January 24, 2010

Game Day

The biggest game in franchise history is today.

The second NFC championship game in the team's 43 year history, the second in the past four seasons, is the first the team has ever hosted.

The opponent is the Vikings, the first team the Saints franchise ever faced in postseason action in 1987. The Saints were embarrassed in that game, 44-10.

Both teams have good injury news, with the Saints reporting that TE Jeremy Shockey will play and the Vikings reporting that rookie WR Percy Harvin will play as well.

Personal guests of the Saints' owner Tom Benson for the game include former owner John Mecom, former US President George HW Bush, a number of religious clergy, and four of the six Joint Chiefs of Staff.

UPDATED: RB Deuce McAllister will serve as honorary captain. Also joining the Saints on the sideline is another great of the Haslett and Payton eras, special teams dynamo Steve Gleason.

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