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Forget the triumphant John Facenda narration and Sam Spence music for which NFL Films is most noted -- yesterday's Saints-Vikings NFC Championship game was more attuned to Elmer J. Fudd and "Yakety Sax". The Vikings wouldn't have been in the game at all but for Adrian Peterson's ridiculous fumble luck (did he have the ball on a string?), except that Drew Brees' normally hyper-precise missiles looked decidedly off-target at times. It was Theater of the Absurd, but it was as compelling as any game this season, no matter how faulty the execution.
We like dramatic twists and turns, and while it's obviously better to have great plays and players doing their best against each other, games like this year's NFC Championship still keep us enthralled because we're waiting to see one of two things -- either someone will pull out of the muck and do something spectacular, or someone else will drop deeper in the quicksand and give the game away. When the Vikings were busted for 12 men in the huddle (after a time out!) and Brett Favre threw that ridiculous across-the-body interception, we knew that Minnesota could very possibly give the game away. And still, they lost the game in overtime to the vagaries of a coin flip.
The Saints got to the Super Bowl by way of the greatest season in franchise history, but their final home game of the 2009 season brought back memories of the "Aints" of old. And in some weird way, that's just as compelling as the most heroic journey.
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