2000 Divisional Round New Orleans Saints @ Minnesota Vikings Part 4

2000 Divisional Round New Orleans Saints @ Minnesota Vikings Part 4


WHAT THEY’RE TRYING TO DO IS TRY TO GET YOU TO FLOW ONE Y AND THEN COME BACK THE OTHER WAY. WATCH HOW HE STARTS THIS WAY AND THEN COMES BACK AS WE LOOK AT UMP-CAM. JUST NICELY DONE. WELL CONCEIVED. CARRIED OUT PERFECTLY.>>Dick: GARY ANDERSON WITH THE EXTRA POINT. AND THE KICK IS GOOD SO THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS GOING AGAINST THE TOUGHDEFENSIVE UNIT HAVE SCORED THE MOST POINTS OF THE SEASON. 34 POINTS.>>Dick: 34-10 LEAD BY THE VIKINGS. WE TALKED ABOUT HOW MINNESOTA, LOSING THOSE LAST THREE GAMES BUT THEY FACED BRETT FAVRE AND THEY FACED KURT WARNER AND PEYTON MANNING. TODAY IT’S AARON BROOKS, WHO IS INEXPERIENCED.>>Matt: I THINK SOME OTHER THINGS ALSO, DICK. I THINK THE FACT THAT THEIR DEFENSE CHANGED UP. I THINK THAT MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE, I REALLY DO. I THINK EMMITT THOMAS WHOSE DONE A NICE JOB. HE’S CHANGED. HE’S BLITZED. HE HASN’T SAT BACK AND I THINK THAT’S MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN TODAY’S GAME. YOU GOT THE BIG PLAYS FROM RANDY MOSS, WHICH HAS BROKEN THEIR BACK.>>Dick: OF COURSE, DENNY GREEN, WHOSE VIKINGS ALWAYS HAVE DONE WELL BEFORE AND AFTER BYE WEEKS, ESPECIALLY AFTER THE WE OFF AND IT LOOKED LIKE THE VIKINGS GOT HEALTHY AS FAR AS CULPEPPER, KOREY STRINGER AND MITCH BERGER. AND THEY CAME AS IF IT WERE A NEW SEASON WITHOUT QUESTION. FRED McAFEE RETURNING FOR THE SAINTS. AND McAFEE OUT TO THE 29 YARD LINE. IN JUST 15 DAYS, THE ALL-MADDEN TEAMS RETURNS. THEN THE BIGGEST QUESTION OF THE NEW YEAR WILL BE ANSWERED ™ WITH THE UNFAILING OF THE BLOCKBUSTER 18th ANNUAL ALL-MADDEN TEAM. 5:00 P.M. EASTERN AND MOUNTAIN, 4:00 P.M. PACIFIC AND CENTRAL RIGHT HERE FOX.>>Matt: I DON’T KNOW IF YOU KNOW THIS, BUT I HAVE JUST BEEN A — I’VE BEEN A SCOUT FOR THE ALL-MADDEN TEAM FOR THE LAST NINE YEARS.>>Dick: AND WELL PAID?>>Matt: VERY WELL PAID. WE EAT GREAT.>>Dick: FOUR MEALS A DAY. AND ONE OFHE VIKINGS IS SHAKEN UP, AND THAT’S ROBERT TATE. AND THEY’RE GOING TO COME OUT AND TEND TO HIM. TATE, WHO INTERCEPTED THE PASS ON THE LAST DRIVE, AND THE VIKINGS ULTIMATELY SCORING.>>Matt: LOOKS LIKE HE’S CRAMPING UP A LITTLE BIT. ONCE THE OFFICIALS STOPHE CLOCK, YOU HAVE TO LEAVE FOR AT LEAST ONE PLAY.>>Dick: ORLANDO THOMAS HAD CRAMPS EARLIER, TN HAD A SPRAINED AM STRING AND HAD TO COME OUT OF THE GAME. SO ANTONIO BANKS REPLACES ROBERT TATE. FIRST DOWN FOR THE SAINTS THEIR 29 YARD LINE. AND THE PASS IS KNOCKED DOWN. GOOD DEFENSIVE PLAY THAT TIME BY KEITH THIBODEAUX ON THE THROW INTENDED FOR JAKE REED.>>Matt: THIS DEFENSE, THIS DEFENSE NEEDED A GAME LIKE THIS, TO GET A LITTLE BIT OF CONFIDENCE BACK. THEY NEEDED TO BE ABLE TO SLOW SOMEBODY DOWN. IF YOU LOOK AT THE, YOKNOW, PHILADELPHIA AND NEW YORK, A YOU LOOK AT THEM AND HOW THEY MATCH UP. THEY MATCH UP PRETTY WELL. THIS VIKING OFFENSE, IF THEY CAN SCORE POINTS AND GET THIS TYPE OF DEFENSE, DEFENSIVE PLAY, THEY HAVE A GREAT BE SHOT.>>ick: AND WILLIE JACKSON WITH THE RECEPTION SHORT OF THE FIT DOWN. THE FORWARD PROGRESS WILL BNG HIM TO LESS THAN A YARD WITH DWAYNE RUDD, WHO HAS D AN OUTSTANDING GAME AT LINEBACKER TODAY.