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Video:, The Vikings had a solid run game and a strong pass blocking line. The Saints were without their two starting tackles and their top two receivers. The Saints had no other quality skill position players for Brees to target. This game was a nail biter from the very beginning with the Saints trying to get the ball back as quick as possible. Down two touchdowns, the Saints showed their true colors. They ran the ball with abandon and didnt care who got hurt. Brees threw a pick six on the Saints final drive and the Saints never really were able to get closer. For the Vikings it was all about getting the defense back in the game and getting to the end zone. The defense didnt allow a single touchdown all evening as the Vikings took control. NFL Game CenterWith the game tied at 23, the Saints got on the board on the opening series. They sent six men on the line of scrimmage and took a quarterback keeper to keep the Vikings off-balance. QB Drew Brees lofted a pass to WR Willie Snead in the back of the endzone to give the Saints a 10-0 lead. The Vikings answered with a touchdown of their own with a long bomb to WR Greg Jennings. The Vikings drove down the field and found themselves in third-and-10 at their own 22-yard-line. RB Brad Smelley had gotten open deep for a first down but the pass wasnt caught. The Vikings took over at their own 17-yard-line. The Vikings went three-and-out then went three-and-out again, but on the ensuing drive the Vikings put together a beautiful drive that featured four straight incompletions. On third-and-seven, QB Drew Brees threw an overthrow to WR Mark Ingram in the endzone. The Saints marched down the field to set up a fourth-and-1 at the 24-yard-line, where Brees took a sack and was forced from the pocket. It was a critical conversion and a chance for the Vikings to tie the game or go for the win. NFL Game CenterAfter the first quarter the Vikings came out firing on all cylinders. The running game was at full steam and it was leading the charge. The passing game looked great and the defense looked stellar. The Vikings defense was making plays all game long. In the third quarter, the Saints offense was playing catch up. The Saints had a hard time getting a first down. The Vikings offense was having trouble keeping the clock moving. The run game was working and the passing game was clicking, but the Saints needed first downs and the Vikings were not getting them. In the fourth quarter, the game was pretty much decided.

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