I like everyone else was left in disbelief Sunday night as the Minnesota Vikings were making one last drive down the field in the Superdome. With a little over two minutes to go Brett Favre was driving down the field setting the Minnesota Vikings up for there very first appearance in the Super Bowl. This is one of the reasons why Brett Favre went to Minnesota. To beat the Green Bay Packers and to win a Super Bowl in Minnesota, to prove everyone wrong that this 40 year old Quarterback that retired and unretired multiple times, could still do it.
For 99.9% of the season Brett Favre was right and proved everyone that thought he couldn’t do it anymore wrong. This was his chance to get one step closer to his goal of winning a super bowl and riding out in style. But then we saw the Brett Favre of old reemerge from the womb!
Nineteen seconds to go and thanks to a stupid penalty the Vikings were now out of range of putting Ryan Longwell in comfortable position to kick a game winning field goal. The Vikings drove down the field and were starting to silence the New Orleans Saints crowed. That is when I started to see the writing on the wall.
We had finished up doing The Wheelhouse and I was watching the NFC Championship game with Bower, host of The Wheelhouse when I turned to him following the stupid penalty of to many players on the field. This is when I said to him “the Vikings need to run the ball.” Bower at the time didn’t know why I would say such a thing, but any Green Bay Packers fan knows what I’m talking about.
But if you don’t remember what I’m talking about we will go back into time and look at the 2004 NFC Divisional Playoffs when Favre threw an interception in overtime directly to the hands of Brian Dawkins. The Eagles would go onto to drive down the field and win it thanks to a David Akers field goal. Then the one that stands out more then any other is the 2007 NFC Championship Game when Brett Favre in overtime through an interception yet again to Corey Webster. This led to Lawrence Tynes finally kicking a field goal and sending the New York Giants to the Super Bowl.
I’ve seen this script one too many times, game on the line and Favre forgets all of a sudden how to play Football when it counts. Favre gets under center with nineteen seconds to go; the Vikings need to get in field position for Ryan Longwell. No matter what they do from here you know they will take a shot for Longwell to win it.
Favre hikes the ball and the halfbacks run past him to set up a block. You have got to be kidding me he’s going to throw it! He rolls out of pocket and throws it down the field…DIRECTLY to a NEW ORLEANS SAINTS player! Corey Webster & Brian Dawkins start running through my mind at that particular moment and the first things that come out of my mouth were “holy crap he did it again.”
Everyone is left in disbelief of what just happened. Vikings fans, Favre fans, NFL fans and even the Saints fans are left in disbelief. Who isn’t? The Green Bay Packers fans!
Brett Favre was/is and will probably always be my favorite Football player. But this was a pure case of karma biting you in the ass. You messed with the Green Bay Packers organization, you messed with the New York Jets organization and this is what you & the Minnesota Vikings get. You outplay the New Orleans Saints and you will be sitting home on Super Bowl Sunday watching the Saints play for the Vince Lombardi trophy.
I will always have a special place in my heart for ol’ #4 but damn it felt good to watch him throw an interception and lose a game for another team not called the Green Bay Packers.
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