>>Matt: I THINK HE ALWAYS PLAYS PRETTY GOOD, THAT DWAYNE RUDD. HIS GREATEST ASSET IS HIS SPEED. AND HE’S A GOOD INTENSE GUY. HE REALLY FLIES TO THE FOOTBALL.>>Dic SO THE HURRY-UP AND THAT’S ALL THE SAINTS CAN DO. MISSING THEIR LAST SIX THIRD-DOWN CONVERSIONS. THEY NEED ONLY ONE. AARON BROOKS WITH THE PASS NEARLY INTERCEPTED. IT WAS INTENDED FOR JACKSON. ANWASSWA SERWANGA HAD THE BEST SHOT AT IT.>>Matt: GOOD ZONE COVERAGE. VERY WELL DONE.>>Dick: THEY’LL GO FOR IT ON FOURTH DOWN, FOURTH AND ONE, TRAILING 34-10.>>Matt: YOU LOOK AT HOME AND SAY, WHY? IT’S OBVIOUSLY WHY THEY HAVE TO DO IT. THEY’RE DOWN BY 24 POINTS. THEY HAVE TO SCORE NOW. SO EVERYTHING IS FOUR-DOWN TERRITORY.>>Dick: AND THE PASS TO MORTON, THAT WILL BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE FIRST DOWN. AND MORE TOWN MORTON IS STOPPED BY DWAYNE RUDD. BUT THE CLOCK CONTINUES TO RUN. AND THE VIKINGS WITH■ 34 POINTS, THAT’S THEIR SEASON’S HIGH, LEADING 34-10. LOSER GOES HOME AND THE WINNER WILL MOVE ON TO THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME NEXT SUNDAY ON FOX AGAINST THE WINNER OF THE EAGLES-GIANTS MATCHUP. COMES YOUR WAY TOMORROW AFTERNOON. BROO GOING SKWUNTD 19th AGAIN FOR WILLIE JACKSON. THEY HAVEN’T TAKEN MANY SHOTS TODAY.>>Matt: AND THE COVERAGE IS DICTATING THAT, DICK, BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT GOING TO TAKE A SHOT DOWN THE FIELD. NOW SOMETIMES, IF YOU HAVE GREAT SPEED, YOU CAN TAKE THAT SHOT NO TTER WHAT COVEGE IT IS. THAT’S■■ANDY MOSS. AND YOU CAN EVEN TAKE A SHOT WHEN YOU’RE TRYING TO PROTECT DEEP WHICH THEY DID TWICE. BUT HERE, THEY DON’T HAVE A RANDY MOSS, SO YOU’RE FORCED TO TAKE WHAT THE DEFENSE IS GOING TO GIVE YOU, WHICH IS JUST UNDERNEATH STUFF.>>Dick: SECOND DOWN AND FIVE. THERE’S MORTON AND MOWERTON IS DRIVEN BACK, BUT HIS FORWARD PROGRESS WILL INTO VIKING TERRITORY AT THE 48, WITH SERWANGA MAKING THE TACKLE.>>Matt: THIS IS WHAT THEY’RE DOING RIGHT NOW. YOU HAVE YOUR TWO DEEP HERE. THEN YOU’RE GOING FIVE UNDERNEATH THERE. THAT GIVES YOU THE FOUR RUSHERS. THEY’RE NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU ANYTHING DOWN HERE. THEY’RE GOING TO FORMS YOU TO THROW IT BACK UNDERNEATH.>>Dick: SO THIRD DOWN AND ONE. THIS CROWD ENJOYING THE DAY AS THE VIKINGS HAVE NEVER TRAILED SCORING ON THE THIRD PLAY OF THE FIRST DRIVE OF THE GAME, SEVEN-0, AND THEY NEVER LOOKED BACK. AND THE SAINTS CALLING A TIME-OUT.>>Dick: VIKINGS JUST 8:22 AWAY FROM MOVING INTO THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME NEXT WEEK AGAINST THE WINNER OF TOMORROW’S GAME. GIANTS HAVEHANDLED THE EAGLES TWICE. HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO WIN THREE TIMES AGAINST A TEAM IN ONE YEAR?>>Matt: I THINK IT’S REALLY TOUGH BECAUSE I THINK THE ADVANTAGE THERE PSYCHOLOGICALLALLY IS WITH THE EAGLES. I THINK IT’S ONE THING WHEN YOU’VE DONE IT TWO TIMES, AND YOU LOOK AT IT AND GO, I KNOW WE CAN DO THIS AGAIN. I THINK IT’S TOUGH.>>Dick: THIRD DOWN AND ONE. THIS IS A TWO-DOWN SITUATION. BUT THEY WON’T NEED THE TWO AS WLIE JACKSON UNDERNEATH GETS THE FIRST DOWN TO THE VIKING 42 YARD LINE. AGAIN, THE HURRY-UP FOR THE SAINTS AND AARON BRKS, WHO IS A FOTHOUND DRAFT PICK, AND WAS TH NUMBER THREE QUARTERBACK LAST YEAR AT GREEN BAY BEHIND BRET FAVRE AND DON HASSLE BACK. HERE’S THE QUARTERBACK DRAW AS BROOKS CAL HIS OWN NUMBER. WE DIDN’T REALLY SEE HIM SCAMPER MUCH TODAY.