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Saints beat Vikings 14-9 in tough NFL opener

 Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress yells instructions during an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Thursday, Sept. ...
 A New Orleans Saints fan reacts during the NFL football season opener between the Saints and the Minnesota Vikings at the Louisiana Superdome in New ...
 New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees leads the crowd in a "Who Dat" cheer prior to an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in New Orl...
 New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton watches from the sidelines during the first half of the NFL football season opener against the Minnesota Vikings...
 Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) is pursued by New Orleans Saints defenders Jonathan Vilma, right, and Jimmy Wilkerson (99) during...
 New Orleans Saints receiver Lance Moore reacts after catching a first-down pass during the second half of the NFL football season opener against the ...
 New Orleans Saints fans react during the NFL football season opener against the Minnesota Vikings at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on Thursd...
 Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sits on the field after being tackled in the second half of the NFL football season opener against the New ...
 Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre gets up slowly after being tackled during the second half of the NFL football season opener against the New...
 Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre reacts after failing to make a first down during the first half of the NFL football season opener against t...
 Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) is tackled by New Orleans Saints' Scott Shanle (58) during an NFL football game in New Orleans, T...

Vikings Saints Football

Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress yells instructions during an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Thursday, Sept. ...

Vikings Saints Football

A New Orleans Saints fan reacts during the NFL football season opener between the Saints and the Minnesota Vikings at the Louisiana Superdome in New ...

Vikings Saints Football

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees leads the crowd in a "Who Dat" cheer prior to an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in New Orl...

Vikings Saints Football

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton watches from the sidelines during the first half of the NFL football season opener against the Minnesota Vikings...

Vikings Saints Football

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) is pursued by New Orleans Saints defenders Jonathan Vilma, right, and Jimmy Wilkerson (99) during...

Vikings Saints Football

New Orleans Saints receiver Lance Moore reacts after catching a first-down pass during the second half of the NFL football season opener against the ...

Vikings Saints Football

New Orleans Saints fans react during the NFL football season opener against the Minnesota Vikings at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on Thursd...

Vikings Saints Football

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sits on the field after being tackled in the second half of the NFL football season opener against the New ...

Vikings Saints Football

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre gets up slowly after being tackled during the second half of the NFL football season opener against the New...

Vikings Saints Football

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre reacts after failing to make a first down during the first half of the NFL football season opener against t...

Vikings Saints Football

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) is tackled by New Orleans Saints' Scott Shanle (58) during an NFL football game in New Orleans, T...

Drew Brees completed 27 of 36 passes for 237 yards and one touchdown as the New Orleans Saints survived a hard-fought season opener for a 14-9 victory Thursday night.
It wasn't the most spectacular way to open a title defense, considering it was a rematch of the riveting 2009 NFC title game last January, in which the Saints took an overtime win to advance to their first Super Bowl.
It was the lowest-scoring victory of the Sean Payton era, which began in 2006. Still, the Saints will take it, considering their defense limited Brett Favre to 171 yards passing and one score.


Updated : 2021-04-14 04:24 GMT+08:00