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Vikings-Packers one-liners

Packers LB A.J. Hawk explains what he was thinking as Green Bay stopped Vikings quarterback Brett Favre to preserve a 28-24 win: “I’m thinking we’ve got to find a way to stop one of the greatest ever. That’s what he does. He comes back on a big stage like that. He throws touchdowns.”

Said Favre of the loss, “For me, it’s devastating. I don’t know how else to put it. I take a lot of pride in ownership in all phases of the game. When you have the ball in your hands . . . you just feel like you let everybody down.”

Packers WR Donald Driver went without a catch, ending a streak of 139 consecutive games with at least one reception.

Said Packers coach Mike McCarthy, “It was an excellent team win and an excellent character win. Something this team needed.”

Favre has now thrown for more yards against the Packers than any other former Packers quarterback, breaking a record previously owned by Mark Brunell.

Vikings WR Percy Harvin had a big game that could have been a lot bigger if he had managed to stay in bounds.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers targeted Vikings rookie CB Chris Cook.

Asked why he was on the sideline with rookie Toby Gerhart on the field late in the game, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said, “I don’t have an idea. I don’t call the plays. Just when they call my number I go out there and do my job.”

Said Vikings DE Jared Allen, “Coulda, shoulda, woulda. We’re a team of almosts. The offense almost scores. We almost get touchdowns. We’ve got to find a way to get something positive going right now. We’ve got to start taking care of the ball and getting more turnovers.”

Vikings DT Pat Williams played well on his 38th birthday.

No two ways about it: Favre is hurting the Vikings.

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22 Responses to “Vikings-Packers one-liners”
  1. JimmySmith says: Oct 25, 2010 9:16 AM

    Karma is a bitch; the Vikings should have just accepted the 4 game suspensions of the William’s sisters two years ago. It seems ever since, the Ref’s are exacting a level of revenge for not playing by the rules as evidenced by the calls in last night’s game and the NFC championship game.
    Getting to the Superbowl is never easy, getting there after you try to cheat the system is nearly impossible.

  2. Hauschild says: Oct 25, 2010 9:19 AM

    It was a great game to watch, no doubt. The Vikings, as usual, spotted their opponent the early lead. I’m not exactly sure why this seems to happen every game.
    The Packers played exactly as I thought they would, although I didn’t expect Rodgers to throw two picks in the red zone.
    I think the biggest non-play of the game was the non-challenge by Chilly and also his decision to not try to put up more points before half. Did he think a 3 point lead was enough to finish Green Bay off? What was he thinking? How many years has he been coaching football? I expect a more rational approach to the game from a guy in that position.
    All things being considered, Minny needed that win, but it was at Lambeau, where Green Bay usually wins.
    I tell ya, I had figured 4-4 going into the back nine, and finishing 11-5. Favre historically plays New England well, so it’s still possible. Since the NFC is still a shambles, 9-7 should secure a wild card, so even 3-5 going into the back nine and Minny is still in in OK shape. No doubt, they are improving on offense, so the coaching staff needs to wake up a bit down the line.

  3. somesome says: Oct 25, 2010 9:27 AM

    “No two ways about it: Favre is hurting the Vikings.”
    … can only come from somebody who does not watch the game. It takes two to make a passing play. Moss has to catch the ball, Harvin has come to down in the field.
    The coach has to challenge a TD that wasn’t and he has to go for it if he has two time outs and 30 seconds left before the half and the Packers will start with the ball in the second half.
    Farve had the ball and had the chance to win the game at the end, did he not? How is he hurting the team?
    the Vikes, as they currently play are total crap without him. Whithout Farve holding the ball in his hand you will see 10 guys in the box and end of story. With Farve you have a chance at the end of the game.
    Drew Brees had a 3 and 4 INT game, Ben turned the ball over twice and fumbled on the goal line, are they hurting their team?
    Stupid headline journalism of somebody who obviously does not understand football. What if Farve completed and won the game would he still hurt the Vikes game? What game? Where are the sacks? there is a lot missing in the Vikes game.