>>Matt: I THINK THAT’S A CREDIT TO THAT, TO THE VIKING DEFENSE. THE BIGGEST THING THERE I THK THEIR COVERAGE, COULDN GET RID OF THE BALL. TO GO BACK TO THIS WHOLE THING, DENNIS GREENS HAS HAD A FANTASTIC YEAR. MAYBE DOESN’T GET AS MUCH CREDIT AS HE DESERVES. YOU REMEMBER AT THE START OF THE SEASON, A LOT OF PEOPLE, INCLUDING MYSELF, THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING TO CRASH AND BURN.>>Dick: MANY PEOPLE PICKED THEM TO FINISH LAST IN THEIR DIVISION. FIRST DOWN AND THE PASS TO CHAD MORTON. MORTON WITH SOME NIFTY MOVES. AND IS FINALLY NAILED AT THE 21 YARD LINE. AND ANOTHER FIRST DOWN. THAT WAS FERNANDO SMITH DOWNFIELD. AND A PICKUP OF 13 YARDS. AND AGAIN, THEY HAD JEFF GEORGE LAST YEAR AND THEY DECIDED TO WITH REALLY A ROOKIE. HE DIDN’T PLAY LAST YEAR AND DAUNTE CULPEPPER LEADS THE TEAM TO 7-0 EN ROUTE TO WHERE THEY ARE NOW. BUT THE DEFENSE IS WHERE THE VIKINGS REALLY HAVE IMPRESSED TODAY. FIRST DOWN AT THE 21. LOW TOSS IS CAUGHT BY KEITH POOLE. AND POOLE PICKING UP ABOUT SIX.>>Matt: WELL, LOOK AT THIS, YOU’RE GOING TO — HE NEEDS FOUR SCORES. YOU HAVE 6:30 HERE. YOU HAVE TO SCORE HERE GET AN ONSIDE KICK PROBABLY. AND GET ANOTHER SCORE. AND GET ANOTHER ONSIDE KICK,>>Dick: WHEN YOU SAY GET AN ONSIDE KICK LIKE YOU HAVE THAT AUTOMATIC.>>Matt: ST. LOUIS DID IT LAST WEEK. IT CAN BE DONE.>>Dick: AN INTERCEPTION AND THAT IS KAILEE WONG WITH THE PICK. AND THAT WILL JUST PUT AWAY THE STORY OF ONSIDE KICKS FOR A WHILE.>>Matt: WELL, THAT IS — THAT’S ALMOST PERFECT, DICK, BECAUSE THE DEFENSE, WHICH HAD BEEN MUCH MALIGNED ALL SEASON, PARTICULARLY AT THE END OF THE SEASON, TODAY IN THIS GAME, THE DEFENSE PLAYED FANTASTIC.>>Dick: THERE’S ONLY ONE GAME IN WHICH THE VIKINGS ALLOWED FEWER POINTS THAN THEY HAVE RIGHT NOW, AND THAT IS SECOND GAME OF THE YEAR AGAINST THE MIAMI DOLPHINS WHEN THEY PREVAILED 13-7.>>Matt: THEN AGAIN, IT’S JUST SITTING IN THE ZONE. AND HE NEVER REALLY SAW HIM. HE COULDN’T HAVE SEEN HIM. IF HE SAW HIM, THEN HE WAS THINKING HE WAS THE INTENDED RECEIVER. TRIED TO SNEAK ONE INSIDE AND KAILEE WONG WAS IN.>>Dick: SECOND INTERCEPTION BY THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS AND WELL DESERVED JUBILATION BY A MALIGNED DEFENSIVE UNIT. AS THEY GET THE BALL BACK OVER TO THE OFFENSE. AND YOU CAN EXPECT THE VIKINGS TO EAT UP THE CLK. MEANING ROBERT SMITH. AND HE GETS THE CALL ON FIRST DOWN. NORMAN HAND MAKING THE TACKLE.>>Matt: WELL, IT’S GREAT FEELING ON THE SIDELINE WHEN YOU KNOW YOU’RE MOVING ON. AND YOU JUST START PLAYING THAT NEXT WEEK. ALL OF A SUDDEN, YOU START THINKING ABOUT IN GIANT-PHILADELPHIA GAME TOMORROW AND HOW YOU MATCH UP AND WHAT YOU CAN DO. AND YOU START TO THINK YOU KNOW, WHO YOU’RE GOING AGAINST. AND ALL THOSE THINGS START TO GO THROUGH YOUR MIND BECAUSE IT’S THE GREATEST FEELING. BECAUSE YOU KNOW YOU’RE STILL IN IT. ONTHE ORDINARY SIDE, IT’S A BAD — IT’S A HORRIBLE FEELING. BECAUSE IN THIS LEAGUE THERE’S ONLY ONE SUCCESSFUL TEAM A YEAR. AND YOU JUST — EVERYTHING YOU’VE DONE TO GET TO THIS POINT, YOU HAVE TO DO IT ALL OVER AGA JUST TO GET THE SAME WIN AGAIN NEXT WEEK.