Football Night in America

Season 5 Episode 1

Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints

Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Sep 09, 2010 on NBC
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Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
The team looks ahead to the debut of the 2010 NFL regular season with a rematch of last year's NFC Championship game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints from the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Tonight's segments:
        Al Michaels talks to Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre about the last time he was in New Orleans, walking off the field after losing the NFC Championship Game.
        Tony Dungy interviews New Orleans quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees.
        NBC Nightly News' anchor Brian Williams presents a story on the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • (on Brett Favre)
        Al Michaels: One of the things he said that struck me was the fact that he's given people a lot of ammunition to shoot arrows at him, because of all the procrastination. I think he's concerned about some things, but, to me, if he felt the ankle was going to be such an issue that he couldn't do or didn't have the potential to do what he's capable of, I think he would have walked away. I got the feeling that the ankle is good enough. It's not great. He's 40-years-old, he'll be 41 in October, but again that's one of the key questions this year. What happens when he does take a hit? What happens if he twists the ankle? Brett Favre, here we go again, is going to be at least as compelling a story as any in the NFL this season.

        Cris Collinsworth: What surprised me most watching him on tape getting ready for this game and watching all of the playoff stuff from last year, is that I was just amazed at age 40 how quick his feet were…he looked like he was 25 years old. That was my concern (with the ankle injury). When I was watching the (preseason) game, and, of course, he only played four plays in the game that we saw, so we didn't get to see a lot of it, but will his feet be what they were a season ago which were pretty impressive?"

        Rodney Harrison: The one thing that impressed me was not only his feet, but his ability to keep his eyes down the field and keep plays alive. I looked at film on the guy and he looked like he was a 26-27-28-year-old quarterback and it was amazing to me, because I know towards the end of my career how sore it would feel to get out of bed and to recover from games. That's the thing that really concerns me with Brett Favre because before it could be the ribs, it could be the shoulder, the neck, the lower back, now all of a sudden he has something wrong with his ankle which really causes a whole host of other problems and concerns."

        Tony Dungy: I think Brett is going to be fine physically, but 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions, he probably hasn't had a year like that since '96 or '97. To think that he's going to duplicate that, I just don't think that is going to happen. I think he'll come out and play well for them, but I would not expect to see that type of year. Last year was just a magical year.
        Cris Collinsworth: Tony, I thought that was almost the reason that he didn't come back this year, more so than the ankle or the age or anything else, it was his own expectations and his own sort of fear. This guy has paranoia almost of letting somebody down and having a down year after his best year, as he called it. It was almost enough to make him stay home. It was a pretty remarkable conversation, almost like listening to Jerry Rice at the Hall of Fame Game talking about what a motivator fear was in his career and fear of failure and fear of letting somebody down. Brett was almost regurgitating the same kind of speech.

      • Rodney Harrison: There has been a lot of speculation, a lot of trash talking this off-season. I'm tired of the talking; it's time to hit. I can't wait for somebody to get smacked in the mouth.

      • Cris Collinsworth: If I could hand pick one game to start the season this would be mine. In many ways this was probably the most memorable and most emotional of all the playoff games last year including the Super Bowl. You had Brett Favre and the New Orleans Saints, with their fans who have endured so much, getting the opportunity to go to the Super Bowl.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Alex Flanagan, who works as a sideline reporter on NBC's Notre Dame Football telecasts, joins the show as a roving reporter. She replaces Tiki Barber.

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