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Agonizing Defeat Ends Vikings Season

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 25, 2010 – 10:51 am

The stories have all been written and the outcome already well-chronicled. But for me, it doesn’t take paragraph upon paragraph of a game summary to characterize the aftermath of Sunday’s night’s NFC Championship Game.

It can be done in one word.

Agonizing.

The Vikings 31-28 loss to the New Orleans Saints in the Louisiana Superdome last night is agonizing for several reasons. The Vikings out-gained New Orleans 475 yards to 257. Brett Favre outplayed Drew Brees. Adrian Peterson had a great stat line (25 carries for 122 yards and 3 TDs), but more crushing fumbles. The Vikings had 31 first downs to New Orleans’ 15. We had the ball with 2 minutes and change remaining and 3 timeouts with Favre under center and the game tied.

It goes on and on.

Making matters worse is knowing that this loss will go down in Vikings history with other high-profile, big-game disappointments. The Drew Pearson Hail Mary. Four Super Bowl losses. Gary Anderson’s missed FG against Atlanta. Losing 41-0 to the Giants in the NFC title game. And now we add 12 men in the huddle to the list.

Through all of the disappointment and in spite of the agony, however, one must also credit the Vikings. They had a great season, going 12-4 to win their 2nd consecutive division title and secure a 1st-round bye. Favre had arguably his best season in the NFL. The Vikings dominated Cleveland in Week 1, pulled off a miraculous victory against San Francisco in Week 3, swept the Packers, went on a sensational 3-game tear coming out of the bye, picked up huge wins against the Bengals and Giants late in the season and dismantled the Cowboys in the Divisional Round.

But one trait that defines this Vikings team more than any other is resiliency. The team fought through adversity, from E.J. Henderson’s injury to the “schism” and everything in between. They were -4 in turnover ratio last night and yet had the game won with 19 seconds to play in regulation.

But the loss, and more specifically how the loss occurred, is agonizing.


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298 Responses to “Agonizing Defeat Ends Vikings Season”

  1. By Derek on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    We had 6 turnovers and only lost by 3 points! Give the Vikings defense a lot of the credit! They held the best offense in the league pretty good! If it wasn’t for the mistake we would have one by 14 points, but we didn’t. Thats the way it goes. Go gettem next year Vikings!

  2. By Lisa on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Heart wrenching loss, but still proud to wear purple and gold! If Favre comes back next year, and I hope he does, we should have a figthing chance. The Favre combo with Harvin, Rice, Peterson, Taylor, Shiancoe is hard to beat. However with the schedule that the Vikes have next year it may be tough. Hang in there guys….one of these years you will get to the big show! Let’s break the curse next year!!!!

  3. By Nate F. on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t think Favre will come back. He wants to but I think his family watched him taking a beating yesterday and they’re gonna tell him not to.

  4. By Dawn Foshee on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I would really like it if someone would point out the fact that Favre was hit below the knees, which should have been a penalty “The Brady Rule”. I am very upset about this because it was not make just for Tom Brady, but for all! If these teams can’t play a fair game they should sit! As for Favre, I have nothing but complete respect for someone who can take every hit that he did last night with such grace and style, and come back fighting! Vikings are not my favorite team (I am from Arizona), but I believe Favre is one of the very best QB’s to ever play the game. Don’t let people pressure you into anything. Honestly, it’s nobodys business what you decide to do except you and your family! GREAT GAME VIKINGS!!

  5. By Bigfan1 on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Ditto everything Mike and Derek said, hard to believe, very hard to take. We were definitely the better team last night but our own worst enemy. So many things happened some bad calls, fumbles, etc, but having first and ten on the Saints 33 with 19 seconds left and then an interception really, really hurt. Why not the field goal then and there…???What the 28/28 game with five turnovers equates to is phenomenal defense. Too bad, hopefully Brett will return next year and we get some good players in the draft.

  6. By number1packfan on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I understand the agony and agree with most of your comments. However:
    “Brett Favre outplayed Drew Brees.”
    No sir. No way.
    Drew Brees had a triple digit passer rating and didn’t make big mistakes. Brett Favre threw 2 picks and was responsible for a fumble. He finished with a passer rating just over 70.
    Brett inspired his teammates to play better. Brett was competitive and enjoys the game. He played mistake free football most of the year. In the end however, he was Brett Favre the gunslinger throwing the ball where he shouldn’t.
    The Vikings got what they bargained for in Brett Favre. That includes a playoff let down.

  7. By Bigfan1 on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Congratulations to the Vikings, the coaching staff, and the owners for a great season from a fan who was there from the 70s and native Minnesotan this was truly an exciting season.

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

    I would like to say THANX to the 2009 Minnesota Vikings! Hold your heads up! From a TRUE FAN OF 40 YEARS!

  9. By Nemesis on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I was really disappointed in how the saints won. I have seen the saints consistently trying to hurt brett farve almost the whole game. Late hits is no way to play football and I know one thing id for certain, they better not try that against the colts. If you can’t play fair maybe you don’t deserve to win in my opinion.

  10. By Jim on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Brett Favre gave us a fantastic year to remember. Favre is the greatest quarterback to play the game and he has the heart to back it up. We sure hope you come back for one more year. Next year will be the year the Vikings break the Super Bowl jinx and win it all.

  11. By Joe on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I find it completely unacceptable that we had 12 men in the huddle after we had a timeout. To me that’s just another example of the horrible game management displayed by Childress each week.

    Personally I dont think the Vikings will ever have a shot like they had yesterday to get to the Bowl. This was the year if it were to happen.

    Cheers to the Cubs of the NFL.

  12. By tim price on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Good Game Vikings. Yeah the turnovers cost the game. But I would not say that it was the last interception that did it. AP cannot fumble like that. Not sure what the solution is to get him to hold onto the ball.

    The Saints had alot of Cheap Shots on Favre last night. Intentionally trying to take him out. On a few I thought the players for the Saints should have been ejected fromt he game as well.

    Favre took a beating and bless him I am sure he probably wont be able to walk good for a week.

    I hope he doesnt retire. He is truly a legend of the game and would like to see one more shot at it.

    But cheer up vikings fans, after watching Peyton Manning disassemble the Jets number one defense, I dont think anyone could beat him this year, and KARMA will payback the Saints at the superbowl for those cheap shots.

    Colts 45 Saints 24

    I am a steelers fan , not a vikings fan but I have alot of respect for the vikings and their toughness.

    Good luck and fight on vikes.

  13. By Joel C. on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Tough Loss. One break our way and we win. But I have never been more proud to be a Viking Fan. Way to go Vikes on a tremendous season against more odds than most teams had. I have been a fan since 1968 and I think this was my favorite season. From one end of the team to the other you played together better than any team in recent memory. Thanks. Great Job Jimmy K.

  14. By Nate F. on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Everyone knew they were gonna kill Favre. Look at the Arizona game. They knocked Kurt Warner so bad he is now thinking retirement. Saints even said they were gonna focus on Favre and not the ball. They realized that Favre likes to pump fake and he’s good at stepping away from the pressure. Vilma said that was the game plan. It’s a dirty way to play but still like we told to Dallas fans: you don’t like it then stop it. let’s not be hypocrites vikes. I’m proud how they fought but you can’t FUMBLE the ball. Peterson fumbled 3 and lost two of them. I was glad how he hustled to get that one back but still no excuses. We turn over the ball and Saints capitolized on the opportunities

  15. By BladRnr on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    @Dawn:

    I agree 100%. Two “roughing the passer” calls before they went high and low on Favre. That should have been number three. I now despise Greg Williams. It’s one thing to want to pressure a QB and sack him. It’s another to want to physically hurt him. The Saints defenders left their feet on many of those hits to drive Favre into the ground. Where were the refs? They should have been warned after the 2nd flag that if it happened again, someone was going to get tossed. This is the playoffs. How about some eyes on the QB, refs! What a travesty!

    I don’t think anyone could imagine the punishment and abuse Favre’s body took last night. But he took it, got up, limped off, and came back every time. He is the best QB ever IMO. He kept them in the game, made plays and looked so much better than Brees who had multiple three and outs. The last pick was a mistake, but I’ll bet his ankle was killing him and he threw off balance because of it. Who knows. But that play does not define the season for the Vikes. Favre made everyone around him BETTER. Just ask them. I’ll bet every offensive player wants him back next year. I know I do. What a great year we had. SKOL VIKINGS!!!

  16. By DR on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Love the idiots who state ‘had the game won with 19sec left’…..as if a 52yd field goal is a ‘gimme’…Longwell is great no doubt but anything beyond 45yds in that stadium with that crowd is anything but a gimme.

    One thing that is a gimme, brett thowing 1 to the other team when its crunch time and the game is on the line…..I’d like to thank brett for another GREAT POST-SEASON memory!!!! Well done buddy, mission accomplished!

  17. By Kacee on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    What a year we had! It was wonderful, exciting, filled with nail biting anticipation, joy and frustration. Isnt that what its all about? I loved it. I agree the Saints were out to take Favre out of the game which was dirty. But you have to give Favre snaps, that man came in play after play hurt, he is a true athlete. I wouldnt blame him for retiring this year, all though I hope he doesnt and does one more year with us as quarterback, if not Zygie should be talking to him as an offensive coach. Good job guys, you made my football year so exciting and enjoyable. As far as Brad Childress goes, so many people have said he should go. I dont think so, look at the team he has built us since comming to the Vikings, yea, we didnt win yesterday but the way the saints played, the best team did not win. See you at Artic Blast in a few weeks!

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

    As a Canadian Viking fan for 40 years once again they ripped my heart out. But I’m proud of the way they played tough against many very poor calls or non calls. How does the NFL call that last pass by Brees a catch? Even with the booth review, what a farce.
    I hope Farve comes back. By the way receivers are taught to come back for the ball when their qb is in trouble. On that last pick by Brett his receiver Rice just stood there like he was stuck in mud. That gave the db time to scoot infront for the pick.
    The D deserved a better fate as did Viking fans once again.
    Well I guess I’ll cheer for Indy. I don’t want yet another team to win before my Vikes.

  19. By refs go home on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    first off i want to say i am not a vikings fan, but i’ve been watching nfl football for 40 years now, and never in my life have i seen so many bad calls, i feel soory for vikings fans and players, they had that game stolen from them. vikings were fighting both new orleans and the refs, viks never had a chance, refs will always win. i pay alot of money for the right to watch nfl football, i want to watch a fair game, not a paid off one!!!!!!!!

  20. By Nate F. on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    What’s with all of the Favre hate. He has the most touchdowns. he has the most INT but he also has the best touchdown/interception ratio amongst the Hall of famers. So statistically he’s the best. I seen 3 easy picks by Brees last night but our secondary do not have good hands

  21. By John Zembas on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    not a Vikings fan, but EXCELLENT game, love to watch Brett play the game. I hope he comes back for his last year, and can get the Vikings to the Super Bowl game next year. That also means that you guys will be playing in the Cowboy’s new Temple to Jerry Jones (ewww). BEST WISHES and thanks for a great year.

  22. By Dave on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    It was a disappointing loss yesterday and it did rip my heart out to watch.

    It was a great season and they were so close to a trip to the Super Bowl. Even with all of the turnovers, they could have easily have won. Yes there was some missed calls but that is sports.

    I hope that Favre comes back, he was such a great leader to the team and a great teacher of the game to our offense. I always enjoyed watching him play and his attitude towards the game is great. Please Brett come back.

    Let Brett come back in the third week of preseason to keep him fresh.

    Thanks for the great year!!!

  23. By boysrule on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Some teams are just not meant to be super bowl champions…………….wait a minute…………..Adrian Peterson just fumbled again!

  24. By Antonio on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Outstanding game. The best one I’ve seen in quite a while. The Vikings played their hearts out and so did Favre.

    I still can’t believe that they did not call the low blow to the knees during the game and gave the Saints an INT as well. But in truth, the Vikings really los tthe game on their own. The 12 men in the huddle penalty is inexcusable…that forced the Vikings to throw the ball and then Favre made a mistake he is known for at times.

    Favre is still greatness and I want to thank him. I’ve watched his whole career and he is by far the most exciting QB to watch in NFL History. There have been better passers and better athletes but none with the heart of #4. We love you Brett.

  25. By laurene on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    WAH….WAH…WAH…! IF HE WAS HURT WHY DID HE STAY IN THE GAME? MAYBE, HE WASN’T HURT! THE GUNSLINGER LIKES TO HAVE A CRUTCH WHEN HE SHOOTS BLANKS. HARD HITTING SAINTS DEFENSE IS NOT AN EXCUSE FOR YOUR QUARTERBACKS IGNORANCE. LOOK TO PAST HISTORY. AS YOU WELL KNOW HISTORY DOES REPEAT ITSELF.

  26. By Rick on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    These guys are better on the whole (defense, offense, special teams) than any team in Vikings’ history. We dominated the Saints in every category. Why does this comi-tragedy keep replaying itself? Is it the Minnesota culture in general that causes this? How is it that the Twins can win 2 World Series in game 7 and the Vikes implode? I’m so sad right now.

  27. By bass8 on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I am from Wisconsin and a Brett Favre fan, first and foremost…. WHAT A FANTASTIC SEASON!!!!Yes it ended on a very sad note but what the Vikings did all year is amazing…I too hope that Brett does not retire BUT it was hard to see him take all those hits yesterday. SO MANY OF US LOVE HIM AND MISS HIM AND HOPE THIS IS NOT THE END…BUT WANT HIM TO KNOW THAT WE WILL REMAIN FAVRE FANS FOREVER!!!!!(then of course you have the loudmouthed a-hole fans here in Wisconsin that would be glad if it is done)WE LOVE YOU BRETT AND THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL,EXCITING MOMENTS YOU HAVE GIVEN YOUR FANS AND WE HOPE THERE ARE A LOT MORE!!!!!GO VIKINGS!!!

  28. By cbestone1 on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    let’s try to do something all other NFL teams do……….. draft a QB and stick with him and develope him, not go after another old guy. look at the other teams that win they dont switch QB’s every year when are we going to get it…. maybe trade Mr. fumble away and get a QB that will be here years to come. for now we start over again if Favre retires if he comes back we start over the next year

  29. By Tony on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with the comments posted by “Joe” ; no excuse to have 12 men on the field after a time out, yet another example of “Chilly’s” inability to manage the game. Make him a GM and bring in a real game coach. This guy seems to make the least out of the talent he has. It is one thing to lose to a superior team, it is a disgrace to hand an inferior team a trip to the Super Bowl. The guy has the intensity of a cigar store Indian. Let’s hope his love affair with T-Jack is over or the Vikes will be 5-11 next year.

  30. By JLH on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    FUMBLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As a Vikings fan of 40yrs, I have never seen a team try and lose like they did last night. Not even the ’98 team. The only thing more pathetic was that the Saints were too bad to capitalize on the mistakes. Some questionable calls in OT, but too bad. The game should have never went to OT. Cheers to the Vikes “D”. 2 interceptions, and we were STILL tie?! Longwell had a shot, right up until Farve decided to throw an interception instead of running in an open sideline or throwing it away. Well Brett, you can now see your tean the Saints go to a SuperBowl. Peterson, your performance was PATHETIC……………. The fumble at the 4 cost us the game. Nice teamwork with Farve………….

