

  15. By jbork88 on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    saints will be 0-3 in post season against the vikings when the day is out.

  16. By dude on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    What antenna channels will be airing the game. i live up north and the ice storm knocked out my dish. i cant miss this. fox? kstp 5?

  17. By KyWeaver on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    fox

  18. By TW Vike on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    I know KID ROCK is from Detroit’ but Princess has got to go! Let Brett sing PLEASE! THATS AWFUL!

  19. By Aitkin MN Fans on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    Is this the blog that will be live during the game?

  20. By stan on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    Good Luck from Lambeau…we still love you Brett, hope to see you next year back at 41

  21. By Andre' White on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    there is 7:57 minutes left in this game and you have fumbled 6 times. absolutley pityful.!

  22. By b-rad on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    FIRE ap he sucks all i have to say

  23. By Ali AB on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    AP is great, as well as Favre. They lost, should have won. They played great considering where they were playing. They would have won if Favre hadn’t thrown that interception but considering what he was up against along with the hits he took, who knows how he was physically and mentally at that point. But, he’s a big reason we got there and if the Vikes can keep the talent they have, Brett owes us another year. He will go out on top, he led the Vikes to Championships and he should give us another year, ONE MORE YEAR!!!!

  24. By Americas Team on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    In life what comes around goes around. I am a Cowboys fan. You guys beat us. But Farve changed the play just to get even with Dallas. Even with all the battles the Boy’s had with Farve, I still respected him….until he pulled that classless stunt to run up the score. Jared allen laughed about it. He didn’t make a play against the Saints the whole game. You classless Vikes fans thought it was funny….how funny is it now? Cowboys forever!!!!!!!

  25. By Todd on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    You Lost,you’re losers.Always have been,always will be.It was soooooooooooooo nice seeing Brett pick his batter ASS off the turf.Jared Allen where were you,at home praying for a real coach and Quarterback?And as for Childress the Bi-Queens were better off with Mike Tice.PURE PATHETIC.But Thats Minnesota for you.Maybe in 15 years you’ll go after Aaron Rodgers.

  26. By Todd on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    I’m with you Americas Team.The Bikings are a CLASSLESS orginization.Jared Allen was giving Brad Childress a rectal exam.

  27. By Americas Team on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    Farve will retire. So what do you do now Vikes? T Jackson isn’t going to get you anywhere. This was your only chance…it’s gone. We play you again next year…but this time you wont get to rest the week before while we play. Pay back is a bi*tch!!!!
    Cowboys forever!!!!!!!

  28. By Todd on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    Favre is already playing the wavering on his status for next year,I put up with it as a Packer fan and the Jets had to deal with him last year,guess what DEAL WITH HIM Minnesota,i just listened to his postgame press conference.It was the same one he did in Green Bay,i think he has it on a sound bit…Americas Team you guys had a great run.One of your big Offensive linemen should have put the star up Jared Allens ASS

  29. By Sammy on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings had a great season! Unfortunately the refs decided the game in the end! What a travesty and disgrace! The BS pass interference call and the catch that got them within field goal range which is an incomplete pass as he did not have complete contral of the ball and bobbled it which is the rule throughout the season if you don’t have control of the ball and bobble it, it’s an incomplete pass! BS all the way! I hope Favre comes back! I am rooting for the Colts which is a team I don’t like but I don’t like dirty plays from a team tryiing to take out Favre! I wish the Vikiings defense would’ve taken out Brees since their dirty plays of trying take out Favre! Eye for an Eye and all that!

  30. By WisPurplehead on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    Don’t anybody BLAME this loss on Brett! Chily had a chance to challenge on the spot when the saints fumbled. What was he saving them for the locker room! He could have left the first half with a lead. I only hope that Zigi gives him his reassignment to recruiting! He is no coach! (and with Percy’s fumbles, was he still suffering and just played anyway???)

  31. By Todd on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    WHO DAT WHIPPED YOUR ASS,WHO DAT!,WHO DAT!

  32. By Springs on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Brett does it again…thank him and Adrian (Mr. Fumble) for the loss.

  33. By daffodill1 on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    ok

  34. By daffodill1 on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    You know for the beating Brett took out there on the field and went back and played on he is still an MVP player. All the Vikings did a great job..even though the Saints played kinda dirty to me and the Refs, OMGosh..where did they get them from. There were alot of calls that should have been made on the Saints. Brett we all love you and we hope to see you back on the field again next year. You will be rested up and ready to go again, and with all the farm work you do that is a good work out so you’ll be stronger and ready to go again. Childress would be crazy not to put you back out there on the field for Minnesota.