>>Dick: HERE IS ROBERT SMITH AGAIN. SO THE VIKINGSPPEAR TO BE GETTING INTO THE SAME POSITION THAT THEY’VE KNOWN IN RECENT YEARS, JUST A COUPLE OF YEARS■ AGO N THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. ANDERSON ANDERSON MISSED A 38-YARDER, THE ONLY MISS OF THE YEAR, AND THEN IN OVERTIME, MORE MORTON ANDERSEN WON IT WITH THIS FIELD GOAL. BUT GO BACK TO 1987, THIS PLAY, WADE WILSON TRYING TO GET IT DO DARREN NELSON, AND THE REDSKINS PREVAILED 17-10. SO A COUPLE OF HARD-BREAKING SETBACKS BY THE VIKINGS IN NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES. AND THEY’RE GOING TO TRY TO REVERSE IT. BUT THEY’LL HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY. IT WILL BE THIRD DOWN AND VE AT THE 16 AS WE WIND DOWN TO FIVE MINUTES REMAINING IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. HERE IS DAUNTE CULPEPPER. AND THERE IS CRIS CARTER! AND HE NEEDED TO GET BY ONE MORMAN.>>Matt: HE HASN’T FORGOTTEN BY JIM HASLETT OVER THERE, HAD A HE? HE’S GOING TO WORK THAT THING ALL DAY LONG. WATCH CRIS CARTER ON THE OUTSIDE. MATHIS IS GOING TO TURN HIM OVER BACK TO THE INSIDE. WATCH HOW HE WORKS THE DEFENDER. SETS HIM UP. GETS HIM OFF BALANCE. AND NOW BREAKS DOWN TO THE INSIDE WHERE THAT SAFETY IS SITTG. AND IT’S JUST A MATTER OF GETTING TO THE OPEN SPOT. BUIT ALL STARTS WITH THE KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE GUY ACROSS FROM YOU. HE DOES THAT SO WELL.>>Dick: DARREN PERRY MADE THE STOP. BUT CARTER, HAVING A WHALE OF A GAME, EIGHT CATCHES, 120 YARDS. AND A TOUCHDOWN RECEPTION. FIRST DOWNT THE 39 YARD LIN AND HERE IS ROBERT SMIT AND ON A DAY IN WHICH SMITH WAS NOT ABLE TO RUN WILD AGAINST THIS NEW ORLEANS DEFENSE, MANY PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE THE BAROMETER OF THIS GAME. BUT IT WASN’T BECAUSE THE VIKINGS CLICKED WITH BIG PLAYS ON OFFENSE. AND THEIR DEFENSE PLAYED MAYBE THEIR BEST GAME OF THE SEASON.>>Matt: I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANY QUESTION IT WAS THEIR BEST GAME. AND IT’S THE RIGHT TIME TO BE PLAYING YOUR BEST GAME DEFENSIVELY. BECAUSE CONFIDENCE IS A CURIOUS THING IN THIS LEAGUE. CONFIDENCE CAN TAKE YOU TO PLACES YOU HAVEN’T BEEN. YOU START BELIEVING THAT YOU CAN DO IT. GUYS PLAY THAT MUCH BETTER. THEY’LL NEED THAT MUCH BETTER EFFORT IN TH CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.>>Dick: THE SAINTS WILL CALL A TIME-OUT.>>Dick: 3:36 REMAINING IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN COMMAND, LEADING 34-10. THEY LED 17-3 AT THE HALF. AND HAVE GONE ON FROM THERE AND HAVE TOTALLY DOMINATED IN THE SECOND HALF. DAUNTE CULPEPPER WITH THREE TOUCHDOWN PASSES TODAY. TWO OF THEM TO RANDY MOSS AND ONE TO CRIS CARTER. SECOND AND T AT THE 39 YARD LINE. AND CULPEPPERGOING UP ON TOP AND THE PASS INCOMPLETE, INTENDED FOR MATT HATCHETTE. AND THAT WILL BRING UP THIRD DOWN.>>Matt: IT’S INTERESTING BECAUSE THEY’RE DROPPING THEIR SAFETIES DOWN TRYING TO GET THE EXTRA RUN DEFENDER TO TAKE IT AWAY IN THE RUNNG GAME WHEN ROBERT SMITH DOES RUN. AND CULPEPPER HASN’ DEVIATED FROM WHAT THEY HAVE BE DOING HE’S GOING TO SAY, OKAY, YOU DROP THAT GUY DOWN? I’M GOING TO TAKE A SHOT OUTSIDE.>>Dick: THERE IS CRIS CARTER, WHO HAS HIS SECOND CAREER POSTSEASON 100-YARD GAME. EIGHT CATCHES, 120 RDS AND A SCORE. RANDY MOSS ALSO GOING 100. ONLYTWO CATCHES FOR 121.>>Matt: WHEN YOU LOOK ATHAT THIS VIKING TEAM IS ABOUT, THEY MATCH UP WELL WITH THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS.