Sunday’s NFC Championship Game on Fox drew a record 57.9 million viewers and ranked as the “most watched conference game” since the 1981 NFC Championship Game between Dallas and San Francisco on CBS Jan.10th 1982 which drew 68.7 million viewers.

The Saints win came down to a 40 yard field goal in which kicker Garrett Hartley hammered through the uprights in overtime to send the Saints to Super Bowl XLIV to meet up with Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.

Former Saints Quarterback Archie Manning who played most of his 16 year NFL career for the Saints says despite still living in New Orleans he’ll be pulling for his son Peyton Manning and the Colts.

Saints Quarterback Drew Brees was quoted as saying “he felt a calling to come to New Orleans”, and the 60 million dollar 6 year contract helped that too. Now after a league best 122 touchdown passes the Saints and Drew Brees have hosted and won a NFC Championship Game.

New Orleans opened their franchise in 1967 with a 3 and 11 season and over the years fans have been in the stands with grocery bags over their heads in disgust but not this year. The team has never been past the second round of the playoffs. This story-book type season concludes in two weeks. The Saints by most opinons looked good with the exception of the running game, which needs to be in place for the meeting with the Colts.

The odds are against a 1st time team winning a Super Bowl but the Saints are hoping for a little luck to beat those odds. We’ll see soon enough……….

Submitted by Buddy Williams

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