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

    Enough of Favres &APs miscues! I would like to you guys put on #4 &take the BEATING Brett did! You dont have the HEART! And by the way Troy A & Joe B are getting married! Its a DALLAS THING!

  32. By Ashley on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Last night my five year old sat in the car on the way home and said mom….. we lost, we lost. It was so sad, even for my five year boy. I want to say that we fought really really hard last night. Our defense did great. The offense should have won it for them, but it didn’t happen and our turnovers cost us a chance at the superbowl. But oh well, there is nothing we can do about it now. I was only fourteen in 98 and I didn’t care about football until then when I watched my dad and ten year old brother cry. This time I was right there with them. But at least we have been there four times. The Saints have never until this year been there. Both teams were hungry and they won. I think now its time to focus on what can make this team better. We have a young offense, exept favre, and they are great. We have an awesome defense and pretty much all of our players are likely to return. I don’t think Favre will. I think he had a tough season, he did great, and help our team and I love him for everything he did, but if he is done, i would be if I were him, then we have to look to the future. Lets get a QB in the draft and nice strong safety. Lets get EJ healed and we can be back next year more dominate than ever. Plus we play the saints in new orleans during regular season next year, so we will get our revenge. GO VIKINGS…. Win or lose I will always love you.

  33. By truth above all on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    great game – vikings could not have done it without favre -

    the guy has no class – but he is a gritty player -

  34. By Carey on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Brett is the reason for the season. If he retires, football just became lifeless in my opinion. I’ll understand it, but I’m not ready for him to go yet. He brought a life to the Vikings they won’t have without him. Great season Vikings, I’m glad I got to be apart of it. Hope to do it again next year.

  35. By rob on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Favre jersey ……………………………………………………… $180
    airfare to New Orleans ….. …………………………………..$345
    ticket to NFC championship game ……………………….. $ 850
    rooting for the man you spent 16yrs hating …… $ (your soul)

    watching Favre throw an interception at the end of the game and dash your superbowl dreams ……………………………………… PRICELESS

  36. By JLH on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    TW Vike, They are getting paid MILLIONS to win. Farve was “bought” here to win. I’m tired of hearing the excuses………… They had the best team in the NFL and BLEW IT.

  37. By WaltM on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Theres a lot things the Vikes coulda, shoulda and woulda done. As a whole the Defense did there job in spades. The offense were able to to do what most teams couldn’t do, keep pace with the saints. The focus will be on Favre for the interception and he will take responsibility for that and not winning the game. The offense let the team down and let Favre down. But they didn’t give up and were able to position themselves to possibly win the game. The fault can’t be solely on Favre though it will be. Football is a team sport and you have great players. But players don’t make the team. Its the combination of these players that make a team let alone a great team. The Vikings have a great combination of players on offense and defense which is why the game was so close. The Saints got lucky and by far they were not the best team yesterday. But as the saying says “On any given Sunday” anything can happen and the Saints won.

    I am not a Viking fan, but I did follow the Vikings this year and were clearly impressed. If everyone returns next year, I feel sorry for the other teams. The Vikes will be seeing blood and will make a statement. Great game You guys played well.

  38. By dugass on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    From a lifelong Saints fan – Thanks to all the Viking fans who visited New Orleans. The many I spoke to (both before and after the game) were all gracious. Dispite the outcome of the game – I hope you enjoyed our city, our food and our people. Good Luck next year.

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

    JLH Brett didnt lose the game alone!

  40. By JLH on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    TW you are correct. AP helped ALOT.

  41. By Seenitbefore on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    It was an awesome game. Exciting all the way to the end. Being a life-time Packer fan it was still hard for me to watch. Granted, I didn’t want the Vikings to win, but part of me was sorry for you guys. Now you know how it feels from our side. Brett helped win us a Super Bowl, but there were many times he helped lose big games for us (’07 NFC Championship come to mind). I truly hope you guys get over this, it sucks.Tere is always next year, and saying that, I hope Brett doesn’t drag his off-season out with you guys.

  42. By CHilz on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Vikes keep your heads up! You do it next season! Heart-breaking loss to the Saints is momentum into next season! Kick some butt and show everyone that that is not the Viking Way but winning is! Show them what you got because i know it is in there!

  43. By kallieann33 on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    in the last minutes of game in new orleans, why didn’t coach brad childress call for a field goal instead of going for more yards? Vikes could’ve won!!!

  44. By CHilz on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    JLH shutup it was a great season and a great game! GO VIKES!!!

  45. By JLH on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    LOL, Chilz, I put 40yrs into backing the Purple Gang, Now I’m here to complain.
    I’ve earned that right. LOL

  46. By Jim W. on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    THANK YOU TO THE VIKINGS FOR ANOTHER EXCITING YEAR. FOR A YOUNG TEAM, YOU SHOWED THAT YOU CAN NOT ONLY PLAY WITH THE BEST BUT THAT YOU CAN WIN OVER SOME OF THE BEST. I HOPE THAT EVERYONE ON THE TEAM RETURNS NEXT SEASON. THIS TEAM WILL ONLY GET BETTER.

  47. By Bill on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Hey, has anyone seen butt boy chilly drop off grandpa at msp today? Enjoy your offseason vi queens.

  48. By Stephanie on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    still hurting today. it was so hard to watch Brett get absolutely drilled and hit all game. what a warrior. not many other QBs would come in after having to get picked off the turf time and time again. It was hard to watch Deanna wince on the sidelines with every hit he took. does anyone think that the reason Brett opted to throw it instead of run with the ball on that last play was b/c his ankle was hurt and he didn’t trust himself to try and run? Brett helped lead this team and I almost would rather have a blowout than have so many missed opportunities and to come so close. I would retire if I were Brett b/c his body can only take so much of a beating. I wish he was younger b/c this team played so well this year. I just don’t know if he can take another NFL season physically. he’s human, he’s not indestructible although we may think so sometimes.

  49. By Sergio Lozada (mexico city) on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Fumbles, interceptions, worst pass decision in crucial moments, peterson, favre and the worst pass defense of all time makes the minnesota vikings again, again, again, its out , thanks for nothing favre (last interception) peterson (mr. fumble) you are pathetic in crucial games, never, never the minnesota vikings go to the super bowl NEVER you understand? I am a viking fan # 1 but im no resist the idiots in my team.

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

    JLH Percy & Bernard helped too! I to am a FAN of 40 years!

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

    Thank you CHilz!

  52. By CHilz on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    No thank you TW Vike.. at least we stay true to the Vikings.

  53. By Seenitbefore on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    @Stephanie I think Brett didn’t run it was because he is a pass first QB. He wants to make the big play. I don’t blame him, he has the arm to do it, but sometimes he goes back to the “Gunsliger” mentality and it shoots him in the foot. . . no pun attended. Still, you guys have a lot to look forward to, Brett or no Brett. AP might have issues carrying the ball though, and that can become a mental issue.Tavaris might have run it though. . . . .

  54. By hippster on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    its one thing to have to play the saints ,its another to have to play the saints and the refs . this was one of the most disscussting displays of favoritism ive ever seen.i have lost all respect for the NFL.anyone watching this game can tell that this leage picks and chooses its winners in advance.that group of refs were most certinly all for the saints.The NFL should be assammed for putting such a hometeam i fell sorry for louisanna officating crew of refs on the field .what a joke

  55. By RoughingWhatRoughing on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    A QB getting hit in the legs does not automatically invoke the Brady rule. Read it and understand it before you cry foul. So Favre was on his back most of the game; most if not all were clean hits (ala Romo last week). Again, read and understand the roughing penalty. You can’t have it both ways Viking fans. If the team didn’t like it, the coaches should have given the O-line some help. If it was an issue, don’t you think Favre would be making a big deal out of it? It’s been a good run but it’s time to hang em’ up for good Brett…your wife and family can’t take the thought of you lying on your back like that again in real pain. Remember Deanna, you wanted this too.

  56. By Derek G on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Congratulations Vikings on a great year!

    While we can’t blame the loss completely on the refs, the Vikings organization and their fans deserve an apology from the NFL for the horrible officiating in overtime. The ball was fumbled before it reached the first down marker on that 4tth and 1 play. That catch that hit the ground, was reviewed and still called a catch, that’s on of the worst calls I’ve seen.

    If Favre comes back next year, we will get it done!

  57. By Angie on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Brett Favre……….PLEASE don’t retire. Montana Vikings fans LOVE you! Please, Please, one more year. Please! It was magical being able to cheer for you in your purple jersey this year.

  58. By Michele on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I was so glad to see that New Orleans won. I am also glad that Brett Farve will be watching the super bowl from home this year.

  59. By dgtalmn on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Great game, the kind I love, down to the end and no blowout. Favre played a great game, unfortunately the gunslinger took over in the end. Too bad since he really was focused all year. Sure hope he comes back. Adds so much to the game. Only one thing Brett, make a decision and stick with it this time. :)

  60. By ike on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Thank you Brett and Vikings for an amazing season. Looking forward to next season

  61. By Derek G on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Kudos to our defense for keeping us in the game, even with the 6 turnovers

  62. By Joel C. on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Ok RWR you have just handed the ball off and your following through with the play without the ball and out of nowhere the defensive player knocks you on your butt. He wasn’t blocking he wasn’t even faking … most defensive players are going for the guy with the ball. They avoid the block. Not this guy and not the guy who KO’d Curt Warner last game. The intent was to injure legally. That sir is wrong. And is suppose to be penalized for. They do it to Peyton and they will call it.

  63. By M Morrison on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Very cruel thing to post: “was so glad to see that New Orleans won. I am also glad that Brett Farve will be watching the super bowl from home this year.”

  64. By randy on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    hey Vikings fans!! I hope you don’t mind if I comment here as I am a cowboys fan! But you guys got robbed! I think the officials must have been paid off! From the late ( and often) hits on Favre, to the last first down made by the aints! I feel for you guys cause I think The Vikings were the better team!! And,OMG,Favre to get up time and time again after the late and hard hits, the Dude is amazing!! Anyways, hats off to a great season!! Ya’ll were Robbed!!

  65. By Larry Sims on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I am a fellow Mississippian and a Favre fan as he is also a USM grad but I was a Vikings fan for years before that, since I was kid, and I have seen all the heartbreakers through the years. Last night’s loss was hard to watch but I don’t believe that Favre’s late interception was the cause. It didn’t help for sure, but there had been numerous turnovers already that he had nothing to do with that surely had as much to do with things. His late interception stalled a drive that could have turned into a score but penalties by the defense after the interception kept the Saints energized and the ball moving. As much as anyone, I wanted to see two Southern-raised QBs duke it out in the Super Bowl but I think things turned out the way they should have. By that I mean, I am not sure if they had won, Brett would be in good enough physical shape to play his best game, and despite having superior yards gained and time of possession, the Vikings (or any other team for that matter) should not go to the SB after last night’s performance with umpteen turnovers. My heart goes out to all Vikings fans, the team, and in particular, to Brett and his family.

  66. By M Morrison on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    This was the most disappointing lose I have ever seen in my life. I have always been and always will be a Vikings fan. They were SUPERIOR to the Saints. they “out classed” them! But kept turning it over and over! They defeated themselves. Also Brett was brutally attacked…many times late useless hits by tackles! Not ok…it was very disturbing and hurtful to me….I do not respect teams like the saints who play dirty!

    What makes it worse is that they would have easily beaten the colts! They would have won the Super Bowl! They were robbed by poor calls when the receiver at the end TRAPPED the ball on the ground and in the short yardage bad call. This game was the worst game I have ever seen since Drew Pearson interfered when I was a kid and saw that game.

  67. By M Morrison on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    typo: disappointing loss

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

    Am I the only football fan who sees that Rice should have helped his qb out on that last pick. You have to move back toward your scrabbling qb. He stood there while the bd just jumped infront for the pick. The other pick should have been taken away on that no call hit below Favres Knees

    Are you bloody joking Roughing. The guy went under his knees.That’s to do one thing, take Brett out. Saints played as DIRTY a game as I’ve seen in a very very long time. Late hit after late hit,not called. That’s not whining that’s the bloody truth. So much for the NFL wanting to protect it’s qb’s.
    Think Manning won’t get those calls for him. Yah he will!!! Payton Manning the NFL’s sweetheart qb. Saints will be the Aints in two weeks.

  69. By M Morrison on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I agree Duncan….cruel and brutal…losers who saw talent and stole the easy victory from our Vikings! Out classed…

  70. By Rik on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Is it just me that thinks the touchdowns have gotten really cheap over the last 40 plus years. That one they gave R Bush was one of the saddest things I have ever seen !!!

  71. By dave sauza on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    This was a classic Favre finish! As a Packer fan I love the out-come of this game. Earlier this season Farve had the gaul to say “this is the best team I’ve ever played for.” WRONG!! He still only has 3 MVP’s, 2 NFC championship trophies and 1 Superbowl ring, and they were all won while playing for the Packers. This will teach him a little lesson on burning bridges. We all know he’ll be admitted into the H.O.F. but I hope The City of Green Bay changes “Farve Ave” to Traitor Ln and NEVER retires his number for dragging possibly one of the finest organizations in all of sports through the mud.

  72. By Jerry Kuna on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    How would you like to go through what we witnessed yesterday for the past 40 years, as a Viking fan since youth? It was by far the most gut-wrenching, disappointing sports event I’ve ever witnessed; I felt as bad as a failed romantic encounter in my past as far as the hurt word goes.But it was the WAY we lost that was especially hurting; within a long field goal of a trip to south Florida…..but here’s the key, fans: common sense, which isn’t so common anymore (apparently) lost this excursion for us. 1) You don’t risk a pass in that position, a position where a long field goal can earn you that trip, especially knowing the Saints secondary, and 2) You need to be more careful in your player count on the field (12) at crucial times like this. This all isn’t rocket science. Sure, the fumbles were keys as well, but the end result could have been averted by thoughtful planning. No, Brett, it’s not solely your fault, and thanks for giving us one GREAT year, and please come back. The Saints luck is due to run out, as they have won a lot of games this way on “the ball bouncing their way”, etc.We really outplayed them statistically, and can at least say that. Now, we need to take Sunday’s game as a learning experience for the future. Come back, Brett, I can’t imagine those receivers, or the team, going this far next year with another guy (other than a Tim Tebow or the like), at the helm………

  73. By M Morrison on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Saints deliberately body slammed Brett! And the late hit from 93 was obviously deliberate! They took even his legs out! I mean come on! This is football….remember?

  74. By vikeforever on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I am a 40 yrs Vikings fan. My God, what is with the Vikings & championship games. What a history, Hail Marys, missed field goal,dropped td pass in the end zone, the Giants debacle. I really thought this was the year & we all are left stratching our heads. Even though they gave up turnovers, Saints only got 7 pts.They were trying to give us the game but we still manage to make history. I am still in shock but will remain a Die-hard fan, & I do mean DIE HARD!!!

