Super Bowl XLIV: The Matchup That Shouldn't Be

Dylan MartinContributor IIIJanuary 27, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 31-28 in overtime. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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You may ask why this is the matchup that shouldn't be. It's because the New Orleans Saints are undeserving of their first ever NFC Title because of what happened in their game against the Minnesota Vikings. Don't get me wrong, the Saints are very good, but they shouldn't be in the Super Bowl. The Indianapolis Colts are a far better team and play in a tougher conference.

While the Saints did blast the Arizona Cardinals, they needed more than luck to get past the struggling Vikings. Today I will look at this matchup and how bad it might be. Saints fans will probably hate me after this and call me biased, even though I'm not a Vikings or Colts fan.

After the Vikings thumped the Dallas Cowboys and the Saints hung 45 on the Cardinals, this would be the matchup of the title games. I expected a 33-24 Vikings win the day before the title games. However, what we got was a nail-biting overtime win for the Saints. This Vikings team was not the same I saw destroy the Cowboys a week before.

The offensive line was non-existent and Adrian Peterson had butterfingers the entire game. Minnesota had a total of six turnovers, including a heartbreaking fumble before halftime. Had Minnesota scored on that drive, the Vikings would have won that game.

It seemed Minnesota did not want to win, which is a main reason for their loss. The thing that surprised me was not the number of Vikings turnovers, but that the Saints needed overtime to win the game.

If the Saints are a monster of a team they would have blown Minnesota out early in the game. However, the Saints are not the team you may think they actually are; they are overrated and stand only a small chance at winning it all.

New Orleans not only nearly lost to the turnover-happy Vikings in overtime, but bad calls kept them in the game. I'm not a guy who calls "BS" on every call I don't agree with, but the pass interference call in overtime was truly a bad call and makes me wonder if the refs had money on the game.

The Saints could still win this game, even with all this negative talk. The offense is strong and deadly and Drew Brees is as good as anyone in the NFL and will give the Colts trouble. I do not expect a blowout in this game. The Saints will find a way to keep this close, but they probably won't win it.

Later tonight I will do a recap of the Georgia-Florida basketball game for those college basketball fans. My real Super Bowl preview will come out next week and will not make as many fans angry as this article will.