[Updated, 11:39 p.m.] Revenge will have to wait for another time.
The New Orleans Saints beat the Minnesota Vikings 14-9 Thursday night in the NFL season's opening game, which also was a rematch of last season's NFC championship game, also won by the Saints.
The defending Super Bowl champion Saints took the lead quickly with a 29-yard pass from Drew Brees to Devery Henderson in the game's first few minutes. The Vikings struck back in the second quarter with a field goal and a 20-yard Brett Favre touchdown pass to Visanthe Shiancoe (the extra point was blocked), giving Minnesota a 9-7 halftime lead.
Saints running back Pierre Thomas finished the scoring with a third-quarter touchdown run. Brees (26 for 36) threw for 236 yards, and Favre, who was intercepted once, threw for 171 yards (15 for 27).
Check out more on the game at SI.com.
[Updated, 8:58 p.m.] So, that's how the 2010 season got under way. Most of the rest of the NFL's teams will kick off their seasons Sunday. It's a new year, hope is renewed, and every team has a 0-0 record. For the next three hours, anyway.
Check back later for the final score.
[Updated, 8:51 p.m.] Speaking of the Vikings' 40-year-old signal-caller - who started his 286th consecutive regular-season game tonight - his offense has taken the field ... and they're already off. They've punted to the Saints, who have the ball back with more than 10 minutes left in the first.
[Updated, 8:50 p.m.] A nearly perfect start for the Saints in this season kickoff game, which features two teams that will offer some of the league's intriguing storylines this season. Can the Saints repeat? Will the Vikings' Adrian Peterson, one of the NFL's premier running backs, bounce back after ending last season with a nightmarish, multi-fumble game? How will the surgically repaired ankle of the Vikings' quarterback Brett Favre hold up?
[Updated, 8:46 p.m.] That didn't take long. The first touchdown of the season is in the books - Brees' 29-yard strike to Devery Henderson has the champs up 7-0 over the Vikings.
[Updated, 8:44 p.m.] The game, and the NFL season, is under way. The Vikings' Ryan Longwell kicked off, the Saints' Courtney Roby returned the ball just past the 20, and Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees has started off his season with two straight complete passes. Great start for the defending Super Bowl champs, already in Vikings territory.
[Updated, 8:39 p.m.] Only minutes away now. Colbie Caillat is singing the national anthem.
[Original post, 8:28 p.m.] Awfully nice of the New Orleans Saints to host the Minnesota Vikings on the night the Saints raise their Super Bowl banner, isn't it?
The NFL's regular season is about to kick off in New Orleans' Superdome, where the Saints are taking on the Vikings in a rematch of last season's NFC title game.
New Orleans beat Minnesota 31-28 in overtime in that January contest, allowing the Saints to advance to the Super Bowl, where they beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17.
Though the Vikings can't get that opportunity back, they will be motivated to redeem themselves after January's NFC title performance, during which they committed five turnovers but still had opportunities to win the game.