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The Saints are going to the Super Bowl

Photo Highlights of the NFC Championship Game

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New Orleans and Minnesota were evenly matched going into the NFC Championship game, but 23-year-old Saints kicker Garrett Hartley sealed a victory over the Vikings with a field goal in overtime that secured a berth in the Super Bowl. Here are some highlights of the game by photographers Derick E. Hingle, Cheryl Gerber and A.J. Sisco.

Retired running back Deuce McAllister hefts the NFC trophy in the air. The Saints brought back the fan favorite to finish the season with his team. - SPECIAL TO GAMBIT/ DERICK E. HINGLE
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  • Retired running back Deuce McAllister hefts the NFC trophy in the air. The Saints brought back the fan favorite to finish the season with his team.

Running back Reggie Bush dives past Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin and into the end zone for a touchdown. - SPECIAL TO GAMBIT/ DERICK E. HINGLE

Defensive tackle Remi Ayodele (92) and defensive end Bobby McCray (93) take down Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. - SPECIAL TO GAMBIT/ DERICK E. HINGLE

Who Dat? Spirit. - PHOTO BY A.J. SISCO

Running back Pierre Thomas leaps over Vikings defenders for a first down that allows the Saints to continue a drive against Minnesota in overtime. - SPECIAL TO GAMBIT/ DERICK E. HINGLE
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  • Running back Pierre Thomas leaps over Vikings defenders for a first down that allows the Saints to continue a drive against Minnesota in overtime.

Safetys Darren Sharper (42) and Roman Harper (41) celebrate the Saints forcing the Vikings to punt in the second quarter. - SPECIAL TO GAMBIT/ DERICK E. HINGLE

Saints fans throng Bourbon Street after the team sealed the NFC Championship in a thrilling overtime game. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Saints fans throng Bourbon Street after the team sealed the NFC Championship in a thrilling overtime game.

Drew Brees throws a kiss to fans after the Saints defeat the Vikings. - SPECIAL TO GAMBIT/ DERICK E. HINGLE

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