Did everyone see the same game I did on Sunday? I think some in the sports media get so wrapped up in Brett Favre hatred that they sum up the game like this: interception and lost the game. But I saw a lot more than that.
First of all, I talked about having an emotional edge in my prediction post about Sunday’s games. I had predicted that the game would be close, but that emotions would run high, especially on the part of the Saints. I knew this game meant a lot to the team that had never gone to a Super Bowl, and the town that needed some great news. I suggested that if the Saints didn’t get their emotions under control, it would cost them.
The final score was a victory, but let’s face it, the amount of ridiculous penalties the Saints had showed that they were keyed up to the point of implosion, and those were the ones that were called. What about the lack of call on the low hit on Favre? The one that caused him to limp off the field? The rulebook clearly states that unless blocked or fouled into a quarterback, players are not allowed to lunge at a quarterback’s legs. But the Saints did, and there was no penalty for it.
The Vikings, on the other hand, had a set of emotions to work through themselves. How many fumbles did Adrian Peterson need to have before he stepped up and played decently. Favre threw a boneheaded interception at the end in a play meant simply to get more yardage for a Ryan Longwell field goal. What was coach Brad Childress thinking? Longwell could have still easily made that without needing to jam in another pass.
I still believe the Saints have the power to win the Super Bowl, but they need to seriously take a look at the way they played on Sunday and get their heads together. I doubt the Colts are going to have the emotional issues (dropped passes, fumbles, lame calls, and interceptions) that the Vikings had.
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