  75. By M Morrison on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I agree Kuna. I was very troublied by this…it was obsolutely not funny! The Super bowl winners (Vikes) were cheated of their victory by bad players, LOUD noise and bad officials. I will never forget what I witnessed!

  76. By Joe smith on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    It’s spelled,,,,FARVE,,,,just like it’s pronounced. PERIOD. Vintage Farve at the end there. OH well,,,,COWBOYS next year in thier own HOME stadium,,,Superbowl….woot woot

  77. By Stephen S. on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Despite the -4 in turnovers the Vikings were marching down field through a tough Defence and looked to have the game won with one of the best kickers in the NFL…but was torn apart by a referees NO call of a pass interference. What’s with that..are the refs looking to help the saints becaues they feel sorry for New Orleans Kitrina tragedies..The Best team in that game did not win…

  78. By Dough Boy on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    More turnovers than a Pillsbury Bake-off!

  79. By dave sauza on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Boo-hoo to all you who think you got cheated!! Grow up!! I always knew only women wore purple!!

  80. By Michael on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I am 51 years old and a 38year Viking fan from Virginia. I painfully recall as a young teen beening heartbroken watching the Super Bowl defeats at the hands of Miami, Pittsburg and Oakland. 11 years ago I was again floored by as I watched our field goal kicker miss a “lay up” for the NFC Championship.

    Now as a father of an 11 and 8 year old boys I have created Vikings Fans that shared the heartbreak with their old man. I see the word “cursed” floating around. But it was a great year. The most exciting year since the 70′s but gosh how draining.

  81. By VikeOfsthun on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Well the story lives on and Favre gave it his all. The game was in hand and a mistake anyone could make. If he had completed it or ran for it maybe another time but I will never give up on the Purple as we Vikings hold true to our heritage and our beliefs we will provail. the whole team deservsed the win as the better team is not going to the Super Bowl but a team people feel sorry for that is my belief. They did nothing to advance the ball in the ot as it came down to very obvious calls. The media is afraid to point this out or is it just my judgment that all 3 calls were not over turn due to ref not willing to take a stand and the pass interference as the reciever was not even touched but dived for a non catchable ball. I have said my peace but still feel the Vikings are the better TEAM !!!

  82. By rob on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Not many ViQueen fans like to talk about this, but a year ago they made a pact with Satan. True story. They thought that by welcoming their mortal enemy for the last 16 yrs into their family they could actually win a championship. As enticing as the offer sounded, they forgot that nothing is worse than selling your soul. Today they realized that not only did they lose another big game, but they also lost their pride, dignity and character. Let’s pray for the forsaken viqueens of Minnesota.

  83. By M Morrison on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I agree! i am VERY PROUD of my team! Although is was very painful, I respect the Superbowl Vikings! Job well done! Thank you for marching down the field and preparing to score again and again despite the MANY turnovers!

  84. By Deanna on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Favre & the Vikings had an awesome season! I loved watching them play every week. Favre plays with his heart & puts everything on the line, every play & that’s why I love seeing him on the field. It’s a shame that all anyone will talk about (once again) is the fact that his last pass was an interception when there were plenty of other missed opportunities that weren’t his fault at all. You can’t blame any one individual for the loss, it’s a team sport. Maybe we can blame the refs instead:) I really hope he comes back for one more year!!! Wish they’d play here on the West Coast too!!

  85. By CJ on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I hope Brett comes back next year. I’ve been a lifelong Packer fan, but became a Vikings fan this year. The Saints are dirty players as evidenced by their three personal fouls. Hopefully, all of the players will be healthy next season and ready to flatten other teams. Come back Brett.

  86. By M Morrison on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I do hope the Colts kick the _____ out of the Saints for what they did though…

  87. By CJ on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Right you are. There were more than a couple penalties that weren’t called against the Saints. They are dirty players.

  88. By Lions Fan on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Hopefully Brett will read some of these comments. He is a true warrior and a great leader who inspired his team. You can’t take anything away from him. Congtats to the Vikings. It has been an honor to watch the greatest QB of our lifetime play a game that he loves. Hopefully, if he decides it is best for him, his team and his family we may get to watch him play another season and lead the team back to the playoffs. Great job Brett and great job vikings!

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

    As a diehard Canadian football fan my teams have always been The Vikings in the NFL and the oldest professional team in North America, The Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. Both teams have given me more heartache than anyone can imagine.
    Toronto plays in an eight team league at this point but has been around since 1873. They have only won 15 Grey Cups and finished last this year.They’ve won 5 in my 47 years. I had seasons for 20 years before moving west 7 years back. At least I’ve experienced crazy Grey Cup partying and winning a championship. There’s no better feeling.
    I can’t imagine having Viking seasons year after year and never winning the Super Bowl. It’s hard enough watching this on tv. The pain long time season ticket holders must feel today has to be insane. Yet year after year they have the best fans in the league as far as I’m concerned. I really feel for these folks.

    Brett needs to come back and finish what he started. He’s 40 years young.

  90. By Nancy on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    As an NFL fan an a total observer– the Vikings outplayed the Saints in every aspect except getting the right calls. That injustice aside- as a life-long Red Sox fan– I endured heartbreak after heartbreak – some were awful. Then one day- my team rewarded me with a World Series. It was unlike anything ever. What I am saying is your team is too good not to win one day soon– I was a Fisk fan- my team didn’t win with him but they won for him. And with all the heartache- when they finally did win it made it all the sweeter. Oh yes— I am also a die-hard Bills fan- so heartache is nothing new to me. Jim Kelly was my man– so close– couldn’t have gotten any closer than we were— and that was for it all. Keep lovin your team– they will reward you for your loyalty — and when it comes, and it most certainly will, you will enjoy it all the more. Brett Favre is a warrior – I hope he comes back again- I know he has something left to give this game that we all love ( horrible officiating aside )

  91. By Chaz on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Tough way to go down ,but Looking forward to
    seeing Brett next season. Look at it this way up until this last game The vikings were on a role that in itself is amazing. last time we came this far was 1998 or 2003 somthing like that I dunno, but I do know this was only his first year with these guys just think what a second could be like! hopefully, we still have guys like Pat Williams. I’m a viking fan and we are use to this happening to us thats what makes are skin thick. Brett we viking fans are looking forward to your return Chaz yes you to Chili.

  92. By Packer fan for 40 years on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    So proud of you Brett – you are the best ever!!

  93. By Nate F. on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    http://www.kfan.com/mediaplayer/?station=KFAN-AM&action=listenlive&channel_title=

    vikings radio 24/7 tune in guys

  94. By sc on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Proud to be a Saints Fan and it is our time – that being said I think Brett Farve was an inspiration to everyone – he never gave up – it would have been much easier to leave the field and put in the hands of the backup, but he kept trying.

    Blace and Gold – Super Bowl

  95. By drock on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    hooray the katrina saints did it!I for one am done with the nfl.after listening to katie couric and rosie o’donnell aka joe and troy it was clear who they wanted to see advance.so congrats to a team that comes from a state mired in poverty,a state that has been a welfare state for god knows how many years and to it’s citizens who used the superdome as its personal toilet during a hurricane and still blames there problems on somebody else.congrats on being the feel good story i’m sure are wonderful media will be exploiting

  96. By Danny on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Please come back Favre!! The Franchise Should Retire #4 the man saved football in Minnesota! Forget L.A. the purple and gold are here to stay because of Favre! The guy took hit after hit and even late hits! He is the man we all needed and gave us all one heck of a season! 1 more year would be awesome with him.. but if not. None of us will ever for get the year our once hated enemy, now the man who brought the love of Football back to us all! Skol Favre.

  97. By Fortinclan on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I am sad that we aren’t going to Miami, but what a year! Thanks for all the great Sundays this year Vikes! It was sure a good time!

  98. By Sheila on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I’m a native Minnesotan and lifetime fan. Whether my Vikes win or lose I’ll always support them but you gave us a great ride this year Thank you. Each and every one should hold their heads high. You are warriors everyone I enjoyed watching every single game!!! See you in the pro bowl.

  99. By hippster on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    This goes out to all you saints fans,take this ref assisted win to miami ,you dont stand a chance aginst the colts .they will eat your lunch,your win against the vikes is shallow and weak ,ref asst,and will be short lived ps dont forget to pay off the refs at miami if you hope to stand a chance .

  100. By Don on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    No quarterback has ever done more to raise the hopes of fans only to destroy them in a second with a stupid decision. The people of Minnesota really should reviewed a little of Lord Favre’s previous work before they signed they agreed to sell their souls to bring Satan, I mean, Brett to Minnesota.

  101. By m. andre on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    The season ends, but the dream endures! I hope the Vikings can put together another strong season next year. Thanks for the great football this season.

  102. By bass8 on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    DAVE SAUSA IT SEEMS YOU HAVE A LOT OF PENT-UP HATRED TOWARDS BRETT AND THE VIKINGS..I TRULY UNDERSTAND …IT IS HARD TO BE A PACKER FAN AND AT TIMES YOU DO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH SEEING THE LIGHT BUT I DO HOPE YOU GET HELP BECAUSE AS LONG AS YOU ARE THAT FRUSTRATED AND SPEW SO MUCH HATE SOMETHING MUST BE WRONG IN YOUR LIFE…OH, YEA AS I MENTIONED YOU ARE A PACKER FAN :(

  103. By Iowa Viking on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    To: Laurene

    Your comment about “History repeats itself”…

    your correct! Please keep in mind the Saints & the city lives in a Toliet Bowl under sea level & there are more Hurricans to come…….Next one is called KARMA!

  104. By JohnP on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I hear that the new theme song of the Saints is “Gangsters Paradise”.

    What the officials let them get away with, was absolutely criminal.
    Since when is intentionally trying to mame & injury an opposing player considered a legit game plan? I hope the league will investigate this week after the whoopla dies down, as I feel there will be quite a few players lighter in the wallet and possible suspensions for the SB. For all the anti’s that complain about the Saints getting most of the penalties… well, you act unsportsman-like and you are going to be flagged… Oops I forgot, that only applies if your name is Brady or Manning. If this happened to either of those two, there would have been ejections and suspensions left and right yesterday.

    I am not bothered by the final score, outside of the refs letting the thugs get out of control. I thought it was an exciting game, even with the turnovers and late phantom calls.

    I think Brett’s new nickname should be Maximus!
    With all of the cheap shots, he still hung in there.

  105. By Ken Sprague on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Brett:
    It is definitely time for the old man to retire. He has had a great career, but even though he still enjoys playing, he is lucky to be walking. Brett swallow your pride you are truly over the hill, you cannot win the big game anymore. Go back home and enjoy your family while you still can. You have put enough hurting on the Green Bay fans with your attitude, Suck it up and admit that you made a big mistake.

  106. By Rik on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Having been a fan since the sixties I would just like to say this was a great year. I haven’t enjoyed watching football this much in a long time. If not in my lifetime then maybe in my children there will be a Vikings Superbowl Victory. Keep your heads held high, cause like I always tell my football friends their is always next year!!!!!

  107. By Nate F. on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    come on vikings let’s not be bitter towards saints like dallas was against us. should have been a blow out but we couldn’t hold on to the ball. forget the refs we only have ourselves to blame

  108. By Jeff Harness on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT…………………

    GREEN BAY IS LOVING THIS. YOU WANTED FAVRE AND YOU GOT FARVE. IT JUST TOOK THE 18TH GAME IN A VIKINGS UNIFORM BEFORE YOU SAW THE REAL BRETT FAVRE.

    MAYBE HE SHOULD HAVE SAVED THAT LAST TOUCHDOWN PASS HE THREW LAST WEEK IN DALLAS. LOOKS LIKE HE NEEDED IT.

  109. By hannah on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    In my total honest opinion… the refs were unfair. like 3 times i was like: “come ON! the ball wasn’t in!” i think they should totally rescedule. plus the NFL’s overtime rules are unfair.

    will favre retitre? i know he IS 40. but still if the vikings got that far this season, they could do it again next time. next year they can. who says a 41 year old cant win a superbowl as a quarterback!?

    I am rooting for the Vikings next year.

    plus the whole “throwing away the ball” sure we could have won without that, but still i think the game was lost because of the refs, or the overtime.

    I think when the vikings are at their career High, why stop? go for the super bowl 45!!!

  110. By Troy Ives on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I am not ready to put any blame on Favre for the loss in this game. It was a bad decision to throw the pass, however the numerous mistakes and blind officiating was a big part of this loss.

    Favre has made this one of the best and exciting seasons Vikings Fans have had in awhile. He did his best and that’s all we can ask and expect from the guy.

    SKOL Vikings !!

  111. By Candida on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    The head people would be a fool not to beg Brett to come back. We had never been this close since I was 6. Good Lord, that is a long time. Not even when Chris Carter was playing and he was awesome too. They were stupid enough to let Chris go they better do whatever it takes to get Brett back again next season.
    As for this game, it was lost by a team not by one or two people. The refs could have also had their eyes open a bit more. Brett, looked like a train hit him in the conference after the game. I realize it is football and he is supposed to take some hits but not dirty ones.
    I am fine with a loss, sure the SB would have been awesome but look how far we came. So proud of all of them and especially our leader, Brett. We would not have made it this far without him. GUARANTEED!!!

    come back next year BRETT!

  112. By hannah on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    and Yes john p. what the ref’s let them get away with WAS criminal! absolutley!

  113. By Rob Zinke on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Anyone else seen this? This is just the worst thing I’ve seen in a long time. To call someone a pedophile like that is just bad. http://www.theonion.com/content/from_print/brad_childress_consoles_self

  114. By TjackAllDAY28 on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Since im not an NFL employee, I can say this.

    I hope all the officials get fired. End of story. Garbage calls, in OT, gave game to saints.

  115. By hannah on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Please come back Favre!! The Franchise Should Retire #4 the man saved football in Minnesota! Forget L.A. the purple and gold are here to stay because of Favre! The guy took hit after hit and even late hits! He is the man we all needed and gave us all one heck of a season! 1 more year would be awesome with him.. but if not. None of us will ever for get the year our once hated enemy, now the man who brought the love of Football back to us all! GO Favre.

  116. By Mike on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I’ve been a vikings fan since i was 13. That’s 20 years now. I will always remain i vikes fan. Once again, we’ve lost the big one. i feel like it’s 1998 again but i’m happy as pig in S*&t right now. We’ve had a great season and you can’t ask for much more than that. Brett had the best season of his very long career. Why? CAUSE HE PLAYED WITH THE BEST TEAM OF HIS CAREER!! Brett you got one more left in ya!!! So come back next season and lets take this all the way! Next year i will go the metrodome to see my first minnesota game and i would consider it an honor and a privlege to see you throw the ball!!! (even if it is to the opponant lol!!!)

  117. By hannah on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I also hoe all the officals get fired. did the saints pay them good money to cheat? probably!

