They went to four super bowls between 1970 and 1976 with offensive stars like Fran Tarkenton, former Saints receiver John Gilliam, running back Chuck Foreman, and a dominant defense nicknamed "The Purple People Eaters".
The Vikings on the other hand, had barely qualified for the playoffs at 8-7, and would enter the postseason as the lowest seed, traveling to New Orleans for a 1st round Wild Card match up.
Two more Minnesota touchdowns in the 2nd Quarter had Saints fans on the verge of panic, but when a field goal tightened the margin to 24-10, New Orleans faithful held to the belief that the team would rebound in the 2nd half.
Led by legendary quarterback Brett Favre and young dominant running back Adrian Peterson , the Vikings were favored by some to hand New Orleans a 3rd heartbreaking playoff defeat in the two teams' history against each other.
This 32nd meeting between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings will obviously not possess some of the postseason drama that the series has given us over 3 decades, but history has certainly shown that this tale of two cities will result in an unpredictable outcome.
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