Some Images from the New Orleans Saints win over Minnesota in 1968
The above images were shared with me on the New Orleans Saints History Facebook page. They appeared to have been colorized but both have Vikings quarterback Joe Kapp as the subject. The New Orleans Saints actually won this 1968 game with two 4th quarter Charlie Durkee fieldgoals to out do the Minnesota Vikings 20-17.
The Vikings quarterback here, as already stated is Joe Kapp. Kapp had joined Minnesota in 1967 after a successful run in the CFL and was their starter in 1967. He would be the Vikings signal caller in 1969 when they would advance all the way to the showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl IV.
The first picture shows veteran Saints linebacker Ted Davis (#35) breaking through to wrap up Kapp. Davis, a former linebacker for the Colts, joined the Saints in 1967 and remained in New Orleans through 1969. The second has Kapp under duress from Hall of Famer Doug Atkins. Atkins ended his 18-year NFF career with his final 3 seasons in New Orleans. He was unofficially credited with 30 sacks those 3 seasons.
Kapp did not have a good game. The New Orleans Saints defense held him to 78 passing yards on 9 completions out of 28 attempts – that’s a 32.1% completion ratio. He was sacked 3 times and picked off twice.
The victory was the Saints second of 4 they managed for the season. The 4-9-1 finish was good enough for 3rd place in the NFL Century Division a full 2 games ahead of the Steelers.