  118. By logan on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

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  119. By MegL on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I just wanted to say I agree with most every post here. Brett Farve, I hope it is really hard for you to retire. I hope you can come back next year. This was some ride. I loved the whole year, even though we did lose some games (nobody’s perfect).

    I hope the Vikings can keep everyone on the team, except for maybe Peterson. If he does not get his act together with being able to hold onto the ball, I believe Chester Taylor is by far more talented than Peterson. I also hope the coaches stay where they are. I really think next year will be our year if we do keep everyone.

    I loved the game. The defense was awesome. The special teams played the best I have seen in quite some time. The offense just has to work on holding onto the ball, and protecting Farve (that is if he stays).

    I didn’t really like Farve when he first came to the Vikings. I have always told my Packer friends I didn’t like him because I was soooo jealous of him and his talent. But as the season went on, I have grown to love him and his passion for the game. I now know how the Packers must of felt when Farve left them. If Farve does retire, I will miss him. He was one of our best QB we have ever had.

    From a true Viking fan since 1966 (the year I was born).

  120. By logan on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

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  121. By hannah on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Please stay favre! one more year. the 45th superbowl willl be it. you didn’t retire just to win the superbowl, dont back down! win the NEXT super bowl!

    and the colts will absolutly smother the saints! smothering!

  122. By J.P.A. on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Hang in there Brett…one more year with the Vikes.
    Losing to the Saints was hard, but it would be much more hard to see the Vikes go to the Superbowl next year and not be with them.
    We know you have it in you…….
    One more year!

  123. By John on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    As a die hard Packer Fan who’s blood runs green. I was rooting for the Vikes on this one, mainly because of loyatly to BF. Officials botched alot of calls. Mainly personal fouls. Same is when GB was eliminated. The Saints were out to punish/physically hurt Favre in a bad way from the start of the game. Childress should have unleashed defense after halftime on Brees. Don’t know who to cheer for on Superbowl. Can’t stand Manning one bit, but want to see NO get clobbered for what they did to Favre. Favre is great fun to watch no matter what jersey he wears.

  124. By logan on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

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    if you want brett favre to stay as a vikings join this facebook group

  125. By logan on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

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  126. By vikes ha on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    ha go brett take another superbowl away 4 another team go home let jackson take a shot

  127. By vikes ha on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    thanx 4 losing it brett thank god you left greenbay so we can win some games

  128. By T. Richardson on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    To all Vikings fans,

    I’m a die-hard Saints fan. I live only 3 hrs. from N.O. I just wanna extend my thanks from ALL Saints fans for a great game!! You guys played your hearts out.. seriously. It went down to the wire. personally thought we got a break when Brett threw the pick in the late 4th, that cost you. I’ll admit you guys had us beat if you give the ball to Adrian and let him run it. And I agree that the call should have been made with the low hit on Brett. But, you guys had a great season. Brett, you’re one of the greatest to ever take a snap. Please don’t give it up, we love to watch you play!!! You’re a true General of the Gridiron!! I knew that if we had any chance of being beaten in the playoffs, it would have been at the hands of the Purple People Eaters. Keep your heads up Vikings, We’ll see you next season!!!

  129. By bxviking on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    All of us football fans know that we were the better team against the Saints.
    But like it is preached year in and year out, you cant turn the ball over.
    Plain and simple, no fumbles and we win the game by 17 pts.
    Unfortunately we are stuck with Childress and I dont think he can manage the game the way it should be.12 men in the huddle after a timeout,Come On!
    Bringing in Favre this year pushes us back from T Jackson developing another year.Did you ever see T Jackson talking to Favre the whole year on the sideline?Hes not a happy camper.
    I think if Favre does come back next year,we dump T Jackson and draft a QB.
    Personally, I would rather see Favre hang it up.
    Well, thats it for now.Another year and no ring.Stings, but I will root for them till you put me in ground .
    Pitchers and catchers report in a couple of weeks.PLAY BALL!

  130. By Renee on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Poor sports all you nay-sayers! The game wasn’t lost by one person. It is a team and everyone had their part in this game. True, we had turnovers but fate wasn’t on our side. In OT, it was like a NEW GAME and we never had a chance to touch the football. Favre’s interception wasn’t returned for a TD or field goal. OT started and we didn’t pick the correct side of the coin. I don’t think the “Saints” deserved to win….all those low blow hits on Favre and taunting. I’m glad we finally did get to Brees to knock him down a few times. Favre will be lucky if his leg isn’t broken after being twisted like a rage doll. We played a better game even with all the turnovers….the clock just ran out on us. This is an emotional time….we had a chance and it isn’t because of one person that we lost. Being a fan means being a good sport….if you can’t bring dignity to this team–don’t bother posting your opinions.

    Still a Viking/Favre fan…until next year guys!!

  131. By Jeff on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Cut and paste the link below. Yesterday’s loss is a continuation of Vikings history. I still remember how everybody ridiculed the Vike’s for not winning the big one. Even before their 4th SB loss to the Raider’s, nobody took them seriously. You can see not much has changed after all those years. (1998, 2000 and now 2009 included)

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=1L0yAAAAIBAJ&sjid=te0FAAAAIBAJ&pg=3092,2160721&dq=mn+vikings&hl=en

  132. By Troy Ives on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    vikes ha,

    let me guess your a Detroit Fan ! ha ha ha [disguised GB fan]

  133. By JohnP on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Nate, the cowboys only complained about ONE play,.. not the entire game strategy of roughing the opponent.

  134. By joey on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Lose AP!

  135. By Dallas on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe Brett shouldn’t have thrown that extra touchdown against the Cowboys. What goes around, comes around. Karma!

  136. By Tom on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Yes number1packfan, we got what we bargained for… an old man who had no trouble whipping the team that didnt want him twice in one season!!!

  137. By fmfan on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    all viking fans know that the aints did not beat us we beat ourselves. 5 turnovers ( 1-harvin, 1-berrian, 3-favre) and still had a chance to win the game says it all.

  138. By Tom on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    By the way, how far did the Packers make it in the post-season without Brett Favre? 1 and done, thats what I thought. Gotta love you Packer backers. For 17 years you worshipped the ground he walked on. Then you tell him to take a hike, and now your HAPPY he left Green Bay! You all burn your Favre memorabilia and have your # 4 tatoos removed from your bodies.
    The man can still play, as he took his Vikings team to another divisional title this year, but let me get this straight…You’re better off without him..

    Have another drink

  139. By poor losers on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Its ok you poor little sad whiny baby Viking fans… Your precious Brett will retire this year then sign with a new team right before training camp, and it wont be with you guys. then Youll have him all over again. As for the roughing penalties, its called football its a tough game, your gonna get hit… if ole man favre cant deal with it then he needs to retire NOW…

  140. By Purple People Eater Fan on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    :(

  141. By DCfaninDE on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Why would you want this tool back next year?? Don’t you have more respect for your team than that?

    Brett needs to retire. What he did to your fans/franchise this year was wrong. Making you all think he could get you a ring. He proved that he can not handle it anymore physically or mentally. How did the Saints play dirty? It’s the NFL if you’re too old then get young or go home. Not only did he make a fool of himself but your entire team last wknd by acting like a 4 yr old instead of a 40 yr old.

    How many Vikings does it take to win a super bowl? Nobody knows & we may never find out.

    Whats the difference between a dollar bill & Farve? You can still get 4 quarters out of a dollar bill.

    COWBOYS FAN BABY!!!!!

  142. By scott on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Packer fan here: Re: Dallas game & that last TD pass: That was well-deserved payback for the “extra” FG Switzer’s “classless” Cowboys tacked on at the end of a Packer-Cowboy game in ’95 playoff or ’96 reg. season game. Different players & coach, but too bad. Good for ‘em.
    Brett was great last night. I wish he hadn’t thrown that last pass, but 5 turnovers…

  143. By fmfan on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    the favre gamble feel short. we got him to win a S.B. and he was unable to finish the deal. now we have to wait and see if he wants to retire again for the 3rd time.

  144. By Dave on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Congratulations to all the players, coaches and staff on a great season! The progress and strides forward were fun to watch. Looking forward to continued success next season. Best of luck to all!

  145. By Jason on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I can say that my emotions have never run higher watching a game than this one. I’m sure all Vikes fans will take awhile to digest the disappointment. With all the silly fumbles, it was unbelievable that we were even in a position to win the game. The Vikes almost overcame it all!

    I think more than anything, the 12 men in the huddle penalty killed our chances the most (or was it the phantom pass interference call on us in OT?) That penalty put Favre in the position to have to take too big of a chance… (and out of field goal range) …interception to follow. I can’t put the situation on him at all. He took an incredible pounding in the game. It was amazing that he was even playing at the end.
    Over the past several years watching Brett waffle on all the whole “will he/won’t he come back” saga, I saw it as frustrating just like everyone else. However, I only gained respect for him this season and especially in this game. I hope Brett does come back for one more shot at it all with the Vikings.

  146. By Dave on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I see someone use the cursed word and it’s funny thats all i could think of.I’ve been a viking fan for forty years and it is something when you almost know what is going to happen before it actually does. through the decades it’s been different coaches, different players same results. I’ll be a fan until the day I die but it is very dishearting.

  147. By Kurt on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Just wanted thank the team for a great year. The whole team put up a courageous effort to overcome adversity. You out played the Saints but came up a little short. I think you were the better team but we all know the best team doesn’t always win. I’ve been a Viking fan from the beginning and will always be no matter what happens. Hope you return next year Brett, so you can get another Super Bowl win, you deserve it. Thank you all again.
    Kurt

  148. By Ashley on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    To all you none vikings fans who decide to get on a Vikings website and diss us, I hope you watch our team beat the……out of yours next year. Go to your own site an talk trash if you want but don’t deliberately get on here and do it. It is just as uncalled for as the hits on Favre last night. With that being said, I am proud of my team. I am very upset about last night, angry with the refs and unhappy with the offense who should have won it for the defense. The whole team lost that game, not just favre or AP, you can’t blame it one person, if one thing from either side of the line would have been different, the outcome could have been different. Now it is time to look at the future. I love favre but even if he comes back next year, he can’t play forever. We need a QB in the draft…. no matter what, and I also would like to see a strong safety. Let focus on that, and next year we can be even better. I LOVE my VIKINGS…..

  149. By Brad Karkiainen on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Thank you for a great season Vikings. Everyone did an outstanding job last night and of course the BETTER TEAM DID NOT WIN. No one should really blame BRETT for the loss because he had no choice but to try to get us in field goal range and you got to think that if that was you could you really throw that well after being cheap shotted every play. He did what he could do to get us there to the SB. It was a team effort to get there and the team failed by to many turnovers so it is just not one person. We just have to work on the things we had a problem this year so next year we do not have the same mistakes next year. I give you a lot of credit for last night BRETT you took a beating and kept on coming. Congradulations!!!!!!!!! I really hope you will come back next year to get that SB win with the Vikings. The team overall was OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rest up now and better luck next year. You guys did great this year. THANK YOU FOR A GREAT YEAR FROM A VERY LOYAL VIKINGS FAN.

  150. By Brad Karkiainen on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I completly agree Ashley

  151. By DCfaninDE on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Your fans are still on our blogs w/ nothing good to say. Maybe Brett can go on American Idol OH NO he’s too old for that too.

  152. By Bob - Florida on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I’ve been following football for over 43 years and a Vikings fan for 41, never have I seen a more gutsy performance then that by the Vikings against the Saints. I look forward to 2010 and hope that Brett returns!

    Go Vikings!!!!

  153. By Brad Karkiainen on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Probaby because the cowgirl fans are in here.

  154. By DCfaninDE on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    yeah you’re right… don’t cry Brett I mean Brad i’m gonna go back to the COWBOYS blog. They talk about football & relevant topics.

  155. By Jon on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    All you had to do was look at who was in the owners box. Do you think the refs are going to call it right? This is the only game you’ll ever see where there was a lack of calls to protect the QB. The Saints were going to win regardless. The outcome was decided a log time ago. You are fooling yourself if you think otherwise. The Colts will be them. The Katrina town had to have something that means something. They have NEVER had anything as far as sports go. The Vikes outplayed them in all areas of the game. Those cheap shots by the Saints on Favre only made me hate them. I don’t respect Katrina town either for even having a team like them. They shouldn’t even be in the NFL.

  156. By paul on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Ted Thompson knew what he was doing when traded Favre to the Jets.

    Now all of you Viking fans can watch your 10 pro-bowl players and the best QB in the nfc. Oh by the way he’ll be wearing #12 with the Packer helmet on.

  157. By Jon on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Get rid of Chilly and AP. Keep the rest of the team. The price of Chilly and AP can get you the rest of what is needed. AP looked like he was somewhere else. The Vikes always break our hearts. It’s just the way it is.

  158. By rob on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Not many ViQueen fans like to talk about this, but a year ago they made a pact with Satan. True story. They thought that by welcoming their mortal enemy for the last 16 yrs into their family they could actually win a championship. As enticing as the offer sounded, they forgot that nothing is worse than selling your soul. Today they realized that not only did they lose another big game, but they also lost their pride, dignity and character. Let’s pray for the forsaken viqueens of Minnesota.

  159. By rob on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Favre jersey ……………………………………… $180
    airfare to New Orleans ….. …………………..…..$345
    ticket to NFC championship game …………..….. $ 850
    rooting for the man you spent 16yrs hating …… $ (your soul)

    watching Favre throw an interception at the end of the game and dash your superbowl dreams ……………………………………… PRICELESS

  160. By Kyle- Wisconsin on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    HAHA Love you Brett! But the VIqueens STILL SUCK!!!!!!! Looks like another year and still an empty trophycase! GO PACK! p.s. the vikings would of never made it to the playoffs without one the greatest qbs to play the game… Brett Favre! Your welcome for the sloppy 2nds!

  161. By Kyle- Wisconsin on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    lol AP WHO? more like BUTTERS!!!

  162. By Kyle- Wisconsin on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I cant believe its not butter lookin ass!

  163. By Simon on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Are there any news about the Griffin injury? Somewhere, I read that the Vikings fear that it’s a torn ACL and MCL and that Griffin has to start the next season on the PUP list. Is that true? I’m proud of our guys. True warriors who fought like lions. But it hurts, it still hurts so bad. Please come back Brett and Pat! We need you guys. Greetings from the Netherlands…

  164. By GJ on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Game over. They got away with some bad calls. Hope Colts destroy them, and we’ll get them next year.

  165. By Derek on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Oh Vikings..Always full of excitement, and then DISAPPOINTMENT! AP needs to do something about his fumbling habit..That is ridiculous. I would have made him hold onto the ball ALL GAME. Kickoff, sidelines, locker room, etc. No excuse to act like a High School RB when you get paid millions. It is sad…I’d make him carry a football outside of the game too.

    Draft a QB, FS, DT for when Big Pat retires..

