Saints soaking in landmark victory

By: AP
By: AP
Sean Payton still hadn

The Associated Press
New Orleans Saints' Mark Brunell holds as kicker Garrett Hartley (5) kicks the winning field goal during overtime in the NFC championship game in New Orleans on Sunday. The Saints defeated the Vikings 31-28 to advance to the Super Bowl against the Indianapolis Colts.

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Sean Payton still hadn't gone home yet when
the New Orleans Saints returned to work on the morning after the
biggest win in franchise history.

Payton says he and his family decided to stay in a downtown
hotel on Sunday night while the Saints celebrated a Super Bowl
berth with a 31-28 overtime win over Minnesota in the NFC
championship game. The coach says he wanted to relax and enjoy the
emotional victory with friends and family instead of driving home
across Lake Pontchartrain.

Players worked out and attended meetings on Monday. Payton is
giving them the next couple days off before they return to practice
on Thursday to prepare for the club's first Super Bowl in its
43-year history against native son Peyton Manning and the
Indianapolis Colts.


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