>>Dick: THIRD DOWN AND TEN. AND PASS INTENDED FOR JOHNNY McWILLIAMS, INCOMPLETE. NOW, THING IS, IF THE GIANTS DEFEAT THE EAGLES TOMORROW, THE VIKINGS WILL HAVE TO GO TO GIANTS STADIUM IN THE COLD TO PLAY THERE. AND IF THE EAGLES WIN, THEN THE VIKINGS WILL BE THE HOME TEAM AGAINST PHILADELPHIA.>>Matt: BOTH OF THOSE DEFENSESPRESENT DIFFERENT THINGS. SO THE PHILADELPA EAGLES, THEY’LL GIVE I WAS LOT OF DIFFERENT LOOKS AND THEY’LL GIVE YOU PRESSURE LOO, AND THEY’LL TAKE CHANCES. D THEY HE TWO GOOD CORNERS ON THE OUTSIDE. BUT EVENITH THOSE TWO GOOD CORNERS, YOU STILL GOING TO NEED HELP WITH RANDY MOSS DEEP DOWN THE FIELD. I THINK THEY’LL BE ABLE TO MATCH UP PRETTY GOOD WITH CRIS CARTER. BUT THE SPEED OF MOSS, HE’S A GAME CHANGER.>>Dick:IT IS FOURTH DOWN AND BERGER WILL KICK. McAFEE, NOW CHAD MORTON BACK DEEP. MORTON IS HIT AT THE 33 YARD LINE. MORTON SLOW GETTING UP. WELL, MY FRIEND, YOU’RE GOING TO BE MISSED IF IT IS INDEED THE CASE, MORE THAN YOU KNOW. MATT MILLEN MAY BE HEADING TO GREENER PASTURES. AND, MATT, WE HAVE THE GAME BALL SIGNED BY EVERYBODY FOR YOU BECAUSE, AFTER SEVEN YEARS, THE ONE THING I WILL SAY TO YOU, MATT, THAT THE HIGHEST COMPLIMENT ANYONE CAN PAY IS YOU ARE AUTHENTIC AND THAT’S WHAT YOU ARE, MY FRIEND, AND EVERYONE ON OUR CREW FEELS THAT WAY ABOUT YOU. WE LOVE WORKING WITH YOU IF, INDEED, THIS IS OUR FINALE.>>Matt: SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO MOVE ON TO BLUER — OR GREENER PASTURES.>>Dick: A SLIP.>>Matt: A IF TH DO, I APPRECTE IT VERY MUCH, DICK. IT’S BEEN A BLAST.>>Dick: HONOLULU BLUE>>Matt: HERE IS AARON BROOKS. AND THE PASS TO CHAD MORTON. AS THE CLOCK WINDS DOWN TO THRE MINUTES TO GO IN THIS FOURTH QUARTER. AND, OF COURSE, RICHIE ZOYNTZ, THE PRODUCER AND ARTIE WORKED WITH YOU TWO YEARS BEFORE I JOINED YOUR TEAM REALLY, YOU HAVE MADE THEIR LIVES PLEASURABLE, TO SAY THE LEAST.>>Matt: I THINK MISERABLE IS THE WORD YOU WERE LOOKING FOR.>>Dick: CHAD MORTON GETS FIRST DOWN INTO VIKING TERRITORY. AND, YOU KNOW, NOT ALL OF THE HIGH WATER MARKS BELONG TO THE VIKIS. CHAD MORTON SETTING A PLAY-OFF RECORD FOR MOST RECEPTIONS IN A GAME. LOOK AT THAT COMPANY. KELLEN WINSLOW, THURMAN THOMAS AND SHANNON SHARPE. 2:29 REMAINING. AND THE PASS DOWNFIELD CAUGHT BY WILLIE JACKSON. AND JACKSON TO THE 15, TO THE 10. AND HE’S GOING TO SCORE. FOR THE SAINTS. 48-YARD TOUCHDOWN PASS. AARON BROOKS HITTING WILLIE JACKSON. ROBERT GRIFFITH MISSED THE TACKLE. SO AARON BROOKS WITH HIS SECOND TOUCHDOWN PASS OF THE GAME, MAKING IT A LITTLE MORE RESPECTABLE WITH 2:19 TO PLAY.>>Matt: WELL, THEY FINALLY FOUND THE HOLE IN THE ZONE, DICK. BECAUSE THEY WERE JUST SITTING DOWN INSIDE. THEY GOT TO THE MIDDLE. A PLACE WHERE THEY HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET TO ALL SEASON LONG. IT WAS JUST A GOOD JOB OF RUNNING. PICKED UP A NICE BLOCK BY KEITH POOLE ON THE OUTSIDE TOET HIM GET TO THE EDGE AND MAKE THAT SCORE.>>Dick: AND THEY’RE GOING TO GO FOR THE TWO-POINT CONVERSION AS YOU SEE JACKSON, WHO TIED JERRY RICE’S RECORD LAST WEEK WITH THREE TOUCHDOWN CATCHES IN A POSTSEASON GAME. THEY’RE GOINTO GO FOR TWO AND THEN WHAT, MATT, WE CAN SAY IT NOW, RIGHT? ONSIDE KICK.>>Matt: YOU N SAY THE ONSIDE KICK. THIS TURNED IT INTO A THREE-SCORE GAME IF THEY CAN GETTHIS.