Posted by: Jeff | January 22, 2010

Skol Vikings

Minnesota Vikings' Brett Favre (4) celebrates with Chester Taylor (29) after Favre threw a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)

I’m a Minnesota Vikings fan, which means I’m giddy with nervousness about the game this weekend.  It’s the first time the Vikings have made it to the NFC championship since 2000, a year that will forever be sullied by the fact that the Vikes got a 41-0 drubbing at the hands of the Giants.

So yes, there’s a bit of pressure riding on this game.  This is a team with high expectations – as high, perhaps, as the 15-1 Vikings of 1998 – a team that ended the season in heartbreak with a missed FG in overtime from the unshakable Gary Anderson in another lost NFC Championship game.

This is the closest the Vikings have been to the Super Bowl since then – and that’s a game we’ve never won.  The Saints are favored, and their offense is amazing.  But the Vikings just authoritatively dismantled the Dallas Cowboys, a team that a few short weeks before had made quick work of the Saints.  This is a game that one might feel confident about if the team doesn’t have a history of choking in the limelight.

Brett Favre changes a lot of that – he seems to rise to occasions in a way that Vikings fans can’t get used to.  His performance against Green Bay and Dallas this season show that when he is on top of his game, even the best opponents don’t have a chance.  He seems loose and enthusiastic – he joined the Vikings to win the NFC Championship and now it’s arrived.

It will be an epic game.  And I hope I’m not hiding under a blanket so I can see it.

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For a more thorough review of the game itself, check out my friends at Kibitzers, two of whom had the good sense to pick the Vikings to win on Sunday.

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