Football season is finally here—with it comes a blockbuster match up that delighted fans for weeks on end earlier this season, when the Minnesota Vikings took on the New Orleans Saints, in the 2009 NFC Championship Game.
Those unlucky fans that weren't privileged enough to see this epic game missed quite a treat.
Not only did it come down to the wire, it also left just about every NFL fan chewing their nails and resting uncomfortably on the edge of their seat as the Vikings rallied in overtime, only to see their chances ruined by a Brett Favre interception.
Now normally, when a game ends in the playoffs, that's just about it. One group of fans go home upset, while the other revel in a victory that normally results in a Super Bowl spot; funnily enough though, when it comes to New Orleans vs Minnesota, last season's great encounter has managed to last the distance of the offseason and perhaps, it is fair to say, that a small rivalry has been brewed as time has passed.
But more important than the rivalry itself, is how smart the NFL's commissioner truly is; not only did Roger Goodell realize how explosive this game would be to see repeated, he saw the potential of scheduling it as the opening fixture, in a way to bait the fans into a great weekend ahead.
So what can we expect from tonight's action on the field?
It would be stupid to expect nothing less than the very best.
Both teams have talent dripping on either side of the ball and as we saw earlier this year, when the two meet the game brings out the best in the players.
But what about the questions heading into the game?
There are both positive and negative ones, but this game could be an indicator for things to come for either team this season.
Therefore with this in mind, here's a look at the top 10 questions to focus on tonight, and keep in mind when watching these two teams go at it.