  4. SJ Apollo says: Oct 25, 2010 10:00 AM

    So apparently this is the same crew of referees that missed two offensive pass interference calls on Larry Fitzgerald, that missed a shot to Aaron Rodgers helmet, and that missed a facemask penalty on the final play of the Packers-Cardinals playoff game. The same crew. I remember Viking fans taunting that Packer fans weren’t allowed to complain about the officiating.
    @somesome and others like him: How long will you defend Favre? He has a rating of 68. Sixty freakin’ eight. This isn’t just a matter of guys dropping a ball or two. The guy is done. Was it Moss’ fault that Favre threw it between the 5 and 5 on Bishop’s jersey on the pick-6? Was it Harvin’s fault that Favre threw it straight to AJ Hawk. If you want to blame anyone for dropped balls, why not blame Tramon Williams and Nick Collins for each dropping sure interceptions which could have brought Favre’s total up to 5? He’s a distraction off the field with his retirement drama, the Sterger situation, and his open fly jeans. He’s causing a schism between the coaching staff and the players. Viking fans, this is what happens when you sell your soul.
    10-6 wins the NFC North and a wild card is unlikely from this division. The Vikings need to go 8-2 to get there. Based on how they’ve played this year, you’re not being honest with yourself if you think that’s a legitimate possibility.

  5. simple_simon1 says: Oct 25, 2010 10:13 AM

    somesome:
    Sorry man. I perfectly agree with Florio, if that’s who wrote the headline, that Favre is definitely hurting his team right now.
    People jump up and down and say it’s almost sacrilig to say Favre should be benched. Well, he’s had a HOF career, no doubt about it. He definitely plays his heart out all the time as well. But there’s no way to deny he’s throwing the ball up for grabs this year. He’s making terrible decisions that, if Tavaris Jackson did the exact same thing, would run most QB’s out of town.
    Nobody denies he’s an “iron man” in football and plays through all injuries. But there’s nothing left to prove. He acts like there is. The INT’s in the second half lost the game for the Vikings. He had 2 called back against the Lions or he might have cost them that game too. He cost them against the Jets with his pick-six late.
    If he’s hurt, then stay out and get better. He’s doing no favors to the Vikings playing hurt, commendable as you may deem it to be.

  6. Strick says: Oct 25, 2010 10:38 AM

    —————
    Said Vikings DE Jared Allen, “Coulda, shoulda, woulda. We’re a team of almosts. The offense almost scores. We almost get touchdowns.”
    —————
    Hey Jared, you forgot “Almost got to the quarterback”. How many sacks do you have this year?

  7. OttoVon says: Oct 25, 2010 10:39 AM

    It is preposterous to say that officiating doesn’t play a huge role in any game. There are several key plays in every game… the officials gave 2 key plays to Green Bay in the Quarless TD and a BS P.I. call on which was an uncatchable ball. Plus, the officials took 2 big plays away from MN in Shancoe TD and Moss P.I. call at the end of the first half.
    Regardless of whether Chilly should have challenged the TD is moot… it was a bad call by the referee. And Green Bay did a good job by hurrying the XP and not showing the replay on the in-stadium board.
    Past that, there are zero similarities between the officiating in this game and Green Bay’s playoff game. The hit to Rogers facemask happened on the last play of the game after he threw the ball and had no impact on the actual play. Where the calls in this game effected the actual play and the competetive balance and tipped the scales in Green Bay’s favor.

  8. lars thorwald says: Oct 25, 2010 10:45 AM

    If Harvin gets two feet down, everyone today is talking about how magical Brett Favre is. Instead, he looks old and past his prime……

  9. Jeremy says: Oct 25, 2010 10:49 AM

    Favre has better weapons at his disposal than pretty much any other team. Peterson, Harvin (this guy is REALLY good), Moss, Shianco. No reason Favre can’t succeed with those weapons. He can’t even blame his offensive line. He was fairly well protected last night.

