Not lengthy after the Saints defeated Carolina 31-26 to advance to Sunday, Jan. 14’s divisional playoff at U.S. Financial institution Stadium, Vikings radio analyst and former linebacker Ben Leber obtained a number of textual content messages from gamers who have been on the profitable aspect of that 31-28 additional time recreation eight years in the past on the Superdome.
“I used to be getting trash speak from some former Saints gamers,” Leber stated Monday. “I am getting pumped up for this recreation.”
Leber, who had 5 tackles within the epic defeat, would not determine those that despatched the messages besides to say they have been “outstanding gamers” from the 2009 Tremendous-Bowl profitable group who had been invited to observe Sunday’s victory over the Panthers on the Superdome.
Sunday’s recreation will mark the primary time because the 2009 NFC championship recreation the Vikings and the Saints meet within the playoffs. The one remaining gamers from the groups are Vikings defensive finish Brian Robison, and Saints quarterback Drew Brees and punter Thomas Morstead.
Nonetheless, there was loads of buzz in Minnesota about getting again on the Saints.
“Will probably be extra of a revenge recreation for the followers,” Robison stated. “That was eight years in the past. There’s only a few guys on that workforce (remaining). There’s just one on this workforce. No one right here goes to keep in mind that.
“I assume, in a method, yeah, you get a chance (for revenge), however we have got to deal with it like some other recreation.”
The Saints gained Jan. 24, 2010, on a area objective on the primary possession of sudden-dying extra time. The Vikings had superior to New Orleans’ 33-yard line with 19 seconds left in regulation and the rating tied 28 however have been penalized for having 12 males on the sector earlier than quarterback Brett Favre threw an interception.
Afterward, some Vikings gamers accused Saints gamers of to knock Favre, then forty, out of the sport. In 2011, the NFL initiated the so referred to as “Bountygate” investigation. In 2012, the league dominated there was a system in place that paid Saints gamers bonuses for injuring opposing gamers. Coach Sean Payton after which-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams suspended for the 2012 season.
“I imply, you’ve got seen the sport,” Robison stated. “What have been there, three or 4 private fouls? So what do you assume?”
The Saints have been referred to as for 2 private fouls for roughing Favre, and had one other for pointless roughness. Leber stated he does not consider there was any malice on the a part of the Saints.
“What is the one factor that you simply attempt to do to any quarterback, particularly a man that has restricted mobility and is previous? You attempt to hit him,” Leber stated….