>>Dick: BROOKS’S PASS AND JAKE REED CAN’T HOLD ON. AND IT WAS TYRONE CARTER ON THE DEFENSE. SO THE SAINTS WILL SETTLE FOR SIX NOW AND THE VIKINGS EADING 34-16. WITH 2:19 TO GO. YOU KNOW, THIS GAME BROUGHT TOGETHER THE OWNERS OF THE TWO TEAMS WHO WERE OLD FRIENDS. AND WE’RE TALKING ABOUT RED McCOMBS AND TOM BENSON. AND THEY BOTH LD CARS FROM LOTS IN SAN ANTONIO BACK IN THE 50s. THEY WERE COMPETITORS THEN. McCOMBS FIRST MET BENSON AFTER ARRIVING IN SAN ANTONIO IN 1958. THEY HAVE BEEN GOOD FRIENDS IN ONE LINE OF WORK, AND NOW REMAIN GOOD FRIENDS BUT COMPETITORS TODAY IN ANOTHER LINE OF WORK.>>Matt: WELL, BOTH OF THEM HAVE EXCELLENT TEAMS AND BOTH OTHEM HAVE GOOD, YOUNG PLAYERS ON T TEAMS AND STUFF TO BUILD WI. DAUNTE CULPEPPER ON ONE SIDE, JIM HASLETT WITH THAT YOUNG GROUP OF OFFENSIVE LINEMEN AND DEFENSIVE LINEMEN. BOTH THESE TEAMS ARE GOING TO BE RIGHT BACK HERE AGAIN IN THE PLAYOFFS NEXT YEAR.>>Dick: AND FOR THE SAINTS, YOU KNOW, AS YOU MENTIONED, MATT, IT’S ALWAYS A DISAPPOINTMENT WN YOU GO OUT. BUT THIS NEW ORLEANS CLUB PROBABLY, OBVIOUSLY, WENT FARTHER THAN ANYONE HAD ANTICIPATED. AND PERHAPS THE INJURIES, THE MULTITUDE OF INJURIES, FINALLY CAUGHT UP WITH THEM TODAY. ALL OF THE SKILLED POSITIONS, SO FORTH.>>Matt: THE KEY TO ME THOUGH, IS, THEY GOT BETTER EVERY WEEK. AND A TEAM THAT KEEPS PRING, THAT’S INDICATIVE OF A LOT OF THGS. AND TO ME, THAT GOES BACK TO THAT COACHING STAFF.>>Dick: TWO KICKERS, TOBY GOWIN AND DOUG BRIEN, ARE BOTH OUT THERE. AND ONE OF THEM, ON A CRISSCSS SITUATION, WILL EXECUTE THE ONSIDE KICK. D IT’S GOING TO BE TOBY GOWIN. REMEMBER, IT HAS TO GO TEN YARDS. AND I’M NOT SURE IT DID.>>Matt: IT DIDN’T GO TEN YARDS, I COULD SEE FROM HERE. BUT IT MAY HAVE HIT SOMEBODY BEFORE IT WENT OUT OF BOUNDS. THEY WENT FOR THAT TWO-POINT CONVERSION. IF THEY’D HAVE GOTTEN HE IT, THEY WOULD HAVE HAD THEMSELVES — THEY HAD A SHOT AT JUST A TWO-SCORE GAME.>>Dick: TO TIE THE GAME.>>Matt: TO TIE IT.>>Dick: NOW THEY NEED THREE SCORES WITH 2:16 TO GO. THE SAINTS WITH ONE TIME-OUT LEFT.>>Matt: GOING TO HAVE OFFSETTING, IT LOOKS LIKE.>>Referee: OFFSIDES, 28, ON THE RECEIVING TEAM. CK-OFF OUT OF BOUNDS ON THE KICKING TEAM, KNOWS PENALTIES WILL OFFSET. WE’LL REKICK THE FIRST SHORT FREE KICK.>>Dick: SO THEY’LL KICK IT AGAIN AS RICKY WILLIAMS AND THE BIG QUESTION ALL WEEK LONG WOULD RICKY WILLIAMS BE AVAILABLE? AND A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, IT LOOKED LIKE THERE WAS NO CHANCE OF HAVING SURGERY TO HIS BROKEN ANKLE. LE TAN TWO MONTHS AGO. AND THEN THE INJURY SITUATION TO DAUNTE CULPEPPER. AND BOTH CAME BACK IN ACTION. CULPEPPER, THOUGH, VERY IMPRESSIVE TODAY. WITH THREE TOUCHDOWN PASSES. AND NOW, THE REKICK AND, AGAIN, THE ONSIDE KICK WITH>>Brian: AND GO WITHIN. AND IT’S GO WITHIN AGAIN. — GOWIN AGAIN. THIS ONE IS RECOVERED BY THE — BY WILLIE JACKSON OF THE SAINTS.>>Matt: YOU CAN’T ADVANCE IT SO IT WILL BE WHERE HE CAUGHT IT.>>Dick: SO HE GETS THEONSIDE KICK.>>Matt: THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO ME A DETERMINATION ETHER HE CAUGHT IT BEFORE TEN YARDS OR AFTER. IF HE CAUGHT IT BEYOND TEN, IT’S GOOD. IF HE CAUGHT IT BEFORE TEN IT’S NOT GOOD.>>Dick: THERE’S A FLAG DOWN. VERY CLOSE, THOUGH.>>Matt: YEAH, TOUCHING BEFORE.>>Referee: ILLEGAL TOUCHING ON A FREE KICK, NUMBER 88 IN THE KICKING TEAM.>>Dick: GREAT CALL.>>Referee: FIVE-YARD PENALTY AND RECK.