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