  166. By dave koepp on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    yep, the vikes did it to themselves, plenty of blame to go around
    12 men in the huddle, calling two straight running plays before that, Peterson fumble cost a td, percy fumble cost a td, berrian fumble cost a td,
    the first pick by Favre should have been a high low and 15 points putting us in scoring range, no call ….3 dropped picks, bs calls on pass interferance

    Brett late hit at least 8 times, for sure the NFL will not let that happen vs Indy

    everyone wanted the Saints well you got em, but the biggest error of all, really of all time….building a city below sea level fools….

    packer fans you suck (not all actually, bears fans all of you lower than roaches….go luck NO Peyton will pick you butts apart

  167. By Joe B on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Well with all the Farve Bashing going on by Other teams Fans. it’s funny their teams websites all have Farve on their front pages. NOS site has farve not brees as their main pic. 40 yrs old and still main topic through out all of NFL

  168. By Kyle- Wisconsin on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    hey dave koepp your a giant douche. how u going to heat on the people on new orleans after all they been thru? jokes on YOU tho cuz their all singin “WHO DAT? WHO DAT? WHO DAT SAY DEY GONNA DEM SAINTS?” haha NOT THE VIQUEENS!

  169. By John Anderlie on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    The ‘saints” played like a bunch of thugs, and should be treated
    as such. Fines should be doled out by the NFL, and the hungover/
    alzheimer’s-afflicted refs should be banned from refing any future
    playoff games. That includes the replay officials. Let’s hope that
    the Colts crush them in the Super Bowl, pound Drew Brees into the
    turf like a TENT PEG, and show them how to play a REAL GAME,
    instead of the thuggery that went on in NO. I didn’t know that the
    refs told the saints that the “Brady rule” was suspended for the game.
    Let’s also hope that the Vikings get scheduled to play the saints next
    year AT HOME, and we turn our defense loose on them. I’m tired of
    this nice-guys-finish-last trend in the NFL. IF you have to trash talk,
    assault the quarterback, and find some blind refs to win a game, with

    NO OFFENSE and LOTS OF PENALTIES, well then, the NFL will lose a
    lot of respect in the long run. GO COLTS!!!

  170. By Steve L. on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Can you really question the durability of a furture Hall of Fame QB like Brett Farve even at age 40. He lasted another full season without missing a start much to the dismay of his critics. I think this was his best year ever, to bad it ended with a int. Like his last game with the pack it was a culmination of mistakes by the whole team that put him in a position that he should not have been in. How many times does he have to make the big play? 12 men? Call a run play and let Longwell try then go to OT. Either way it was a good year. I’ll always believe the Pack did not want Brett back and limited his options to go elsewhere. Ted and Mike are to blame for Farve leaving. Go Vikings!!

  171. By MAW on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I am a Packers and Favre fan and can relate to losing NFC Championship game in OT. Brett did not have his best day neither did AP or Percy Harvin. The interceptions and fumbles hurt big time, but the Vikings had a victory in in their grasp. The Vikings O-line did not protect very well. This loss is on the side line for (1) play selection on 1st and 2nd down at the Saints 33 with a minute plus left and (2) the 12 men in the huddle penalty after a time-out. The table was set! The defense dominated New Orleans offense to keep Vikings in the game.

    I look forward to next years Vikings-Packers tilts.

  172. By Kyle- Wisconsin on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    another year gone by for the viqueens and STILL an EMPTY trophy case!

  173. By fmfan on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    look at all the Favre lovers trying to shift the blame to A.P.. Yes he fumbled twice but did not turn the ball over where as Favre fumbled once and threw 2 ints for 3 turnovers. I respect the way he plays the game but have never been a favre fan.

  174. By Matt on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I have never been a football fan but this year, Brett made it fun to watch. I admire his willingness to hang in there and do such a great job playing and leading the team. I applaud you Brett! Thanks for being such a great role model!!!

  175. By MAW on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    To John Anderlie,

    To win an NFC Championship your team needs to hold on to the ball, protect your quarterback and have sound play calling at crunchtime. Sure the refs missed a call or two but it did not result in the Vikings loss. Without 3 or 4 of the turnovers the Vikings win by 14!

  176. By Ken Lockhart on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Well another great season by the MINNESOTA VIKINGS and another year of trash talking band wagon and fair weather fans. Good ridance to you, who needs you. For those of you selling your allegiance to other teams, only a fool would have a fool like you.

    As for me, I am looking forward to another year of Minnesota football and want to thank my team for yet another great season.
    Brett, YOU ARE THE MAN!!! Any other QB

  177. By MAW on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Steve L.

    If you remember Brett had a press conference to formally retire carried by the entrie sports media fawning over his entire career. He changed his mind a month later and started the whole circus. It was time to part ways. A year later the Vikings got their QB in Brett while Ted and Mike deveolped an emerging star in Aaron Rodgers.

  178. By Ken Lockhart on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    oops, wrong button. As I was saying any other qb would have sat out the rest of the game after the hit that injured you leg. Come on back for one more season, you know you have it in you. See you in August.

    Aints win and it only took the officials and at least four bad calls to hand it to them. No? Check the replays, two first downs in over time that they did not earn, and a touchdown that miraculously happened after the knees hit the ground on the 2 yard line.

  179. By Cheesehead on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    No horn blowing for you Viking fans :-) aww, so sad. Anyways hope you like favre. And to think I almost forgot how he used to irritate me. He’s you problem now. That’s if he doesn’t retire

  180. By alvaro calderon on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    no todo fue culpa de brett en parte mucho fue culpa de los balones sueltos para mi brett siempre sera el mejor y aparte los estupidos albitros que no marcaban bien

  181. By alvaro calderon on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    it was not all Brett’s fault was partly blamed much of my brett fumbles for the best and will always be apart from the stupid referee marked not hopefully keep playing well is my idol and the best in the nfl

  182. By Matt on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Thank-you Vikings for a wonderful season!!

    Sincerly,

    Packer Fans!!!

  183. By patrick thomas on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    We all feel the pain of yesterday defeat. But I want to say a big thank you vikings for an exciting season. I’m glad to call myself a vikings fan. Have a relaxing off season! Hope your all back to 100 % soon!

  184. By jwh7771 on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    OMG!!!! Listen to all the cry babies on here. I can’t believe you’re the same people who were making funny of the Cowboy fans last week, when we beat them into the ground. We lost because we failed to play error\mistake free football for 60 minuets. Maybe we should have let Dallas win the week before, at least we know they could have beat the Saints, they did it earlier this season. Once again close, but no Super Bowl!! When will we be this close again? Think I’m going to become a Cowboy’s fan; at least they’ve won five world titles. Well, Going ice fishing – if I’m lucky maybe I’ll fall through the ice!!!

  185. By Steve L. on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Didn’t cry, got a little drunk though.

  186. By leon on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    A lot of people place fault on Brett Favre for the interception in overtime. They forget that in late in the 2nd quarter Peterson fumbled the ball and it cost the Vikings a field goal or touchdown that would have won the game and not gone into overtime. Harvin fumbled the ball in 4th quarter and it probably cost the Vikings 3 points or more. The offensive line allowed Favre to be hit over 16 times in the game and suffer bruised too. The wide recievers were not up to getting over on their pass routes. Non of the running backs excelled in their runs. And finally the game was played in New Orleans and the media along with the judges were prone to play the Saints up and hand out the benefits ( the interference call in 4th quarter that was a non catchable ball and rulled against the Vikings). The game was lost by the team not Brett Favre.

  187. By deago on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    i hate the one possession overtime format. Why dont they play a whole quarter especially in the playoffs. or only in the playoffs. Thats the only thing i hate about the nfl.
    We dindnt lose….merely ran out of time…

  188. By Vlad19 on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Now that is as tough as it gets….

  189. By Vlad19 on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    You can look at Favre’s final throw and blame him if you wish – but this poor guy was busted like a purple pinatta… and I know 5 guys responsible – Loadholt, Herrera, Sullivan, Hutchinson and McKinnie. Our line played like an average division 3 college group…. Sullivan is actually nothing better than just that. Favre was not taking taps, he was not taking the glancing blows, he was taking full on, nuclear devastation, and our line spent more time picking him up and probably apologizing than they did in face to face, fist to fist conflict with their match-up opponents. McKinnies is NOT a Pro Bowler… nor is Hutchinson if this game were any indication, but in his defense, sitting between Bryant and Sully, one can look pretty inept. WHAT’S my point? “Favre should have run it…” NONSENSE, because this guy had already taken about 20, life changing clobbers in the course of that line’s ineptness…. I can understand hisreadiness tothread something into Rice than run… BAD ANKLEAND ALL. THAT interception was the “trickle down” effect of the abuse that poor guy took from our lack of protection. McKinnie or Hutch show up at that Pro Bowl, I will write an op-ed to the NFL!!! FUMBLES lost this game, and our LINE lost this game! End of story.

  190. By Tony on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I’ve been a fan of the NFL since I was 7 years old a my step father took me to my first Packers game. At that point I was sold watch the game play the game and lastly Ref the game. yes, the Viking had to many turnovers which was very hard to overcome. But Favre brought them back time after time. Aikman, made the comment he had 10 yards of running room. Sorry Miss Cowboy, but your watching a different game. The Saints had a linebacker 4 yards from where he was standing. IDIOT!! If your going to talk about the game KNOW SOMETHING.
    I’m going to be honest I’ve had season tickets to see the vikings for the last 14 years and that was to see my Packers Play them year after year. The Viking organization has CLASS and will be there again very soon with or without Favre ( MR. HEART) The Viking owner wants the fans of Minnesota to finally win one.
    Yes, the Viking over came the 12 man but not the referee’s. No one is going to tell me different that the AIN’T which they will be after the Superbowl. was not making attempts to knock Favre out of the game. I guess the Brady Rule doesn’t apply to Favre. One hit him high and the other went low. The ref saw it along with many holding calls, oh not just holding but tackles as well by the Saints O Line. This is where I don’t support the guy’s in pin strips. I’m interested in seeing the overall grade they received from the head of officals in the next few weeks. O’h I’m sorry but that’s not PUBLIC INFORMATION. You will hear a lame (*&^& explaination from NFL.com.
    If I sound upset your right because too much money changes hands and only Ticket Brokers get their hands on a large percentage of the tickets. Check out Titletown Promotions. 350,000 for a 24 person suite and my friend spotted him a twenty for getting him tickets. Give me a Break!! GO VIKINGS

  191. By Iceman(Vikings) on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I’m proud of the Vikings season this year. I wasn’t crazy about Favre joining the team at first, but after seeing him play, it was akin to Ranolf Junahs sweet swing in The Legend of Bagger Vance ” I never saw a swing so sweet or a man get so much pleasure from it”(middletree.net, 2010). That’s what I seen from Brett Farve all year long. Whatever decision he makes to retire or not, I believe that he will “finish on top” just like he said. It was really inspiring to me seeing this 40 year old man play at such a high level. As for his play in the championship game it reminded me of a heavyweight fight in which Brett was taking the best licks from the Saints who tried their best to knock him out of the game, but much like Ali VS Foreman he took their best shots and still had enough left in the tank to deliver a knockout punch, unfortunately the bell rang in the 16th round before he could deliver it. Childress called a brilliant game and ended up with the best scenario for a road team which is playing to a tie. I believe that the fumbles were largely due to the Vikings aggressiveness, fighting for extra yards, extending plays and running after the catch. But I give the Saints all the credit for having a strategy of knocking the ball out of Vikings ball carriers and it worked. The Saints were the best team in the NFC this year and they showed why. They took one of the Vikings weaknesses and exploited it. Congratulations to the Saints and good luck in the super bowl.

    Iceman(Vikings) circa NFL Chat, ESPN NFL Chat circa 1995-98

    References
    The Legand of Bagger Vance retrieved January 25, 2010 from the middletree.net website:http://www.middletree.net/Bagger.pdf

  192. By scott on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    farve is not the qb you need in the playoff only one sb win lets get new young gun for next year.

  193. By vikngfan1 on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I was not one of the people who was glad to see Brett come to the team at the beginning. I have loved the Vikings for 40 years. But after watching him all this year, especially last night after taking so many vicous hits, I truly has much repsect for him. I am hoping he will decide not to retire. I would love to see him come back next year and take us to the Super Bowl. This has been such an exciting year for a Vikings fan!! Wonderful season!!!!! Thanks for all the great memories.

  194. By Paul M on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    SEE NO EVIL; HEAR NO EVIL; SPEAK NO EVIL. Many fans will just put their heads in the sand and not speak out! Yesterday’s game was an NFL TRAVESTY!

    Yes, as a Vikings fan from Jersey (like Ziggy) for 43 years, it was very frustrating to watch the purple & gold fumble and err so much. I was however proud of our Defense – they stepped up to the challenge and, in my opinion, were the premier unit of both teams. The most classless unit on the field – with the least character & honor – was the Saints defense with their Buddy Ryan disciple / coordinator.

    Now for the hardest part for me as a serious Vikings & NFL football fan:
    Yes, it’s very hard to overcome as many errors as the Vikings made and still win. There are many, many examples throughout sports, however, where a team or individual was actually good enough to overcome their errors and still beat their opponent.

    The Vikings were such a team yesterday, but there is clear evidence that the Saints defensive coordinator put out a “contract” on Brett Favre and, in my opinion, that the refs were “bought and paid for” as was the case in the NBA.

    We all watched the same game on Sunday – they were sent on a mission to “take out” Brett Favre (just like Buddy Ryan was known to “put a contract out” on certain players). What’s startling is that they seemed to know that the refs weren’t going to enforce the rules! They could have – and should have – called at least 3 more personal fouls for hits on Brett. By the time Brett made his poor decision / interception, in my opinion he was at about 60 % of his maximum physical capability.

    Now for a more insidious and overlooked critical play which led to 7 points for New Orleans. Why isn’t anyone talking about the long Saints’ return off the Vikings kick-off unit which gave the ball to Brees & his offense on about the 20 yd line of the Vikings? HAS ANYONE IN THE NFL TAKEN A CLOSE LOOK AT THAT PLAY?? IT’S AN OUTRAGE!! WHY? Because the Vikings’ #59 , Heath Farwell was in the crease that the returner later used, and about 10 yards in front of and closing in on the returner when he (#59 on the re-play) was TACKLED FROM BEHIND! THE REF WAS LOOKING STRAIGHT AT HIM AND THREW THE FLAG ON THE 5 YARD LINE! Then the refs followed the rest of the play, which broke for that huge gain. One of the refs then walked over to the ref who flagged the play, told him something, AND THEN THE REF CASUALLY JOGGED BACK AND PICKED UP HIS FLAG ! ! ! Brees got the ball on ~20 and the Saints walked away with a relatively easy 7 points!

    Now for those Saints fans that may comment that I’m a whining Minnesota fan, let me sober you up from your haze a bit: next season the Vikings are coming to play you again. If our PURPLE PEOPLE EATERS happen to have Drew Brees for lunch and take him out for the season DON’T COMPLAIN OR WHINE!

