Another chapter in the BrettFavre legacy
Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jan 23, 2010
Add another chapter to the BrettFavre legend – the legend of colossal mistakes in critical moments of huge games.
We'll be back first thing Monday morning with our stat-packed recap of the 31-28 New Orleans victory over the Favrkings in the NFC title game.
In the meantime, here's a quick recap of BrettFavre's not-so-finest hours in big games ... lowlighted by his huge pick in the final seconds of regulation against the Saints Sunday night.
Jan. 20, 2002
The storyline: The 12-4 Packers have a shot to reach the conference championship game for first time since the 1997 season if they beat 14-2 Rams in the divisional round.
The result: BrettFavre throws 6 picks – tying the single-game NFL record for postseason picks last matched by Norm Van Brocklin ... back in 1955.
Jan. 4, 2003
The storyline: The 12-4 Packers were one of the best teams in football, playing at home against the tepid 9-6-1 Falcons in the wildcard round.
The result: BrettFavre sinks like a lead weight, reserving one of his worst performances of the year for when it matters most in a 27-7 loss (20 of 42, 47.6%, 247 yards, 5.9 YPA, 1 TD, 2 INT, 54.4 rating). It was Green Bay's lowest offensive output of the season. The Packers suffered their first-ever home playoff loss in franchise history.
BrettFavre not only threw two picks, he committed turnovers on three straight drives in the fourth quarter (one INT, two fumbles). Another fourth-quarter INT was overturned by a defensive penalty.
Jan. 11, 2004
The storyline: The Packers need to produce just one drive in overtime to beat the Eagles and then battle the Panthers for a chance to go to Super Bowl XXXVIII.
The result: On Green Bay's first play of overtime, BrettFavre tossed a bad pass into the hands of Eagles defender Brian Dawkins. Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb quickly drove his offense into easy field goal range for the victory. BrettFavre passed for 180 yards, one of his lowest outputs of the year.
Jan. 9, 2005
The storyline: The 10-6 Packers draw a gimme, landing the 8-8 Vikings at home in the wildcard round of the NFC playoffs.
The result: Favre turns out a gruesomely disfiguring playoff performance (22 of 33, 66.7%, 216 yards, 6.5 YPA, 1 TD, 4 INT, 55.4 rating), as Packers suffer a humiliating 31-17 loss to one of the worst teams ever to reach the playoffs. Had the Seahawks not lost to the Rams just one day earlier, Favre would have been the first quarterback in history to lose a playoff game to a .500 team.
It was BrettFavre's first four-pick game in two years.
Jan. 20, 2008
The storyline: BrettFavre's 13-3 Packers were favored at home against the 10-6 Giants on one of the coldest nights in Lambeau Field history.
The result: BrettFavre, and the Packers offense, suffered one of the most colossal collapses in history. In the fourth quarter and overtime, Favre completed 4 of 10 passes for 32 yards with 2 INTs. Green Bay's final four drives, with a Super Bowl appearance easily within their grasp, went for 0, 7, 0 and 2 yards.
Favre's final pick, on the second play of overtime, led directly to the Giants' game-winning field goal.
The 2008 season
The storyline: BrettFavre moves to a new team and leads the Jets to an AFC East-best 8-3 record through 11 games.
The result: BrettFavre was dreadful during the team's stretch-run collapse, throwing 2 TDs against 9 picks. INTs lead directly to losses, and the Jets went 1-4 over the final five games, and missed the playoffs with a 9-7 record despite their hot 8-3 start.
Jan. 24, 2010
The storyline: BrettFavre's Vikings totally outplay the favored Saints in New Orleans for four quarters in the NFC title game.
The result: BrettFavre's Vikings are tied 28-28 with 19 seconds to play and face a 3rd and 15 at the Saints 38. They need a mere five yards to get a shot at a game-winning field goal to send Minnesota to the Super Bowl for the first time in 33 years and fulfill all the hopes and dreams that the organization put in the quarterback when they hastily signed BrettFavre during training camp.
The only thing BrettFavre can't do is throw an interception.
Of course ... BrettFavre throws an interception right into the hands of Tracy Porter. The Saints get the ball in overtime and proceed to go down the field and kick the game-winning field goal.
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