As it turns out, only 10 Vikings will be making a trip to Miami… and it will be to play in the Pro Bowl.
In many ways, some of the lesser-known Vikings kept them in this game while the superstars made lethal mistakes that proved too many to overcome.
The team was charged with six fumbles, a number that should make anyone’s jaw drop. Adrian Peterson was responsible for half of those fumbles. Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian, and Darius Reynaud can claim the other three.
Brett Favre tossed two interceptions, including an unthinkably poor choice at the end of regulation. Favre took a risk to throw across his body when he could have merely limped forward and gained enough yards to give Ryan Longwell a realistic shot at booting a game winner.
Jared Allen and Kevin Williams had two tackles a piece, but were largly absent from the action and did not get much pressure on Drew Brees.
This was another heartbreaker for Vikings fans, but with every ending comes a new beginning.
I would like to extend my congratulations to the Saints, their fans, and the City of New Orleans. You have a fine team, and you deserve to be playing in February.
And remember… there is always next year.