Trading a Ferrari for a forklift

Versus the Vikings, the Saints' usually high-octane O played it safe -- and won

Originally Published: January 25, 2010
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints can celebrate their NFC championship while also cherishing this: Winning ugly can do wonders for a team at this time of year.

It can reinforce toughness. It can create more confidence. Most importantly, it can sharpen the focus of a squad that needs one more victory to secure a world title.

Yes, the Saints' 31-28 overtime win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday had plenty to do with an opportunistic New Orleans defense. It forced five Vikings ...

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