>>Dick: JUST INSIDE THAT LINE. IF IT HAD BEEN AT THAT LINE, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN TEN YARDS.>>Matt: THAT’S A PRETTY DEFINITIVE LOOK FROM OUR CAMERA CREW, WHO HAVE DO AND A GREAT JOB ALL SEASON LONG. WE WERE SITTING RIGHT DOWN THAT LINE. SO YOU GOT A BIRD’S-EYE VIEW.>>Dick: 2:11 REMAINING. AND RIGHNOW, I THINK THE VIKINGS ARE ON TO THE SAINTS HAVING TWO OF THEIR KICKERS ON THE FIELD.>>Matt: THINK THEY’VE FIGURED IT OUT? JUST A HUNCH, HUH?>>Dick: FORMER LION. HERE IS TOBY GOWIN AND DOUG BRIEN AGAIN. SO FAR, GOWN HAS BEEN DOING THE ONSIDE CKING DUTIES. AND THIS TIME,>>Bria. BUT THERE ARE NO SAINTS THERE. AND ONLY VIKINGS AND THERE’S ANOTHER PENALTY MARKER DOWN. SO THAT ONE WAS FIELDEBY MATTHEW HATCHETTE. 2:ON 04 TO GO. AND WE HAVE THREE ONSIDE KICK ATTEMPTS. THIS IS AN OFFSIDES PENALTY AGAINST THE SAINTS.>>Referee: OFFSIDE, 23, KICKING TEAM, PENALTY’S DECLINED. FIRST DOWN.>>Dick: SO THE VIKINGS HAVE A FIRST DOWN AND BUBBY BRISTER WILL COME IN AT QUARTERBACK. BUT OUR CHANCE NOW TO THANK WHAT WE FEEL IS A TREMENDOUS CREW, AS GOOD AS YOU’LL FIND ON NETWORK TELEVISION IN ANY SPORT. TODAY’S GAME PRODUCED BY RICHIE ZOYNTZ AND DIRECTED BY ARTIE KEMPNER. ANOTHER GREAT YEAR WITH THOSE GUYS. THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR GREG AND OUR BROADCAST ASSOCIATES JACOB OLE MAUNL AND JOSH WINEGRAD. PARTICULAR CAL PRODUCER DEAN WALKER AND THAT GREAT CREW YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT AND RICHIE BASILLI, OUR TECHNICAL DIRECTOR. THE PREGAME SHOW PRODUCED BY SCOTT ACKERSON AND DIRECTED BY BOB LEVY. THE SENIOR PRODUCER BILL BROWN AND THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS OF FOX SPORTS ED GOREN AND DAVID HILL. AND LET’S NOT FORGET DERRICK MANNING, ANOTHER ASSOCIATE PRODUCER AND THE GREAT JOB THAT HE HAS DONE. ANGST THANKS ON TOWER PEOPLE IN THE BOOTH, CHRIS OUR SPOTTER,>>Dick: TWO-MINUTE WARNING HERE IN MINNEAPOLIS, AS THE VIKINGS GETTING SET TO MOVE ON, LEADING 34-16 WITH TWO MINUTES TO GO. AND A BIG DAY BY ALL OF THE BIG GUNS. DAUNTE CULPEPPER, CRIS CARTER, RANDY MOSS. AND ROBERT SMITH, WHO MANAGED TO SCORE A TOUCHDOWN IN A DAY IN WHICH THE SAINTS DID AS WELL AS THEY COULD IN DEFENDING AGAINST THE GREAT RUNNING BACK.>>Matt: YEAH, THEY DID. INTERESTING THING ABOUT THIS MINNESOTA VIKING TEAM, EVERY TIME HEAR A TEAM SAY WELL, WE GOT TO GET SOME BIG PLAYS, THAT BOTHERS ME BECAUSE YOU CAN’T GAME PLAN BIG PLAYS. BUT WITH THAT MAN RIGHT THERE, I REALLY BELIEVE YOU CAN COUNT ON HIM WITH THIS OFFENSE. SEEMINGLY EVERY WEEK, RANDY MOSS COMES UP WITH THE BIG PLAY THAT RESULTS IN A SCORE.>>Dick: ANDBUBBY BRISTER HANDINOFF TO HAROLD MOREAU FOR A COUPLE OF RDS. COMING UP ON THE SOUTHWEST AIRLINES POST-GAME SHOW, J.B., TERRY, HOWIE AND CHRIS WILL HAVE DIVISION DEFENSEMAN PLAY-OFF HIGHLIGHTS AND ANALYSIS AND THE FOX SPORTS TICKER WILL HAVE UP TO THE SECOND STATS ALL COMING UP NEXT ON THE SOUTHWEST AIRLINES POST-GAME SHOW>>Matt: I THINK OUR PREGAME SHOW, I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANY BETTER. I THINK THEY HIT A HOME RUN TODAY, J.B., TERRY, HOWIE AND CRIS, AS USUAL, RIGHT ON THE MONEY. I ALSO THINK THAT OUR FOX CREWS CRUISERSALLY ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE TO WHAT’S OUT THERE. YOU WATCH A LOTOF DIFFERENT GAMES, WATCH A LOT OF DIFFERENT GAMES AND YOU CAN SEE WE HAVE COVERAGE THAT OTHER PLACES DON’T HAVE. I THINK THE FOX PEOPLE ARE THE BEST.