  195. By FavreFan on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I haven’t been a football fan since Sweetness retired and have never been a Vikings fan even though my entire family is…until this year. I have never seen someone enjoy playing the game as much Brett does, he has been an absolute joy to watch and his demeanor made me care about the NFL again. He revitalized the Vikings and gave the fans hope, which makes him worth every penny it took to get him on the team. I, for one, wouldn’t care if he came back next year and wasn’t as successful as this year, just to be able to see him play another season.

    To all you Packers fans who feel the need to spout off on another team’s site: The Vikings wouldn’t have had the chance to sign Favre if the Packers’ Management hadn’t turned him away, so’s who’s REALLY to blame that he now wears purple!! Stop your constant whining and slandering aimed at the Vikings. You have a talented QB now, so leave our’s alone and move on. You all sound like a bunch of 3 year old crybabies and it just is getting so old.

  196. By Vlad19 on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Just read some more blog – someone said Favre fumbed that ball on the 5…. let me straighten you out – the QB ALWAYS is the recipient of fumble notoriety in an exchange… always. However, WHY it was Peterson’s fumble is he pulled up a little looking for holes and did not run THROUGH the hand-off. Favre ended up reaching out and missing and Peterson never took it into hi gut… Peterson needs to remember, you don’t run without the ball… Favre is not supposeto have to try and hit the moving target – the target is supposed to have to go to the gap, and open up… he did not do that! Too bad! Ends as bad games do… L! And wait till ext year!

  197. By BigD on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    How Bout them Cowboys!!! They beat the Saints!!! That last over-kill touch down the Vikings scored on Dallas would have help yesterday – you should have saved it. what comes around goes around. Enjoy sitting a watching the Super bowl at home Viking Losers.

  198. By Viking-ology on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I had a hard time sleeping last nite…12 men in the huddle after a time out-truly sealed our doom. I’ve never been so emotionally drained after a game before. Brett Favre, I salute you, a true warrior. I am truly hoping that you’ve changed the culture of Vikings football from this point forward. We know what it takes to win, and we must continue to do whatever it takes to accomplish the ultimate goal. Skol Vikings!

  199. By Paul M on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    TO ADRIAN PETERSON : * * * * URGENT * * * *

    PLEASE IMMEDIATELY LOOK UP & PERSONALLY TELEPHONE ANOTHER

    GREAT AND NOW RETIRED PLAYER. HE WAS AN ELUSIVE RUNNING BACK

    WHO WAS GREAT EXCEPT FOR HIS FUMBLING. TOWARDS THE END OF HIS

    CAREER, WHICH WAS PLAGUED BY FUMBLING, HE FINALLY FOUND THE

    SOLUTION WHICH ACTUALLY WORKED ! ! ANYONE INTERESTED CAN LOOK

    UP HIS STATS. HE PLAYED FOR THE NY GIANTS AND HIS NAME IS TIKI

    BARBER. PLEASE DO ALL YOUR FANS A FAVOR AND CALL HIM.

  200. By philly kid on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    another true disappointment………thanks for the bleeding ulcer……….

  201. By Paul M on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    OH YEAH, JUST ONE OTHER THING:

    ALL THE VIKINGS SELECTED SHOULD SNUB THE NFL AND NOT SHOW UP

    FOR THE PRO BOWL ! AND ANY NFL FANS WHO DON’T LIKE IT ANSWER THIS:

    “HOW WOULD YOUR TEAM & THEIR FANS LIKE IT IF ANOTHER TEAM GOES

    HEAD-HUNTING, TAKES OUT YOUR QB + TAKES AWAY YOUR VERY REAL

    CHANCE TO BE IN THE SUPER BOWL – WITH THE REFEREES’ HELP?”

  202. By Ralph Young on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    This is from Mississippi Gulf Coast and a long time Saints fan. I just want to point out a couple stats. This may be a little balm on your wounds, and you may not feel so bad about loosing. The Saints dominated special teams play. They had i83 kick off return yards to about 33 for the Vikings. It helps to have a great kick off gut. The Saints made less yards from scrimage, but they had for less distance to go to the goal line. And check out the punting averages, 51 to 38. You have “laid the wood to us” many times, so it was just our turn, and just hope you don’t feel like you lost to an inferior team.

  203. By Ralph Young on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    that was 183 kick of return yards.

  204. By maraia laveaux on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Farve on the Ground
    Farve on the Ground
    Helment sideways
    Pants up his>>>>
    Looking like a fool…
    Throwing interceptions.

    Bottom line – Vikings lost but looking to blame others for their lack of focus. I understand lack of focus caused by voodoo chicken foot curse put on Rice…

    Go Cowboys

  205. By Sue T. on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Go Vikings honor your name….and that you did!! Thank You! For bringing out the purple pride in all of us, even us silent fans (the ones that can’t get to games, etc.). I am so proud of you and for the excitement you gave us this season. And to Brett, thank you so much for facing the scrutiny of joining the Vikings so that you could share your skill with us. Jared Allen, you should be fan club president! I love you all and thank you again.

  206. By moose on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I see there are a lot of complaints about late hits on the qb. there were no flags at all on ALL of the late HITS on Romo . so suck it up. At least you didn’t have them show bad sportsmanship and run it up with less than 2 min. left.I LOVED SEEING BRET LOOKING LIKE A BEAT UP FIGHTER. GO COWBOYS

  207. By m and n on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings were doomed by the Prince fight song…..

  208. By BigD on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I love it – Go Cowboys – Farve got what he deserved. He had no mercy on Dallas when they were down, and the Saints had none on him.

    Now he will retire and the Viking won’t see a playoff game for another 20 years.

    LoL ….Go Cowboys!!!!

  209. By Nate F. on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t want to make excuses but there were some clean hits against the quarterback and then there were some late ones. Saints did play to knock out the QB because they know that was their best way to win. We seen them knock out Kurt Warner out the game. I hope Peyton Manning watches the Saints last two games because they will be trying to end his career early as well.

    I’m not a colts fan but I don’t want the cinderella story falling for the Saints. Should’ve been us but oh well. Next year Sage better step up and T Jack

  210. By Andrew Karger on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    I’d like to ask where the offensive line was to protect the best QB they’ve had in years maybe ever. It was dirty and hard to watch Farve get pounded so often. Vikes are my team forever and The Saints are my second favourite but I lost alot of respect for them lastnight with all the cheap shots. Sickened

  211. By BigD on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Old man on the ground…
    Old man on the ground…
    Helment turned around…
    Pants pulled down – taking it in the butt from a Big Saints fan.
    You can win a game with the old man on the ground.

    WooooHoooo Go Cowboys!!!!!

  212. By NewOrleansMan on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    Bottom line, Vikes lose, Saints Win, fair and square. Don’t be such poor losers, y’all messed up and the better team won. You have to play 60 minutes, and y’all didn’t!!

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

    I see the man dusting himself off and coming back. This guy is a true tough mother and a class guy. Farve I’ll say it once again. Your first pick should have been wiped out by the low hit below the knees. Your second pick should have been caught by Rice who stood there like a man caught in mud. If Rice contined to run toward his scrambling qb that ball is caught or at least he’s hit flush in the back and draws a penalty. Then were still in fieldgoal range and desipe all the fumbles the Vikes still win. Then we’re talking differently today.
    Everyone keeps talking about Farve tossing that ball across his body..blah..blah..blah. As a diehard fan of the CFL which is a much more wide open game we see plays like that completed all of the time. When Doug Flutie played in the CFL he was a magician making all sorts of crazy plays. NFL can be so bloody structured some times it makes me sick. It’s a bloody game. Brett got off the ground with a huge smile most of the day yesterday. The NFL can learn alot from this Hall Of Famer.

    I can’t believe how much disrepect Farve gets in this league even with all he’s accomplished.
    Viking fan forever, hands down.

  214. By DC on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    RIGHT ON BigD…
    Now the Vikes know how the Cowboys felt last week…
    Next year the Cowboys will go all the way…
    And since they aren’t playing now…GO SAINTS, IT’S YOUR TURN TO WIN THE SUPERBOWL!!!

  215. By itmeanstoomuch on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    It hurts…

  216. By AD28 on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    2009 Vikings just like a girlfriend.

  217. By AD28 on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    As I posted as my facebook status, the only way I could describe the feeling last night was a simpsons reference. when bart finds out laura is dating jimbo, it cuts to bart imagining Laura as she pulls out his heart “You won’t be needing THIS” holding whilst its still beating and throws it against the wall of his treehouse.

  218. By AD28 on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    At first you have the courting process, seeing each other now and then around, not sure if you actually want to be together, but then you both decide yeah, lets give it a try (favre in the off-season.
    Things start of well, you have the same interests (start ok v browns), go on great dates (home v the 49ers) and the sex is amazing(beating GB on MNF). Then, like any relationships, you go through some rough times (steelers loss) before eventually working through them and becoming a better couple, much more bonded, living for one another (the wins v det sea chi) .
    And things are going so well you start to thinking she’s the one.
    So youve bought the ring (beating dallas, getting confident) and booked a hotel room, about to go for dinner to pop the big question, assured the answer will be yes. Then you walk into the house and see a guy, not just any guy, the guy from school who you despised(favre), he was always a little more popular than you, but you knew deep down you were a better guy(favre again), but as you get older you see him around and learn he’s actually a decent human(still favre -19secs left @ NO). Yeah, well he’s now waist-deep in who you thought was about to be your fiance.(The INT)

  219. By Vlad19 on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    To “Big D”, you sound just like a loser Cowboy fan and getting a drubbing at the hands of our Vikings, was not enough for you to swallow your pride – after the Vikes get hosed on the interference call, the incoplete pass they ruled complete and an OT field goal – a game, by the way Dallas was conspicuously ABSENT – YOU are compelled to remind all that Dallas beat NO in an utterly INsignificant game….. Congratulations, you beat Saints and LOST to Vikes. What goes around…. must mean Dallas is going to sign another criminal and add to their resume as the toilet team of the NFL and another season of Tony Romo’s end of season free fall! Congratulations – couldn’t happen to a better team or owner.

  220. By Keith on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Message to Big D…you must be a moron! The Vikings kicked the Cowboys arrogant buts and their defense whined like little boys and that bothers you. And as for the Vikes lose…it wasn’t a beat down like the Dallas game ha ha! Open your eyes and look at the stats. If it wasn’t for a few “friendly fire mistakes” the Vikings would (and should have won the game). Face it the BETTER team lost because they shot themselves in the foot not because of the Saints playing better. As for the Saints…where was all the power and domination? They looked like just an AVERAGE team hoping for a miracle because they were outplayed…and unfortunately they got it.

  221. By Ann on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings were the real winners Sunday….with all the turnovers the score should have been 45-14 but no it was not…they tied over and over again…I am not a Viking Fan…but that game reminded me of Green bay and the Bears…when they had McMahon, and Walter Payton…on their Hit list…they certainly knew the only way to win was to hurt Farb….and the Refs did their best…and the deciding officials to make the worst calls I have ever had the displeasure to watch….I hope and pray the Colts win….I never did think the refs were paid off…but now I do….Vikings!! Brett Farb brought you guys to the playoffs in one year…you were awesome…and I am a Bear fan….

  222. By SAINTFAN4LIFE on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Vikings fans, I heard that Brett Favre and Prince were going to record a duet together! They’re going to call it “Purple Pain” after that whoopin’ he took Sunday night!! Ha-Ha!!!

  223. By Sol Kakaio on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    The NFL just wanted to builld up thid whole thing with Katrina / New Orleans story its all a media thing if you ask me. Thats why the officiating was all leaning toward the Saints, we get to play them again next year. Now I have something to live for. I cant wait. GO VIKINGS!

  224. By number1packfan on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Tom,

    “Yes number1packfan, we got what we bargained for… an old man who had no trouble whipping the team that didnt want him twice in one season!!!”

    If your objective was to beat the Packers, mission accomplished. If you want to win a title get a QB. If Mark Sanchez throws that pass the headlines read; “ROOKIE MISTAKE COSTS VIKINGS TRIP TO SUPERBOWL”

    You will not win a title with Favre as your QB. It won’t happen.

  225. By Sherman Erickson on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    The saints are bunch of thugs. Hitting an old man like they did.

    In our first series, they hit Fvare and set the ground rules for the rest o the game. Kill the quarterback.

    Where was the retaliation??????? Oh I forgot, Chilldress wants us to be good boys….and be loved…..and we have to respect the other team.

    He had a great year with very good players. He had a chance to take total control. He didn’t.

    We should of won the game by 20 points.

  226. By wayne on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Pants on the ground, pants on the ground… Hmmmm I think Favre meant his are on the ground own by his broke ankles. That ass clown celebrated his Superbowl when he beat the Cowboys. We as Cowboy fans complained Favre ran the score up and you said “Well stop them if you don’t like it” well the Vikings didn’t stop anything Sunday. Karma has it ways of telling you to shut it and go home. Whine, whine, whine, that’s all I hear, bad pass interference call, low hit to the QB, the refs cheated us… Blah, blah blah!!! I would feel embarrassed on that locker room celebration but then AGAIN, Viking fan is used to losing…
    Favre you a drama QUEEN now get the F*** off my TV and retire for good!!!

    Wayne in Albuquerque

  227. By VIKING FAN 4 LIFE on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    I have followed the Vikings as long as I can remember and still holding strong at age 47. I have lived in Wisconsin most of my life (taking beatings from Packer/Bear fans over the years) and now live in Arizona. The Vikings have molded me into being a very tough fan thanks to the many Viking amazing victories but more so the History of Losing many BIG games. I was ther in Tampa to watch the Vikings lose there one and only game during the regular season and found my may way to Mlps to watch the Vikings lose a heart breaker to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game. That was a very difficult year as I was present at the only two games the Vikings lost that year. I must say I was depressed for quite some time after that game and could not watch the Super Bowl that year knowing the VIKINGS should have been there to win there first Super Bowl against the Broncos. I know I’m preaching to the choir but even through that huge dissapointment I continue to hold out hope that the Vikings can get it done and get this enormous monkey off their back. I really thought this was the year after landing Bret “the true Norseman” Favre as he ranks up there in my mind with the many great Vikings. Not because he owns ever stat under the sun but because he embodies what in my mind is a Legendary Viking from Norway willing to give life and limb to be victorous in battle. Say what you want about Bret Favre but there will never be another like him playing QB in the NFL. This year was the best that I can remember following the Vikings as Bret provided hope, excitement, drama and raised the level of play every Viking on the field. I enjoyed this year big time and hope Bret gives it one more shot as he deserves better. He has nothing to prove but boy would it be nice to take one more shot with a Warrior named Bret Favre. Sorry for the long post but I needed share my respect and renewed enthusiasm as a Viking fan thanks to Bret and what he brought to the team this year. SKOL VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!!

