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Former Vikings QB Rosenfels Tells His Story of NFC Title Game vs. Saints

Sage Rosenfels was a backup to Brett Favre on Jan. 24, 2010, when the Minnesota Vikings met the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome with a trip to Super Bowl XLIV on the line.

In a story for Sports Illustrated's new football website, The MMQB, Rosenfels goes inside that day.

Some interesting highlights from Rosenfels' story:

* The Vikings' offense had wristbands "which, for the first time that season, had every offensive play in numbered order," Rosenfels' story reads. "These wristbands were created with the expectation of unprecedented crowd noise."

* The 12 men on the field penalty late in regulation that pushed the Vikings out of range for a possible game-winning field goal was a result of a play call that was usually run with a fullback in the game, but wouldn't be in this case. "The only problem was that a couple guys heard the play call and thought it was in a personnel grouping that involved the fullback. When the players huddled on the field ... we ended up having 12 men on the field. We noticed it from the sideline, but there was nothing that could be done," Rosenfels wrote.

* Of Tracy Porter's game-saving interception on the next play, Rosenfels wrote that Favre later told him "he couldn’t get anything on the ball, thanks to a combination of exhaustion and his busted-up ankle."

* The Saints won the toss in overtime. "I walked back over and sat next to (Favre)," Rosenfels recalled. "He turned to me and said 'I choked.'"

* On the atmosphere that night in the Dome, Rosenfels wrote, "I talked to some friends who were at the game. All of them said it was, without a doubt, the most amazing sporting event they had witnessed. The atmosphere during the game, the intensity on the field and in the stands with celebratory tears flowing, and the all-night party in the French Quarter were unforgettable. For those who were in the Superdome that night, the experience was incredible."

 

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