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The Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints are set to face off on Sunday in the divisional round.
Both these teams met in week one at U.S. Bank Stadium. Vikings won 29-19, but of course the game that is still on the mind of Vikings fans is the 2009 NFC Championship.
The Vikings lost in heartbreaking fashion 31-28 in overtime and have not won a playoff game since then. Fans are especially still bitter about the bounty gate that took part in that game.
The Vikings are 21-11 all-time against the Saints (2-1 in the playoffs). The last time these two teams met in the divisional round was in 2000.
Daunte Culpepper went 17/31 for 302 yards and three touchdowns. Cris Carter had eight receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown. Randy Moss had two receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Robert Smith rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.
Carter on the second touchdown:
“Not a lot of people can make that play,” Carter said of Moss, who runs a sub-4.2 for 40 yards. “It was unbelievable that he could outrun the angle they had on him and make that play in traffic. His nickname is `Super Freak,’ and he showed why.’ “(espn.com)
The Vikings advanced to the NFC Championship but fell 41-0 against the New York Giants on the road.
Previous playoffs meetings (home teams in bold):
2009: Saints 31 Vikings 28 (overtime)
2000: Vikings 34 Saints 16
1987: Vikings 44 Saints 10 (wildcard round)