New Orleans The New Orleans Saints took a page from the Minnesota Vikings’ playbook and used it to outslug the Vikings on the NFL’s opening night Thursday at the Louisiana Superdome.
The Saints, who had just three running plays in the first half, turned to the ground game over the final 30 minutes and turned back the Vikings 14-9 in a rematch of last year’s NFC championship game.
This one didn’t have the offensive highlights of the Saints’ 31-28 overtime victory, which sent Sean Payton’s team to the first Super Bowl in franchise history. Gregg Williams’ Saints defense took the initiative in this one, holding the Vikings to 72 yards total offense in the second half.
“We did a good job of keeping the ball in front of us,” Payton said.