NEW ORLEANS ― Brett Favre, the old gun-slinging quarterback, threw only four passes in the first quarter during Thursday night’s 14-9 Saints win over Minnesota.
He had only 15 in the first half.
Adrian Peterson, meanwhile, had 13 carries in the opening 30 minutes and Minnesota ran 17 times.
And that’s exactly what the Saints were expecting.
“I think their intention was to come out and try to run the ball as much as possible and have success in the running game, especially with Brett Favre being in camp only two weeks,” New Orleans defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis said.
Yet, after halftime, the Vikings changed their game plan to the benefit of the Saints. Peterson got only six more runs and had only 30 more yards in the game.
He never broke the long run like he did in the NFC championship game when he finished with 122 yards and three touchdowns.
“Our front seven, we watched that tape together and we vowed to each other that we wouldn’t allow this guy to break tackles and do things he did last year to get extra yardage,” Ellis said.
The Vikings finished with 91 yards on 23 carries.