The Vikings might be 1-3 this season but history appears to be on their side entering Monday night’s game at New Orleans. The Vikings are 19-7 all-time against the Saints — yes, several of those Saints teams were awful — and are 7-5 in New Orleans. The Vikings have outscored the Saints 713-435 in the 26-game series and have averaged 27.4 points per game. Minnesota has won 11 of the past 14 games between these two teams.
One of the most memorable meetings came in December 2002 at the Superdome. That is the game in which the Vikings rallied to pull within one point of the Saints with 5 seconds left when quarterback Daunte Culpepper connected with Randy Moss for a touchdown. The Vikings were looking to break a 17-game road losing streak and coach Mike Tice had the opportunity to tie the score and send it into overtime. But Tice, in his first full season as the Vikings coach, had other ideas. He called for a 2-point conversion attempt.
Culpepper made his coach look very smart when he dived into the end zone to give the Vikings a 32-31 victory.
“Honestly,” Tice said afterwards, “we were a 3-10 team. What did you have to lose? Let’s go for the win. Why not?” The Vikings beat Miami and Detroit in their final two games that season and finished with a 6-10 record.