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If the Saints were out to hurt Brett Favre in the 2009 NFC Championship Game, they did it in the best way possible.

They defeated him.

During the NFL's investigation into the Saints bounty program, the league said New Orleans targeted Favre, with money being offered for any player taking the quarterback out of the game.

They didn't get that done, but the Saints beat Favre's Vikings 31-28 on the way to winning Super Bowl XLIV.

"My feeling, and I mean this wholeheartedly, is I really don't care," Favre told the NFL Network. "What bothers me is we didn't win the game."

Besides, as he says, "They didn't take me out of the game."

SAPP SAYS HE'S SORRY: NFL Network analyst and former Bucs defensive tackle Warren Sapp said he has apologized to Panthers tight end Jeremy Shockey for publicly accusing him of being the whistle-blower to the league about the Saints bounty program.

Shockey denied the accusation and reportedly considered taking legal action. Commissioner Roger Goodell also said Sapp was incorrect.

"I saw Jeremy about a week after it all went down (last month) at a Heat game. ... I said, 'I apologize for putting it on the street level and making it derogatory toward you,'" Sapp, 39, told 98.5-FM in Boston on Friday. "I stand by my source, but I hate that I put it on a level, that wasn't the way it should be."

MARSHALL SUIT DISMISSED: A lawsuit against Bears receiver Brandon Marshall, filed by an ex-girlfriend who accused him of abusing her, was dismissed. Rasheedah Watley, who filed the suit in 2009, had her case dismissed in Georgia State Court, the Chicago Tribune reported. The former UCF star joined Chicago in the offseason after two years with the Dolphins.

BRADFORD GIFT: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, a former Heisman Trophy winner at Oklahoma, donated $500,000 to the school to help fund a student housing facility.