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There's a lot of emotions, like I've said.

Four months later, the Vikings and Keenum are still playing. The victor of Sunday's game will play either the Falcons or Eagles for a trip to Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis.

"It's been a blast, man", he said. You know the list gets even fewer of the guys that are still on this team that played with that group.

Can there be too much time to think about things?

"I'm keeping my blinders on and thinking about what's going on right now". Yes, he was the league's seventh-highest-rated passer while leading a 13-3 team, but he failed to pass for 300 yards in each of his last seven starts and his sack rate exploded down the stretch. However, as we learned last week, Brees will still make you pay big time if you decide to sell out to stop the run.

There seemed to have been a true mental advantage for Keenum, who in addition to practice and game experience, got used to seeing the same plays over and over, knowing what to expect.

Indeed, Jordan was named first-team Associated Press All-Pro for the first time in his career this season - his seventh since being New Orleans' first of two first-round draft choices in 2011 out of California. The Vikings had the best pass defense in the NFC this season, while the Saints were good but less stout and far less consistent. "In my mind", Keenum said, "it's my team". "He's got to have the knack". He has worked hard enough just to get here.

It is because the Vikings have all three of their quarterbacks set to be free agents. It could be playing cards. The QB who has broken records this season knows the difficulties he'll face in Minnesota and he says he's preparing for it.

Good coaching, starting with dad's tips in the family backyards, was another success factor. Dana Holgorsen, now the head coach at West Virginia, was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. "Obviously (him) being from Texas, another Texas quarterback that's done really well".

"I finally get a chance to go back out there, and it doesn't feel as personal", Hodges said. You talk about (defensive end) Chris Doleman, you talk about (safety) Joey Browner, (running back) Darrin Nelsons of the game. The Detroit Lions, who interviewed Shurmur, and Indianapolis Colts also have coaching openings. "He has it, and I think that's what makes him special".

Despite having the NFL's second-ranked offense, the Saints were surprisingly pedestrian on third down - converting just 38 per cent of the time to sit 19th in the league.

"I'm sure there's going to be a lot of emotions going through my mind on Sunday", Keenum told the media crowded around him at the Vikings training facility after Thursday's practice.

Over the last four months, though, they've been cashing in on Keenum, a dividend that has paid out handsomely for both parties. "Like I said, we just have to stay locked in to our guy". They've been beaten at home twice this season by good teams with solid rushing offenses, the Panthers and the Steelers.