The Saints march into a date with destiny

There will be millions of stories about the New Orleans Saints going to their first Super Bowl in a couple of weeks, but no matter how many stories you will read, you have to love it when a team as storied as the Saints gets to the big game for the first time in history. This team was destined to be here.

There were 42 years worth of demons, 42 years of mostly struggles, 42 years of waiting until next year.

Not anymore. This, the 43rd year of the New Orleans Saints, will be different.

The Saints are going to Super Bowl XLIV. It just seems magical. It seems like destiny.

While the Saints’ defense forced five turnovers and routinely hit Vikings’ 40-year-old future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre hard, the Saints could never gain much separation from the Vikings.

Brees, the Saints’ prolific passer who typically has his way against opposing defenses, never could get the Saints’ offense rolling the way it had for much of the season.

Brees completed 17 of 31 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns. He did not throw an interception, but the offense sputtered for much of the second half and the Saints finished the game just 3-of-12 on third down.

“It wasn’t pretty, ” Saints running back Reggie Bush said. “It was ugly as matter of fact. But we got the win. I’ve never seen a field goal look so pretty in my entire life.”

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