January 25, 2010 / 3:29 AM / 10 years ago

Saints edge Vikings to reach first Super Bowl

New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter runs with the ball after making an interception against the Minnesota Vikings in the final seconds of the fourth quarter of their NFL NFC Championship football game in New Orleans, Louisiana January 24, 2010. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The New Orleans Saints reached their first Super Bowl after a thrilling 31-28 overtime victory over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday earned them a match-up against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Saints won the toss for overtime possession after regulation finished 28-28 and Garrett Hartley slotted home a 40-yard field goal to set off wild celebrations in a city that less than five years ago was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

In front of a raucous 71,000 crowd at the Louisiana Superdome, the Saints thwarted 40-year-old Vikings quarterback Brett Favre’s dream of becoming the oldest quarterback to play in a Super Bowl.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw three touchdowns, while Vikings running back Adrian Peterson scored three times in the losing cause.

Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami; Editing by Nick Mulvenney

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