Saints hosting Vikings in rare Christmas game

Weird things seem to happen when the New Orleans Saints play the Minnesota Vikings so it’s only fitting that the two teams would line up on one of the most rare days in the history of the NFL calendar.

From Minneapolis Miracle to Christmas miracle, the Saints will be playing on Christmas Day for the first time in franchise history.

In doing so, they’ll be playing in the NFL’s first Friday game since 2009 and just their second in franchise history, the other coming all the way back in 1999.

So as the Saints look to clinch the NFC South title for the fourth straight year with a week 16 win, they’ll be doing so on just the 11th Friday game all-time and just the 21st Christmas game all-time. Saints linebacker Demario Davis said, “You just have to enjoy it. You have to enjoy it. It’s tough being away from your family on the holidays, especially when you have little ones that don’t really understand why you’ve got to be away. But you just have to enjoy it, just to be able to be a part of this game is a blessing. And when you’re growing up, you’re looking at these games on holidays and just wanting to be there and when you have the opportunity to be here and playing in them, you definitely have to appreciate it and take it all in and just not take it for granted.”

Christmas football kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Friday from the Mercedes Benz Superdome on WXXV on Fox.

Saints sending five players to the Pro Bowl, a game that won’t be played due to COVID-19:

  • Alvin Kamara
  • Terron Armstead
  • Andrus Peat
  • Cam Jordan
  • Marshon Lattimore

Notable snubs being Demario Davis and Trey Hendrickson who’s tied for the NFL lead in sacks.

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