>>Dick: HERE’S MOREAU AGAIN.>>Matt: HE FAKED HIMSELF RIGHT OUT. THAT’S THE FIRST TIME I EVER SEEN A GUY FAKE HIMSELF OUT OF HIS OWN JOCK RIGHT THERE.>>Dick: SO TO SPEAK.>>Matt:E KNEW IT, TOO.>>Dick: ROBERT SMITH WILL ENJOY THAT ONE.>>Matt: DON’T THINK WE’RE THE ONLY THAT ONE –>>Dick: OOH, THAT’S UGLY! THAT’S UGLY!>>Matt: THEY’LL HEAR ABOUT IT THIS WE. LOOK AT THIS, HERE’S THE FAKE AND I FAKED MYSELF RIGHT OUT.>>Dick: SO IT IS FOURTH DOWN AND MITCH BERGER COMG ON TO KICK IT AWAY. AND DON’T YOU THINK MOREAU’S GOING TO HEAR ABOUT THAT?>>Matt: ABSOLUTELY. LOOKED LIKE THAT WAS SOMETHING BAD THERE. GUARANTEE HE HEARS ABOUIT THIS WEEK.>>Dick:INK MOREAU WILL WANT TO GETAWAY?>>Matt: YOU’VE SEEN THAT COMMERCIAL.>>Dick: HERE’S THE KICK BY BERGER. AND IT WILL GO INTO THE END ZONE WITH A TOUCHBACK WI 22 SECONDS REMAINING. WELL, BEFORE WE BID ADIEU TO THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, THEY DID SOMETHING N OTHER TEAM DID IN THEIR HISTORY, AND THEY HAD A GREAT HIORY. ARCHIE MANNING, DANNY ABRAMOWICZ WHO WILL A GOOD HIT. AND HANK STRAM, THE COACH. CHUCK MUNCIE, ONE OF THE GREAT RUNNING BACKS. GEORGE ROGERS, BUM PHILLIPS, BOBBY HEBERT AND JIM MORA, WHO HAD SOME GREAT TEAMS. PAT SWILLING AND LET’S NOT FORGET RICKY JACKSON, AND SAM MILLS THE MIDDLE LINEBACKER AND LAST YEAR, MIKE DITKA. THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS WINNING THEIR FIRST PLAY-OFF GAME IN HISTORY LAST WEEK AGAINST THE RAMS, THE TRAIL RUNS OUT FOR THEM TODAY, MATT. BUT THEY’VE GOT A FUTURE. AND WHEN YOU CONSIDER ALL OF THE INJURIETO KEY PEOPLE, IS T TO S OVERACHIEVED, I.>>Matt: WL, THEY JUST ACTUALLY, THEY JUST STARTED THE TRAIL. THIS TEAM IS GOING TO BE AROUND FOR A WHILE.>>Dick: CHAD MORTON ON THE RUN. AND THEY’VE GOT A GO HEAD MAN. AND STILL AROUND IS DENNIS GREEN, WHO IS GOING TO MOVE ON. E MINNESOTA VIKINGS, THE NUMBER TWO SEED WILL ADVANCE TO THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME FOR THE EIGHTH TIME IN TEAM HISTORY, LIKE TO REVERSE THE EVENTSF TWO YEARS AGO WHEN THEY LOST TO THE FALCONS IN OVERTIME HERE. BUT THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS HAVE MOVED ON AS THEY HAVE DEFEATED THE TS ANDCARTER AND HASLETT SHAKE HANDS WHEN IT’S ALL OVER. THE FINAL SCORE HERE AT THE METRODOME IN MINNEAPOLIS, THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS 34, AND THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 16. AND RIGHT NOW, LET’S GO DOWN TO PAM OLIVER WHO IS WITH DENNIS GREEN. Pam: LOSING YOUR LAST THREE GAMES OF THE REGULAR SEASON IS INDICATIVE OF NOTHING WHERE THIS TEAM IS CONCERNED.>>IT’S A NEW SEASON FOR US. WE SAID THAT FROM THE START. WE DIDN’T LIKE WHAT HAENED. BUT I’M NOT KNOWN FOR GOING TO GET MAD AT OUR FOOTBALL TEAM. WE HAVE GOOD ENERGY, GOOD SYNERGY, WE UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER. I THINK WE KNOW WHAT IT’S GOING TO TAKE. WE GOT OUR OFFENSE GOING TODAY AND WE FELT ALL ALONG OUR DEFENSE COULD PLAY BETTER.>>Pam: YOU COULD BE GOING ON TO NEW YORK BUT IT COULD BE HERE. BUT STILL, YOU’RE BACK IN TH C CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.>>WE’RE NOT

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