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Minnesota 9 @ New Orleans Saints 14: Who Dat Say!?


Welcome to the first regular-season installment of Who Dat Say?!, your pre-eminent post-game source of all the news, views, quotes, tweets, videos, and whatnot from Saints games.

The Saints took on the Vikes last night, and what a 14-9 victory it was.  Not the high-scoring shootout that some expected, but a hard-fought game with scoring brilliance, lots of killed drives, inexplicable missed field goals, a blocked extra point, a defense that picked Favre off once, did ok stopping the run, and that really saved the game when the offense disappeared for long stretches of time.  And how nice was it watch PT Bruiser run out the clock for most of that last drive.

Make the jump and read on...


sharper42 All we do is win win win

jeffduncantp The 14 points is the lowest total by the Saints in a victory in the Sean Payton era.

Official_Saints "We aren't use to 14-9 victories, but we are use to winning. We like the 'W' " @DrewBrees

Official_Saints KEY NOTE: The #Saints controlled the ball for 21:07 of the 2nd half.

Official_Saints Sedrick Ellis on sacking Favre "As long as he has been in the league & the things that he has done to get a sack on him was really cool."

Official_Saints "Big win - really good win for our team. We played a very good team tonight & I was proud of the way we came through," - Payton

usama_young28 The dome was insane! Thanks for all the support Who Dat nation and all my folks back at home... Largo reppin... #DMV

jgoody76 It wasn't pretty but an ugly win is better than a pretty lose any day.

T_Porter22 Just finished the night w/ a big win...s/o to the ppl who said we would lose lol..special s/o to all my #whodats that love us..we love u guys as well..

T_Porter22 1-0...let's get it!

MalcolmJenkins Great win Who Dat Nation!!!... Now lets go get 2, Monday night Football here we come!!!... but first lets go BUCKEYES!!!

alexbrown96 First game at the Dome and all I can say is WoW!! Thanks Who Dat Nation for bringing the noise tonight. 1-0 exactly where we expected to be

iWillSmith 1-0 now, The Who Dat Nation was alive today, thanks yall for the support, now we on to the next one!!!!! Go Saints!!!!!


Game Reports, Wrap-Ups, Commentary and Photos

Saints grind out win over Vikes 14-9 | | Eye on Black and Gold
Brett Martel's AP report on the game. Game Center: Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints NFL Game Center. Includes stats, video highlights, photos, box score, drive chart, and much more.

Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints - Recap -
NFL Football Recap: Final statistics from the Minnesota vs. New Orleans game. Includes box score, play-by-play, drive chart, photos, and video highlights. | Saints win NFL opener defeating Vikings, 14 to 9
Freda Yarbrough's brief game recap.

New Orleans Saints beat the Minnesota Vikings 14-9 in the season opener at the Superdome |
In-game quarter-by-quarter updates from T-P/ staff.

New Orleans Saints begin to run the ball and take the lead |
Doug Tatum's 3rd Quarter Report.

Minnesota dominates the second quarter on New Orleans Saints |
Doug Tatum's 2nd Quarter report.

New Orleans Saints shun the run, slice and dice through the air |
John DeShazier's 1st Quarter report.

GAME BLOG: New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings |
Jude Young's in-game blog updates.

Vikings-Saints rapid reaction - NFC South/NFC North blog -
Pat Y's and Kevin Seifert's first thoughts on the game.

First Take: Super Bowl Champion Saints use survival mode to edge Vikings in opener |
B A-W. It was anything but easy in the Big Brees-y. But Planet Who Dat can breathe a huge sigh of relief as the New Orleans Saints opened defense of their NFL championship with a less than convincing 14-9 win against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night before 70,059 at the Superdome.

Saints-Vikings Notes |
Staff report with news and notes from the game.

Saints Defeat Vikings 14-9 in NFL Opener |
Some of the same, but also some different notes from the above staff report.

Photos | New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings, 9/9/10 |
Gallery of game photos.

PHOTOS: Unofficial holiday as Saints fans party again | | Eye on Black and Gold
Around the city, some took the day off, others dressed in black and gold and all had their eyes on Thursday night's nationally-televised game.

New Orleans Saints fans revel as NFL treats city to parade, concerts |
'It's Who Dat season'

New Orleans Saints kick off season with win over Minnesota Vikings |
Saints happy to finish with 'a team win'

New Orleans Saints fans experience team's banner moment |
'World Champions' banner signifies team's greatest accomplishment

Saints hold back aggressive defense, still come up big in win | | WWL Sports
Roman Harper nudged ever so slightly to the edge of the line before exploding into the backfield on a blitz. Brett Favre, the harried Vikings quarterback, quickly got rid of the ball, but Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma intercepted it.

Saints’ Hartley can’t find range in opening 14-9 win | | WWL Sports
Saints owner Tom Benson sidled up next to kicker Garrett Hartley and had one simple message Thursday night inside New Orleans’ locker room.


From the Longship

Saints win a ragged rematch |
Judd Zulgad - In fairness, it would have been nearly impossible for the Vikings' regular-season opener on Thursday night to live up to the hype. Includes game photo gallery.

Saints 14, Vikings 9: New Orleans shuts down Brett Favre and the Minnesota offense -
Brief staff report with photo gallery.

As it turns out, practice has value |
Jim Souhan - This may or may not be a coincidence, but for much of the Vikings' opener in New Orleans on Thursday night, their offense looked as if it needed more practice.

Saints Defeat Vikings 14-9 In Season Opener


V-Roll Roll Call

Postgame Vlog: Saints defeat Vikings, 14-9

NFL Videos: Meachem 26-yard reception
Drew Brees fumbles the snap in the end zone but avoids a safety by quickly recovering and firing a 26-yard completion.

NFL Videos: Vilma picks off Favre
Brett Favre gets hit hard and throws a pass that is intercepted by Saints LB Jonathan Vilma.

NFL Videos: Thomas 1-yard TD
Saints RB Pierre Thomas finishes off an 11-play drive with a 1-yard TD run in the third quarter.

Super Bowl Banner Unveiled at Season Opener

Dome Patrol Reunites for Saints Opener -

Malcolm Jenkins says the Saints defense played well as a unit




Watch this at WWL - Sean Payton

Watch this at WWL - Anthony Hargrove

Watch this at WWL - Jermon Bushrod

Watch this at WWL - Jo-Lonn Dunbar

Watch this at WWL - Point After Show