They booed him, they yelled at him, they treated him like an evil villain from a bad Halloween slasher flick. He was Brett Favre, and once again, he got one over on his old team. Favre entered Lambeau Field on Sunday as the visitor, and walked out a hero to those that love purple, all at the expense of the team that he wore the jersey for for 16 seasons.
It was tough to watch, but in the end, Favre did what he does best, gunling his way to a win. He outplayed Aaron Rodgers, and beat the Pack just when it looked like Green Bay was ready to rally and put together a win that would have made the NFC North race a lot more interesting, Favre put a dagger into the Pack and their fans. Like stated above, it was tough to watch.
“Packer fans cheer for the Packers first,” Favre said. “I know that. But I hope that everyone in the stadium watching tonight said, ‘I sure hate those jokers on the other side, but he does play the way he’s always played.'”
And Favre played well. He completed 17 of 28 passes for 244 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. He led the team to a 38-26 win, a win that puts Minnesota at 7-1 and the Packers at 4-3, and pretty much means that the Pack are going to need to win just about every game and need a Vikings collapse to overtake them in the North.
This is not to say the Pack didn’t do their best to try and stop their old leader. They played hard, and when the team closed to within 24-20 with 1:57 left in the third quarter, and then 31-26 with 10:26 remaining, it looked like they might just pull it off. But then Favre worked his magic. “I think it was disappointing for a lot of people,” Charles Woodson said. “It’s just a loss, but I think a lot of people really wanted this one bad. We let a lot of people down today.”
At this point it might be time for the Pack just to face the facts. Favre’s new team is better than his old one. While at some point Favre will be gone and Rodgers, who went 26-for-41 for 287 yards with three TD’s, will be the king of NFC North throwers, right now it’s just not to be. Like it or not.
“Hopefully, we’ll have another crack at these guys down the road,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. But based on what’s happening right now between these two teams, it’s probably not going to happen. At least not this season.