You feel like there's a brotherhood that will always be there and you know guys who live in different parts of the country, they have their families they have their lives they have all this stuff going on you know you may not talk to them for a long time and yet you get back together it's as if no time has passed and that's the way it was yesterday seeing all those guys and seeing them later tonight and that's the way it is.
The Vikings are two wins away from playing in a Super Bowl on home turf and Zimmer hopes their fanatical support can lift them into an NFC Championship date with the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles - who they would have to travel to face - or the Atlanta Falcons. The New Orleans offense is no joke, but there is no doubt that this Vikings defense is capable of shutting them down. The Saints have become more balanced and dynamic on offense through the talented rushing duo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. Blair Walsh always will take the blame for the Vikings' first-round playoff loss because of his missed field goal, but it was Peterson's fourth-quarter fumble that led to the drive that resulted in Seattle kicking the go-ahead field goal.
Here are three X-factors for the Vikings against the Saints. More than a few have resigned themselves to the idea that it won't be if the Vikings fail to win (or even qualify for) the Super Bowl, but when and how they will pour the opportunity down their leg. Also, expect offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to line up Jerick McKinnon in the slot to exploit a Saints defense which allowed six catches and 101 yards to Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey last week.
Vikings cornerback Terence Newman (foot) was listed as questionable for Sunday.
Is the Saints' season about to end, or will the circle remain unbroken?
Terence Newman, who is in his third year with Minnesota, has been selected to two Pro Bowl teams (2007, 2009).
Rhodes will be the last line of defense in trying to stop a receiver who has looked borderline unstoppable at times.
The Vikings haven't dressed three quarterbacks for a game since November 7, 2013, when Leslie Frazier was the coach and Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman all were active against Washington.
These aren't the doormat Saints defenders from years past.
The fact that Favre was concussed helps to make sense of the horrendous decision he made to throw the ball late in that game, which was picked off and essentially helped the Saints seal the game. It may have been fair to cast doubt at first, considering the 9-15 career record and the uninspired play from the year before, but Keenum has proven week after week that he is not the quarterback he was in Los Angeles. That's easier said than done for a quarterback making his first postseason start. Would anyone be shocked if Keenum played poorly? "Ingram's more of a downhill runner".
Much has changed since then. Kamara also is a big receiving threat out of the backfield.
It's a tall task over the course of a 60-minute game. If the Vikings can play straight up with no turnovers from the offense, they will win this game.