Much like Favre’s late interception for the Packers against the Giants in 2007 which cost the Packers a trip to the Superbowl, it was Favre who threw two picks yesterday, the second of which costing the Vikings a chance to play in their first Super Bowl in 33 years.
Favre was battered and beaten all day by the Saints defense. To avoid some of that pressure late in regulation, the Vikings decided to roll him out instead of taking another shot in the pocket. Favre’s best option was to run the ball, but he instead forced the ball down the middle, which resulted in the one that got away.
It wasn’t just Favre. The Vikings fumbled six times and lost three of them. Adrian Peterson scored three touchdowns, but he also had a hard time hanging on to the football.
But in the end, it boils down to Brett Favre. He’s the player paid to produce and he failed. Favre went to Minnesota to stick it to Packers GM Ted Thompson. Who has the last laugh now? Yes, Favre and the Vikings went further then the Packers did and won both regular season meetings in NFC North play. But the only way he was going to “stick it to Ted” was by getting to the Super Bowl and winning it. Favre failed on both accounts and it’s Ted Thompson sitting in his office chair today, smiling from ear to ear.
How are fans reacting in Minnesota today? Probably the same way Vikings play by play man Paul Allen reacted following Favre’s interception on KFAN Radio in the Twin Cities.
Now everyone waits to see what Favre will do next. Has he played his last NFL game? He’s retired and un-retired before. In my opinion, nothings changed in terms of how Favre’s future is viewed after football. Fans will soon forgive and forget his short stints with the Jets and Vikings and welcome him back into Packer nation with open arms. And with Favre’s accomplishments in his NFL career, that’s just the way it should be.