Saints edge Vikings to reach first Super Bowl

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By Simon Evans

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The New Orleans Saints reached their first Super Bowl after a thrilling 31-28 overtime victory over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday earned them a match-up against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Saints won the toss for overtime possession after regulation finished 28-28 and Garrett Hartley slotted home a 40-yard field goal to set off wild celebrations in a city that less than five years ago was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

In front of a raucous 71,000 crowd at the Louisiana Superdome, the Saints thwarted 40-year-old Vikings quarterback Brett Favre's dream of becoming the oldest quarterback to play in a Super Bowl.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw three touchdowns, while Vikings running back Adrian Peterson scored three times in the losing cause.

(Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami; Editing by Nick Mulvenney)