  228. By hippster on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    it seams to me that all viking haters on this site cant get over your yearly ass whopping from last season,well get used to it because this team will only be better next year and the next ect ect ect most of you know in your hearts this game was discided by a bunch of refs that fell sorry for a city that wasnt smart enough to get out of the way of a storm .even a swamp rat knows you cant live below sea level.well the aints found a way to avoid the the approching storm that was hurricain purple pain by way of yet another bail out this time not on the backs of the american people but on the backs of a bunch of zebras and a leauge that bought into that poor me mentality. parts of mississippi wear wiped off the map and you bearly heard abought those folks so once again to all you viking haters get used to your yearly ass kicking cause theres a storm a comin

  229. By TW Vike on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Thanx Hippster! Im tired of these cry baby BOYS fans! Youre right there is a SH#T STORM commin & its going to DALLAS!

  230. By JOEY K on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    The game on Sunday was a humiliation to the NFL, both the officiating (which in the end decided the winner), the Saints disgraceful play trying to injure Favre, and the announcing, Buck and Aikman are obviously madly in love with each other they need to retire, adopt an asian baby and get it over already.

    NFL explain 3 missed booth reviews in OT??????

  231. By viking 67 on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    I have been a Viking fan since 1967. Was at the Met to see the People
    eaters play Johnny U to a 20-20 tie. Saw the 1998 squad with rookie
    Randy Moss defeat the Panthers in pre-season, also saw them lose to the
    same team this Dec 20th.I have seen it all for over 40 years.I heard Dennie Green
    state that he didn’t believe in irony, ironic isn’t it. I finally have figured it out,
    the Met was built on an old indian burial ground and the team is cursed!!!

  232. By TW Vike on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    JOEY K Aikmen & Buck have adopted, hes called BABY BROOKING!

  233. 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

  234. By JOEY K on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Listening to that game being announced made me nauseous at how hard to their lips were stuck to the Saints genitals. I’m sick of having to watch the game on mute and turn on Kfan.

    I guess I was unaware, until the pregame show, that the Saints were “America’s team”, wow a town where residents take advantage of a natural disaster to steal/rape/pillage their own town. Kinda sounds similar to the game the Saints played, pathetic and rotten.

    All the Vikes in the Pro Bowl shouldn’t show up!

    The NFL has lost all credibility, they better have an official statement explaining the incompetence that EVERYONE witnessed.

  235. By TW Vike on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Hey wayne, news flash, VIKES 34 & GIRLS 3.What part of ASS KICKING dont you understand! Saints beat us by 3 in OT. Next year well kick youre SORE ASS again! Go sit on BIG D!

  236. By Sue T. on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    ..and the fair weather fans step up! Because I am certain that any one of you pessimists could have done so much better. My guess is that you are the season ticket holders that seem to think you have some higher level of knowledge the rest of us don’t. Grow up! I on the other hand chose to remain faithful to my team!

  237. By TW Vike on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Sue T Which team may that be?

  238. By Nick Janovsky on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    I have watched Brett Favre play since I was 12 years old. With all my amazement as a bright eyed boy I watched year after year the heroics and gutsy on field battles you waged. It was his first season in Green Bay when the magic got hurt and Brett was put into the game-the game he never left after 306 starts. I am a packer fan, a Favre traitor-a loyal Favre follower complete with my jets jersey. I never imagined i would own vikings merchandise or even cheer for that once hated evil team across state line. I was moved in magnanimous proportion this year watching this group of ridiculous talent evolve as a team. SO much so I flew from Tampa to Minnesota for the cowboys playoff game and never have i felt energy like there was in the mall of America Dome that day. I saw Prince, I saw Deana and i saw myself whole heartedly devote my will to a team. i would have put on pads and ran down field to hit Romo myself if i wouldn’t have been maced, hit and dragged off field.

    Brett there is too much going for you, this organization and the chemistry with Rice, Harvin, Berrian and even now AP will strengthen next years on field results. Zigi get on your phone. players get on your phone. bring him back for that 20th year. he will give it his all!! Brett your grit and tenacity is unrivaled and you are the best QB to ever play the game. Lets go gunslinger, ride into battle one more time. i promise this team will defend you. GO VIKES

  239. By TW Vike on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Right on Nick! Our offense is inplace. All we need is alittle help in our defensive back field. Please dont retire Brett, we need you !

  240. By N.O. on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Who DAT!? Who Dat say dey gonna beat them saints!?
    Not them Vikings

  241. By TW Vike on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Hey N.O. Dat be them COLTS Peyton dont take them CHEAP SHOTS ! Freeney gonna knock Brees on his BUTT ! COLTS WIN BIG & EASY ! ENJOY !

  242. By dan on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Favre just couldnt resist one last forced throw thgough he play hurt and was the reason we got to the championship game he does what Brett always does throw the big Pic and down we go once again i think were like the Redsox from years past before they finally won were jinxed. Note bring T

  243. By dan on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Favre just couldnt resist one last forced throw though he play hurt and was the reason we got to the championship game he does what Brett always does ,throw the big Pic and down we go once again, i think were like the Redsox from years past before they finally won were jinxed. Note ! bring Tiki Barber in here this summer and show Adrian how to hold a football while running maybe Harvin and Berrian can watch to and learn the proper way to hold a football ! those three clowns cost us a super bowl appearance

  244. By JOEY K on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Dan I think the clowns that cost us a super bowl appearance were wearing white and black striped uniforms…

  245. By JOEY K on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Since my comment is awaiting moderation…

    Go to youtube, search these two videos:

    RO1z2B45cTI

    3wfsaPFjcAs

    3 BLOWN calls that were all booth reviewed to be correct…..

  246. By TW Vike on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    dan No Favre no playoffs ! Its that simple ! Brett makes the players around him better. Sage & T Jack = 8 & 8 MAYBE !

  247. By Sue T. on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    SKOL VIKINGS!!

  248. By wayne on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    TW Vike,

    Scoreboard.. Cowboys 5 rings, Crykings 0 wah wah waaaaahhh… We have won more suberbowls that your team has even been!!!

    That win got you NOWHERE but another week of disappiontment…

  249. By wayne on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    OI…

  250. By wayne on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    The greatest thing I have ever seen on any tee shirt was from a Packer fan. It said “We will NEVER forget you Brent”

    CLASSIC!!

  251. By TW Vike on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    wayne Cant argue with you there, but i am not disapointed. We made it further than anybody gave us a chance to. All the experts said we couldnt beat Dallas,but I guess thats why we play the games! Saints didnt beat us, we beat ourselves !

  252. By wayne on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    As a long time Vikings fan I’ll start by saying this was a gut wrenching lost to say the least.This was our year,we were the better team on Sunday and we let it slip away.As fans it’s easy to point fingers and play the blame game and I’m no different……The turnovers are the obvious,however dispite all of that we still had a chance to win!!! Which leads me to the last play of our season,how about brining in Tavaris Jackson,load the backfield with the best fullbacks in the league and have him run strong side right which is his strength which would’ve put Longwell in great field postion for the winning kick.That my friends is a poor pregame preporation from our coaches….I congradulate Brett Favre for a great season and our defence for being the best….It hurts but I’ll always bleed purple and gold…Go Vikings

  253. By XpatMinn on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    sameold, sameold, Wasn’t like the old blow out that the tark was made to endure, but as upsetting. The refereeeeing was a joke or contrived. The Sts. will have and might actually win the big one (the Vikes haven’t and won’t). But they won the ground stats. for whats that is worth. What Minnesota needs is a flood or snow or something, $ ?; and it eventually all goes downhill, perhaps Farve too. (Except for the last poor decision, he played well). Oh ya, go Vikes.

  254. By jim on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    congrats to the vikes for an outstanding season, and favre if you deside to come back and you make the championship game break the hudle with your john elway impression, that would be classic. hail to the vikings!!

  255. By riverat on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Cry cry cry
    the best team my butt .It was a great game on both sides but we came out on top a big WIN for the saints.And for all of u that or saying that all those hits that Brent took were cheap just look back about three weeks ago and look what you all did to the cowboys.And wend they started crying what did yall say if you dont like it then stop it but they could not stop it and your boys could not stop it that is football so stop all of your crying and give us our do..who dat babby .

  256. By TW Vike on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    riverrat. Congrads to you & the Saints,but we are the BETTER TEAM! Even with all the turnovers, we were there til the end ! No excuses, you guys won. Good luck with the Colts. See you next year,that is, if you guys make the playoffs. We will be there waiting. GO VIKES !

  257. By Peter Mueller on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    I have been a Viking Fan ever since Favre joined the team.
    Why not look at it in a positive way?
    The NFC Championship game ended in a tie after regulation time.
    Inspite of 5 fumbles and 2 picks, the Vikings were probably just a coin toss away from going to the superbowl.
    The Saints did.
    Now if we could have just stopped the Saints in OT…….
    A great season…… Favre to return for another year…….

  258. By BigD on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Please you crying purple Pu*sys. It does not matter that you beat my Cowboys by 31 points and lost by of 3 to the Saints. You still lost! Look, I understand with the cold up there your brains get a little numb, so allow me to help you do the math:

    Cowboys SuperBowl win = 5
    Vikings = 0
    Age of Tony Romo = 29
    Age of Brett Farve = 41 (by next season)

    Sum = Tony Romo is maturing into a fine QB, who will no doubt win a SuperBowl in the near future. Brett Farve will soon sign up with AARP and start wearing adult diapers, so he doesn’t soil his Sunday cloths, the ones he’ll have on when he’s watching the SuperBowl in 2 weeks.

    Farve and you nasty Vikings fans got what you deserved for being such back sports during the Dallas game.

    GO COWBOYS

  259. By BigD on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Funniest Farve video.

  260. By JoeB on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    **no excuse to have 12 men on the field after a time out, yet another example of “Chilly’s” inability to manage the game**

    How do we know that was Chilress’s fault? Maybe it was the 12th player who f’ed up. And Chilly didn’t coach the game into a loss like Deknee Green did in ’99 by playing too aggressively at the end of the first half with a big lead, losing the ball and thus squelching a probable 17 (or so) point lead going into half time. And he didn’t give up on his team like Deknee did at the end of regulation.

    I agree with others that the Saints defense got away with some cheap shots on Favre that would have been called in other games. At the same time the VIkes offensive line didn’t protect Favre like they should have.

    To the guy who said the officials were paid off. Come on! Which team would have been more adventageous for selling commercial spots for the SB? The Vikings. Or I should say Favre and the Vikings. Which SB would more likely bring more viewership, Colts vs Saints or Colts vs Favre and the Vikings?

    No one feels worse than Favre for that last interception. But we can also blame RIce. He should have been towards Favre or towards the right sideline. How often do we see a wide reciever catch a ball when they’re standing still with a bullseye on their chest? Rarely.

    The fumbles, interceptions, a couple of missed interceptions, bad interference call against Greenway, the missed roughing the passer calls. So many what if’s but in the end it’s sadly the Viking players themselves who simply made one many mistakes. Just one less of all those mistakes…it would probably have meant a Vikings win.

  261. By TW Vike on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Big D-HEAD Are your parents your IN-LAWS?

  262. By 1Factchecker on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    I am so tired of all of the media and Viking crybabies over the last couple of days. The only thing, the facts just don’t support what they are crying about. Such as: “The Saints won because of home field advantage.” Probably true, but EXACTLY WHY did the Saints have that? BECAUSE THEY WON MORE GAMES! That’s the way it works. Isn’t that why it is called HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE? Also — since the Vikings are the best team in the NFL, why did they lose to the Steelers (9-7) , the Cardinals (10-6) , the Panthers (8-8), and the Bears (7-9)? Now, moving on the Farve’s stats: He does have great stats, such as: passing-4202, TD’s-33, competion percentage- 68.4, yards/ completion – 7.9 QB rating- 107.2. However… Drew Brees – passing yardage – 4388, completions- 70.6%, yards/comp.- 8.5, QB rating- 109.6. Better all the way around. These are the “inconvenient truths”. But after all, the Vikings are the 5th rated offense. The only problem is that the Saints are the #1 offense. Now, rushing: The Vikings were #13 in 2009, but the Saints were #6. Now, to be fair, the Saints ended #25 in total defense, the Vikings were #6. But the Saints finished #3 in interceptions, the Vikings were #26. In other words….the Vikings got beat up by a BETTER TEAM. Just look at the stats for yourself. I challenge anyone to check the facts for themselves.

  263. By BigD on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    Hey bud, don’t have to get nasty with BigD just because your Vikings choked the big one.

  264. By Viking Fan on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    I hope Brett returns for 1 more year. It was very exciting to watch him and the Vikings play. They came very close and played an EXCELLENT game.
    All should be very proud of the Viking Team Here’s to HOPING Brett Returns.
    Just think what next year will bring if Brett PLAYS

    I know he is hurting now, but come back next year and hurt the other teams by BEATING THEM – we want to see Brett play

  265. By TW Vike on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    Hey LiL D if it doesnt matter we beat you by 31 why are you still here? We have a video too of your sister (wife) &speaking of choking, WOW ! I wasnt getting nasty, I just asked a simple question. And as far as Brett soiling on Sunday, he took care of that last week on your DEFENSE! Maybe thats Brooking got mad. P.S. Romo is the only class Dallas has !

  266. By PAM on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    THE REFS SHOULD BE FINED FOR THAT TERRIBLE HALF DOZEN CALLS AND NO CALLS IN THE SECOND HALF AND OT GIVING THE GAME TO THE SAINTS.

  267. By TW Vike on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    Moron 73 Do you ever wonder why your face sticks to your pillow ? Dont mind those Viking condoms under your bed. Sweet dreams !

  268. By NFC Central fan on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    The vikes didnt lose the game, inspite of bad ball control. The Saints couldnt beat the vikes even with the referees poor calls/no calls. Remember, it ended in a tie! So why was the game GIVEN to the Saints in OT? Just seen on ESPN2 the first time in two days the bad booth review calls, which prove that individual/ referee allowed the calls to go in favor of Saints. The first one for 4th down and inches was never played again on TV because it showed Thompson loosing control of ball, making it 4th and 2 yards, Saints have to punt. Pass interference call when receiver fell down, makes it 4th and 10, saints punt.
    Finally, Meachems loss control of ball catch(incomplete pass), ball its ground (incomplete pass), yet booth review ref calls it a CATCH! All the refs calls for whole game, and especially this review referee needs investigated, because this is simply the most recent sports moral delima since the Chicago black sox incident. Motive? how about this, MONEY = VIEWERS = MONEY Once the colts won, it was mandatory for the Saints to get to the super bowl. Why? NFL needs/wants people to view in for the super bowl, and this years two teams were decided on week 13th, by popular vote. So this year its the Super Benefit Bowl. Who was unbeaten in week 13 and everyone hoping for an ULTIMATE Super Bowl of undefeateds? Well, they now have it, of course, its NOT so grand because, simply one of the teams was beaten 3x and couldnt win their NFC championship game, and the other team lost by a foolish coach by not playing his best players, which indirectly hurt another industry-gambling.
    Can one imagine how much money was lost on gambling cause not knowing if games were being thrown by not playing best players, and how much influence they must have put on the commissoner to get it under control??? But this is the HOPE bowl. By fixing the match up in the super bowl, we have the Super Benefit Bayou Haiti Vegas Bowl. Forgot about playing for who is the best team. Where’s your heart? Isnt that what its about, Politics, Profits, and Payoffs? One third of the profits will go to New Orleans for the lack of Fed Money they never recieved(shouldnt they be GIVEN a Super Bowl trophy more than money,food, or homes?) one third of the profits will go to Haiti cause thats todays cause, and one third of the profits will be given back to Las Vegas for NFL pulling players and throwing games and playoffs.
    Doesnt anyone remember the NBA ref a few years back who was suspended for shaving points? Could it have happened in the NFL??? A whole game of bad/ no calls is unacceptable. One bad call by booth review ref in OT, possible. Two game deciding bad calls in OT by booth review referee in 2 minutes, most highly unlikely. Three completely controversial game deciding horrific bad calls by a “booth review official”(watching over and over again in slow motion) …. morally, ethically, politically, profitably, UNACCEPTABLE !
    Proof, where is the referees film clips that he used to make his decisions. There are none. Just like the Reggie bush run out of bounds on the 6 inch line, that was “overturned” to a touch down WITH NO clip showing ball inside pylon, cause it was knocked down!! and no overhead clear pic to prove it.. then it CANT Be overturned!!!!!! INVESTIGATION???

