With Super Bowl LII scheduled to be played February 4 in the privately funded Brett Favre Lee Jeans Stadium and Churro Emporium, Childress said he couldn't help but wonder how this latest chapter of his life might have ended had the Vikings not beaten the New Orleans Saints in a tight NFC Championship Game at the Superdome on January 24, 2009.
The Saints finished 10th on defense, but were also the number two offense (391.2 yards per game and 28 points per game) and are very hard to stop once they get into a rhythm.
Vikings fans, anecdotally, are treating the upcoming playoffs in one of two ways: They are bravely touting how good their 13-3 team is, or they are nervous about Minnesota blowing a game in an unexpected, painful way.
That's not a good sign leading into the divisional round against the Minnesota Vikings, who lost just one game in U.S. Bank Stadium this year.
"We've been very outspoken, since we found out we're having the Super Bowl here ... we wanted to be the first team to play in our own Super Bowl", said Rudolph. "We're just going to watch the game", linebacker Nigel Bradham said. Drew Brees is looking to win his 2nd Super Bowl but he's going to have to get by Case Keenum and the ruthless Vikings.
The Vikings have done a tremendous job of slowing down opposing team's running backs this season and that'll be one of their top priorities against the Saints. Thomas wound up with 104 catches this season, and he caught eight more for 131 yards last week vs. Carolina. Payton was the offensive coordinator in Dallas while Zimmer was the defensive coordinator. For example, quick passes to running back Jerrick McKinnon out of the backfield could go a long way toward winning this game.
"Probably as some assistant in Kansas City, or something", he said, breaking into the hearty laugh for which he's been known during his time as Minnesota's "Garrulous Governor Chilly". QB Case Keenum: 67.5 comp. pct. Drew Brees will have his moments but it's Zimmer's offense and ground attack that will be the difference as the Purple Gang keeps Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara under wraps for the majority of the afternoon... They're the first pair of running backs on the same team to each have at least 1,500 yards from scrimmage in a season.
After last year's upsetting overtime loss at the Super Bowl against the Patriots, the Falcons enter this playoff season with one objective: don't repeat last year.
Keenum was nothing more than a perennial backup over his first five seasons in the league before he was called under center in Minnesota after Sam Bradford went down in Week 1 and again in Week 5. This defense is just plain tough to move the ball on. "He's working back in, getting his feet wet". "I've been happy for him knowing the road he's traveled to get to where he is", Brees said.
So who should they be rooting for?