Say It Ain’t So, Brett 01/24/2010Posted by sportretort in NFL, Sports, Uncategorized.
Tags: brett favre, green bay packers, minnesota vikings, new orleans saints, new york giants, nfc, nfc championship game, nfl football, playoffs
While it was not all his fault, the ending was classic Favre. To be fair, Favre had his Vikings on the cusp of the Super Bowl with less than 30 seconds left. It was 3rd and 15
at the New Orleans 38 yard line. Ironically, the Vikings had been moved out of field goal range with a 12 man in the huddle penalty just seconds before. Those five yards probably made any field goal attempt difficult. Now, Favre had to make something happen. He took the snap, and Saints pressure forced him to roll to his right. He appeared to have running room. All he needed was 5 to 10 yards, call time out and put the game on the leg of Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell. Then it happened. Something came over Favre. Sure, he was hobbled with a bad ankle, but he could have run the ball, instead, he chose to throw the ball, across his body and across the field. Mortal sins for an NFL quarterback. The Saints intercepted the pass, killing any chance for the Vikings to win in regulation. It was the third Viking turnover in the 4th quarter.
New Orleans won the coin flip and took the ball to start overtime. Favre and the Vikings never got the ball back. The Saints drove down the field and converted a 40 yard field goal to win the game and advance to the Super Bowl for the first time in their history. They will take on the AFC champion Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl in Miami in two weeks. The Saints came into the game as the best offense in the league, but it was the Vikings who moved the ball up and down the field all night. The Vikes out gained New Orleans 475 yards to 257. But Minnesota turned the ball over 5 times. There is plenty of blame to go around, but it is the last pass by Favre that will stay with him.
Flash back 3 seasons ago. The Green Bay Packers were tied with the New York Giants in overtime of the NFC championship game. On the second play of OT, Favre threw
an interception. It was the last pass he threw as a Packer. The Giants kicked a 47 yard field goal and then went on to win the Super Bowl. Disheartened, Favre retired from the game, but the thought of that last pass haunted him. Two teams and another retirement later, here we are again. After all the drama, the two retirements, the trade to the Jets and signing with the Vikings, Favre faces another off-season retirement decision with that last, terrible interception on his mind. Perhaps it is karma. The demons are back. Probably worse than ever. Perhaps this is the way Favre was ment to go out. I don’t know. I do know that he deserved better in this game. After all the drama of the past 2 seasons. After tarnishing his reputation, morphing from The Gunslinger into The Diva, after all the crap in New York and the agonizing courtship with the Vikings, Favre and Minnesota should be in the Super Bowl. What was he thinking with that last pass? Surely a 19 year veteran knows not to throw that ball. So now, instead of going out in glory, Favre will have to live with that last pass gnawing away at him. Will he retire? Probably. Will he come back again? Well, we will not know that for months. Here comes another off-season Favre watch. Will he? Won’t he? How many twists and turns this time? No one knows yet.
Why didn’t he just run the damn ball!!!????!!!