New Orleans Saints defeat Minnesota Vikings, 31-28

NEW ORLEANS - A 40-yard field goal in overtime by a little-known kicker could become as famous as jambalaya in these parts.

The New Orleans Saints, a team with no home and an uncertain future five years ago, are heading for their first Super Bowl. By battering Brett Favre and beating the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 Sunday, they set off celebrations on Bourbon Street that locals never could have imagined in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

"This is for everybody in th...

NEW ORLEANS - The signs hung in the locker stalls of several glassy-eyed Vikings players as they dressed quietly inside the visitor's locker room at the Louisiana Superdome and tried to come to grips with the fact their season had ended like this.

The message read: "There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come ... Our time is now." Only hours before, these words had served as a source of motivation for players. Now, they were a cruel reminder for a fr...