    Vikings Fan,

    daffodill1

  35. By Duncan BC Vikes Fan on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Yes the Vikes played against not only a good but some what DIRTY team but against the refs and the NFL. The no calls,bad calls and booth review so called catch in OT was a flat out joke.
    Brett come back well rested and ready to rock. Hey Damon Allan brother of Marcus won my Toronto Argonauts a Grey Cup while in his 40’s. Age means squat. No other qb in the NFL could have stood up to that beating. You played like a true VIKING.

  36. By TW Vike on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Well put DUNCAN! These other CLOWNS dont get it! Simple, change TEAMS!

  37. By Wesley Savoy on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    This is an open letter to Brett Favre to help make him realize that retirement is not a good option!

    First, Brett Favre your the epitome of a person that strives to learn, moves forward and battles to conquer his demons as you grow through life’s learned lessons both on and off the field.

    Brett , you may not realize it, but, you have un-intentionally given yourself a second life as a starting quarter back in the NFL that could have you playing another 2-4 years of not good, but
    GREAT football!!!

    First you have a great coach and management team with the Vikings organization that not only appreciates your ability, (unlike what you were getting from the Packers organization in your final few years), but they understand how you think and what matters to you. You also has a GREAT young bunch of super talented guys around you, Your Team Mates, which are as hunger for the Super Bowl Championship Ring as
    you are, if not before the lose definitely now more after the lose.

    Brett, you said it yourself in an interview not to long ago that to win, “it’s the chemistry of the right players at the right time of the moment” which is very finite. Well, this is the moment, but unbeknownst to you Brett, this
    first year with the Vikings is just the start of what’s to come. Sometimes when things are happening in ones life that’s going great, (“better then one could hope for”) the euphoria one experiences can give them
    the sense of “this is it”, which can and does happen to most people who experience this and then they stop, and give up on the fact that maybe it’s only the beginning of something more, much more!

    I know it’s easy to sit here and write what I think, it’s not what I think, it’s what I know!

    Listening to you Brett over the season on how your were feeling and how you felt from week to week not only mentally but physically, Brett you did not feel your age! Brett as you stated “I felt the best in years”.
    Brett you felt reenergized, and it showed. You played like a 30 year old veteran in his prime, not some 40+ year old trying to recapture his by gone glory years. Brett you know more then anybody that you have
    more to give, you learnt more about the game and more about yourself this last season.

    There is no doubt that during the NFC Championship game you felt your age (maybe a little older then your age), but anyone who took the pounding that you did Brett, would too. Just ask Kurt Warner and Tony Romo how old they felt in there loses?

    But there is something more to why your not finished with the game that has given you so much, and what you Brett, have given so much to the game! And that’s something that only you know!

    There is no doubt that you may want to retire Brett. I know what it’s like to try and make a decision and not be 110% sure whether the decision is right until you’ve made it. Only once
    you’ve committed to a decision will you know if it is the right decision. Because what ever the decision it is that you make when you make it, only if it STICKS without any, and I mean ANY regret, only then
    will you know that you made the right decision.

    Before you make that decision, DON”T short change yourself. This is a once in a life time opportunity that almost nobody gets in their life time, ever, and you have it right in your hands for the second time.

    It’s better to try, and fail then to say NO! There is never regret in ones trying and failing, because you pushed on. But saying NO to not just any opportunity, but this opportunity that is here and now, and yours to make your own, that is a regret that time could never heal.

    If your decision is retirement, I’m sure that I’m not the only one hoping for it not to stick! I’m sure everyone in Minnesota (including myself) will be hoping right up until the kick-off of the first regular season game
    that it doesn’t stick.

    Hope to see you on the playing field.

    From you biggest fan in Canada,
    Wes

  38. By Theresa Brumley on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Too bad the best team lost. The Saints may be a good team but they didn’t show it Sunday the 24th. What they showed was that they could run over a 40 year old quarterback with little regard for the rules and maybe the permission of their coach. The Saints held the front line players of the Vikings and even receivers. It is hard not to say that the Refs weren’t trying to get New Orleans in the superbowl too. When I see replays of plays and the ref’s calls were obviously wrong, I have to wonder. I am not a big Vikes fan either.In fact I rarely watch football. But man, was that game rigged or what? Yes the Vikings shot themselves in the foot by their turnovers. Yes the last throw by Favre was terrible. But try running as injured as Favre was. Even someone like me could see it was only pure grit that got the Vikings quarterback back on the field after that tackal by two Saints players. By the way I thought that kind of tackle was ilegal. Anyway..I was going to root for New Orleans if they got into the super bowl; but not now. I don’t cheer for dirty players, teams, or coaches.

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