Saints knocking Favre around

NEW ORLEANS -- The Saints hit Brett Favre on five of his first 12 passes, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct on one and knocking around the Vikings’ 40-year-old quarterback pretty well in the first quarter of the NFC Championship Game.

Overall, however, the Vikings are relying on Favre’s arm for most of their offense. They have thrown on 14 of their first 20 plays. For his sake, however, Favre might want to find an ice bucket to sit in between series.