Saints advance with overtime win

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NEW ORLEANS -- Sean Payton's patience with second-year kicker Garrett Hartley was rewarded with the New Orleans Saints' first Super Bowl berth.

Suspended for the first four games of the season for using a banned stimulant, Hartley won back his job, then wound up staring down the biggest 40-yard field goal try in Saints history Sunday night.

Hartley overcame his nerves -- not to mention bad memories of a missed 37-yarder that could have spared the Saints an embarrassing loss to Tampa Bay -- and split the uprights, lifting the Saints to a 31-28 win over Minnesota in the NFC championship game.

While he was mobbed by teammates, the Louisiana Superdome erupted in earsplitting cheers, then watery-eyed fans hugged one another.


You must be logged in to post comments.

Username:
Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:
KKCO NBC 11 News
2531 Blichmann Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81505

Station Phone: 970.243.1111
Business Fax: 970.243.1770
Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793
News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 82568092 - nbc11news.com/a?a=82568092
Gray Television, Inc.