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When it mattered most, Saints' defense made difference against QB, Vikings

Originally Published: January 24, 2010
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

NEW ORLEANS -- In these parts, they refer to it as lagniappe, a Creole word that, roughly translated, means "a little something extra."

On Sunday in the Superdome, the underappreciated New Orleans Saints defense provided a dose of lagniappe to this long-suffering franchise. The Saints' defenders compensated for a sometimes conservative New Orleans offense in a 31-28 overtime victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game.

"We just weren't going to lose, no matter ...

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