  269. By willhwlp922 on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    It is really something that the anti-Farve fans can overlook what took place during the last part of this important game. Did you really overlook those calls against the Vikings (for the Saints) that took the Saints into scoring range? The non-call against Farve for the Brady hits, the Interference call on a play that was a not catchable (read the rule book on that one) – 2 of the last 3 calls put the Saints in position to win that game. That all it takes in any game – 2 critical calls for a team that should have lost the game – but won?

  270. By tiggerr_42431 on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    I would like to say I hold Brettt Favre in tremendous respect for having the heart of a champion. Hit that many times, it was amazing he could come off the table taped up and i certaintly did not expect him to run at the end when he was hobbling at the interview that badly post adrenaline. It is not easy to be a champion in any sport consistently but to be at that high a level at 40 and to have that much heart is a tonic in these tough times for us all. I was disappointed at losing but proud of the effort and I watched and followed the team because of his drama this year more than any other year. No matter who is playing, I do not like to see a sports legend targeted more than the competitiveness of the game. I thought it was classy when Kurt Warner was playing that some of the opposing team after the ball was thrown did not take a shot at him. There were many lost opportunites in the game and not just the calls that did not come when two folks hit at once a player laid out and vulnerable. It would have been easier to take if there had been less turn overs, but the effort was nothing to be ashamed of and there is a lot to be proud of for the team. I only hope Brett does what is in his heart after he heals, but if its the last game it was right up there with Johnny Unitas’s last game and I think the team is better for the year with a legend. I look forward to a Hall of Fame celebration down the road for an entire career and if it was the last game, thank you for being so interesting a legend to watch. It was a special year.

  271. By bxviking on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    The NFL doesn’t want to see Minnesota in the Super Bowl.It doesn’t make for a nice feel good story like the Saints.But their season will end on Feb 7th because the Colts are going to beat them by at least 14 pts.
    As far as all the COWGIRL fans still on our teams site a week and a half after we
    kicked your ass,please get off it and get a f$#kin life!Bunch a crybabies.

  272. By JoeB on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah I’m mad too that the poor officiating clearly favored the Saints. The Vikings outplayed the Saints with the exception of their defense’s inability to create turnovers like the Saints did. The Vikings also outplayed the poor oficiating. All of the bad calls and the Vikings still should have won by two scores. With everything going against them the Vikings overcame the bad calls, stopped the best offense this year to one of their poorest games (yardage wise), and had one of their best games (yardage wise).

    However, the Vikings offense lost the game themselves. A team can not turn the ball over that many times and win.

    NFC Central Fan:

    *Just like the Reggie bush run out of bounds on the 6 inch line, that was “overturned” to a touch down WITH NO clip showing ball inside pylon*

    Someone please correct me if I’m wrong here: The pylon only marks where the goal line is in the vertical sense to the field. It does not mark the goal line in the horizontal sense to the field. The football does NOT have to be INSIDE the pylon to score a TD. The goal line goes horizontally indefinately beyond the pylon. As long as the player is in bounds and the football just breaks the plane (a line that’s paralell with the goal line even 10 ft beyond the pylon) it is a touchdown. The call was overturned and the right call was made. It was a touchdown….get over it! lol

    Regarding Meachem’s catch. It doesn’t matter how long the ball is bobbled. Before the ball touches the ground it’s still a live ball. He clearly bobbled it but from what I saw his hand was under it and it never touched the ground. The right call was made.

    We can blame the officiating all we want but the Vikings lost the game themselves. Period.

    Also the ‘Brettt Favre and the Vikings’ would have been a greater money maker than the Saints and I don’t buy into the officials being bought off. If that were the case the Vikings would have won. Imagine the hype that would be drummed up these next two weeks about Brett Favre. Favre or Brees? Which one interests football fans more?

  273. By John Dolby on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    FYI – I have been a Viking fan for over forty years. I Go way back to the Bud Grand days, and through winning seasons or loosing ones the Vikings are and always be my team. I urge all Viking fans and fans of Brett Farve – Let him know that we want him back for another season- and another shot at the Super Bowl . I’am very upset at the coaching staff – IE Mr. Childress – Tell me just how and why – when we are driving the ball down the field – You decide to go conservitive and send in two back to back running plays that forced Brett into a third down & long position..Had you let Brett do what he does on first and second down – (pass) I’m sure that we would have picked up enough yardage for a field goal attempt and would have won the game. And on to Miami……Do what you have to – to get Brett back – and we will win the Super Bowl next Year……….

  274. By randy on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    I would like to personally apologize for the comments made by BIG D. He evidently did not grow up in the Landry era ! Tom is probably turning over in his grave to hear comments like that made by a Dallas fan!! You don’t run up the score and you don’t kick people when they are down!! Great season for both the vikings and the boys!!

  275. By TW Vike on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    randy- Thats OK . Big D & Moab 73 wil be a Colt or Saints fans next year, depending on who wins. They just like to stir sh*t. They cant help it because they are POOR LOSERS ! Their lives are just that pathetic. I would be ashamed to have them as Dallas fans. Maybe they should get together and live happily ever after. They are truly meant for each other & just maybe they will find love, with each other. That way their sisters & the farm animals will be safe! Good luck guys.

  276. By Teresa on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    I am a saints fan and a Farve fan. I was watching the game in the Superdome. I had an awsome time. I met a lot of Viking fans and enjoyed my time with them. I want to thank you all for coming to our great city and hope you all had a good time. I hope you found our people friendly and helpful. I hope we get to visit with you all again next year. Thanks for the great memories.

  277. By Bill on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    I’ve been a Vikes fan for 40 years. I used to hate Favre when he played against us, but about ten years ago while watching a game I felt someday he was going to play for the Vikes (unbelievable at the time)and bring it home. To anyone who hasn’t played high level football, and who is not over 40, you can’t even imagine how insane his performance was. Truly one of the greatest feats by any athlete ever given his age and the pounding his old frame takes. The defense showed up big time all year as well. I gotta say, however, that AP needs to be traded for a QB pick in 2011. In his prime, Shaq can miss free throws but still dominate. Peterson did not dominate and you simply can’t win tight post-season games with a fumbler like him. talented kid with a big heart, but trade him now.

  278. By hiphop50 on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    To the Vicking fans that are unable to accept the lost to the New Orleans Saints. I am reading about how the Vickings beat themselves with fumbles and interceptions. Why do you think they had all of those turnovers. It was because the Saint’s are a good team and put enough pressure on them to force turnovers. If you want to play in the big game you have to be able to play with the big boys and come out on top. For as Brett Favre he could have taken his 40 year old self out of the game and let the backup have a chance, but it is all about coming back out of retirement and winning the big game so he could go down in history as the first quaterback to do that. Sounds like to me he was thinking more about himself then the whole team. It is a shame that the fans of Minn. had to sit there and watch him make the same mistakes he has made in all of the big games. To all of the Minn. fans that visited our great town . We hope you enjoyed our food and drink and our southern hosptality,

  279. By TW Vike on Jan 27, 2010 | Reply

    Bill – Yes A.P. fumbled twice, but we recovered both of them. Brett got charged with the one on the hand-off.Alot of people would like to see us trade Adrian. Not me! He is atrue talent with alot of years left in the tank. Defenses always have 8 or 9 in the box to stop him. We need D.B.s & safetys who can get us some picks. Keep ADRIAN in purple!

  280. By Jamie on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    You all think that the Vikings “OUTPLAYED” us even though if it wasn’t for the at least 2 BS personal fouls, and getting to continue the drive when the Saints deserved the STOP on 3rd down, the Vikings would’ve had 100 yards less and 2 TD’s less, com’on man….think, LMAO….And as for as Favre outplaying Brees, Favre’s 1 TD 2 INT to Brees’3TD 0 INT What a JOKE!!!! What about the first half when EVERY CALL WENT TO FAVRE! WHAT ABOUT THE 3 FISHY “PERSONAL FOUL” BAILOUT 1ST DOWNS GIVEN TO FAVRE AND THE VIKINGS WHEN THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN PUNTING, WHAT A JOKE. WHAT ABOUT THE INTENTIONAL GROUNDING NO-CALL GIVEN TO FAVRE. WHAT ABOUT THE NO-CALL OFFENSIVE PASS-INTERFERENCE ON RICE WHEN RICE BROKE UP GREER’S INTERCEPTION EARLY, WHICH IS BACKED UP ON ESPN. WE SHOULD’VE KILLED THE VIKINGS BY WAY MORE THAN 3 IF IT WASN’T FOR THE REFS, COM’ON THINK PEOPLE. WHAT ABOUT THEIR 8 TURNOVERS(5 LOST) TO OUR 1 LOST, DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT A SLOPPY @$$ TEAM LIKE THAT SHOULD ACTUALLY BE PLAYING IN THE SUPERBOWL? MANNING WOULD PUT UP 50+. WHAT ABOUT THE 12 PEOPLE IN VIKES HUDDLE, AFTER A TIMEOUT, REALLY BAD COACHING… SHOWS HOW MUCH VIKINGS FANS REALLY KNOW ABOUT FOOTBALL, LMAO!! You and the rest that think that the Saints didn’t deserve the win but the Vikings did, what are a freaking joke…Don’t know football, LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  281. By Jamie on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    I do want to say that after the game, they definitely have some really classy Vikings fans congratulating Saints fans on their way out the Superdome..Very Classy folks, but we still deserve this win over a team that puts the ball on the ground 5 times and into the Saints’ waiting arms twice(should’ve been 3 or 4)!!Credit the Saints D as well. I do want to wish good luck to those same classy Vikes fans, thanks for coming and helping our local economy as well.

  282. By TW Vike on Jan 28, 2010 | Reply

    Jaime- Give your D credit for what ? HEAD HUNTING on Favre & Warner? What comes around goes around.See you next year. Colts44-Aints17.

  283. By Fogman on Jan 29, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe the Vikings deserved to lose the game, but the REF’s didn’t help either…..the BLOWN calls and misses….just makes me sick and really contemplate on hoe the NFL might be fixed…….the low hit on Favre would have been a 1st and 10 at the Saint 19 yard line instead of a pick and who knows what would have resulted their……the ref’s SUCKED in this game…..Goodell should be real proud of his boys—NOT!

  284. By Jamie on Jan 30, 2010 | Reply

    Saints 45
    Colts 31

  285. By Jamie on Jan 30, 2010 | Reply

    TW Vike…I guess you can’t read b/c you would have noticed that the refs had bad calls BOTH WAYS. I know…just look at the ones against your team. Pitiful. Headhunting? Last time I checked, the QB’s in the NFL still wear helmets and shoulder pads, girls!! have fum watching SB44 and every future SB WITHOUT your pitiful team participating.
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  286. By Jamie on Jan 30, 2010 | Reply

    Now have fun girls, LMAO!!

  287. By Charlotte Migues on Jan 30, 2010 | Reply

    I agree 100% with Fogman! We all know how the Sanits got to the Super Bowl,
    they were helped! The official or officals chose not to review the low hit on
    Brett even though it kept being shown on TV, and the hit by McCray in the first
    quarter when Brett was out of play, and we know why! The game would of had a different outcome if it was not in that Superdome! I know the reason
    why the Saints won the game because the City needed it, which is a lame excuse. I am from southwest Louisiana and know first hand that it’s business as usual no matter what it takes! Our area flooded bad twice (2005 and 2008
    from hurricanes) which is one time more than New Orleans, and we were never given treatment like New Orleans, we took care of ourselves! Go Colts!

  288. By TW Vike on Jan 30, 2010 | Reply

    Jaime- Can you say 0 & 1? Peytons the NFLs poster boy & the flags will FLY! Sorry TAINTs, your Bullsh*t wont fly in the superbowl. COLTS RIP YOU A NEW ONE 44-17. Its ashame the best NFC team, THE VIKINGS, arent there to give the Colts a real CHALLENGE!

  289. By TW Vike on Jan 30, 2010 | Reply

    Jaime- Going both ways is something your familiar with, IM SURE!

  290. By Kate on Jan 30, 2010 | Reply

    I wish to thank the entire team of the Minnesota Vikings for an unbelievable year. This season has been more fun than I have had for a very long time. I could feel the comradery and strength as a team grow with each game. You are a powerful unit and will totally dominate next year.
    Have a restful break. You’ve earned it. Can’t wait to see you again in the Fall.
    P.S. I was at the game. Harrassed the whole time. Would have been scared for our safety had we won. Even security was mouthy as we left the stadium. Thank you Mall of America Field for offering help to those who might need it while visiting.

  291. By Stephen S. on Jan 30, 2010 | Reply

    Jaime…even with -4 in turn overs, the Vikings had 500 plus yards against your saints and in a tie we were heading to a winning field goal, yet we were robbed by the refs bad non calls during the drive, the President of the NFL is looking into it and you can bet those refs will be called on as favoring the home team Saints….And the colts will take your Saints out just as easy as Katrina took out New Orleans

  292. By Julio on Jan 31, 2010 | Reply

    BRETT WENT FROM KING TO CLOWN.

  293. By Jeff on Jan 31, 2010 | Reply

    12 men in da huddle
    12 men in da huddle
    Lookin like Fools
    12 men in da huddle

    Fire Col Klink!

  294. By Kate on Feb 2, 2010 | Reply

    Jeff, stop talkin’. Yo sounds like a idiot.
    If your trying to insult someone, try speaking their language so they can understand you.

  295. By Roy Rodgers on Feb 17, 2010 | Reply

    Some Vikings fans are haters. They can’t stand the fact that the Packers have a tough quarterback for many years to come. Common jealots with no knowledge of football. Do you’re research and you will know what is what. I can’t help it if the Vikings lost their best shot at a Superbowl. Maybe 10 years from now they might have another shot. But the Vikings chance for a Super Bowl Victory has once again come and gone. So step aside now and stop you’re hating.

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