  10. SJ Apollo says: Oct 25, 2010 11:02 AM

    “Past that, there are zero similarities between the officiating in this game and Green Bay’s playoff game. The hit to Rogers facemask happened on the last play of the game after he threw the ball and had no impact on the actual play. Where the calls in this game effected the actual play and the competetive balance and tipped the scales in Green Bay’s favor.”
    It doesn’t matter. GB lost to Chicago because an INT was overturned because of a shot to Cutler’s helmet. The facemask of Rodgers would have been a 15 yard penalty and a first down because the facemask penalty happened before the change of possession. It doesn’t matter. If we weren’t allowed to complain, then Viking fans can’t complain.
    Plus, what is there to complain about? Even Chilly admitted Moss pushed off with both hands. On the Shiancoe catch, you cannot use the ground as a part of the catch process. If his hands hit the ground and then the ball rolled and touched the ground, it’s a catch. The point of the ball hit first. It passed the Supreme Court pornography defintion test of a catch (I know it when I see it), but by the way the rule is written, it wasn’t a catch. If Calvin Johnson’s TD was overturned, there’s no way that was a TD last night. All off-season, all we had to hear from Viking fans was how this was their year. They were going to kill the Saints and sweep the Packers on their way to their first Super Bowl which would create an atmosphere of unconditional love where taxpayers would vote for a new stadium. Now none of that is going to happen. Not only did the Packers win the game, they might have permanently won the series if the Vikings move out west and the Rams get moved to the North.

  11. MuskyHunter2542 says: Oct 25, 2010 11:11 AM

    It was a good, game to watch as a football fan. both teams played good at times.
    Part of me thinks that the Vikings should have one that game because the Packer D could not stop them, the Vikings really beat themselvs last night.
    Then on the Packer side. The Viking D couldnt stop the Packers. They could slign it around at will.

  12. Richm2257 says: Oct 25, 2010 11:13 AM

    Totally loving the Vikings season this year! Sick and tired of Brett “I’m done/no, come talk me out of it, that may be my voice, but it sure ain’t my junk, drama queen ” Favre. I am positively thrilled with each and every stupid “gunslinging”, bad-decision interception that this moron has made, and I am positively thrilled that this team, filled with “we’re superstars that are gonna win the Super Bowl” douchebag players and their in-bred sister loving fans, are having to choke on such a horrible season.
    And I hope that Randy Moss is looking at New England’s record today and thinking “I left THAT, for THIS????” Smart move, huh Randy? Gonna get your fat contract next year with THESE stats?
    Hate the Vikings, who act as if they don’t have a thing to prove on the field, and their moronic fans who think that their team is STILL the “elite” team in the NFL that is predestined to win the Super Bowl (and don’t they all have something in common with the Cowboys and their fans?!!!).
    Lastly, Brad Childress is being exposed for the hack Head Coach that he is, without an “on the money” Brett Favre and a free running Adrian Peterson.

  13. LeRoy36 says: Oct 25, 2010 11:25 AM

    “Favre has now thrown for more yards against the Packers than any other former Packers quarterback, breaking a record previously owned by Mark Brunell. ”
    Maybe because there just aren’t that many former Packer quarterbacks.

  14. trickbunny says: Oct 25, 2010 11:54 AM

    # somesome says:
    October 25, 2010 9:27 AM
    “No two ways about it: Favre is hurting the Vikings.”
    … can only come from somebody who does not watch the game. Farve had the ball and had the chance to win the game at the end, did he not? How is he hurting the team?”
    ————————————————–
    By throwing 3 picks, losing those possessions, and then overthrowing receivers who are in the end zone when there’s a chance to win it. To borrow a phrase from Bill Belichick, Favre is beginning to display “diminishing skills”. I’m not insulting him, though. To be realistic, he’s a guy who’s 41 who’s ego has convinced him he is exactly the same player he was at 26.
    ————————————————-
    “Drew Brees had a 3 and 4 INT game, Ben turned the ball over twice and fumbled on the goal line, are they hurting their team?”
    ————————————————–
    No, because those are uncharacteristic displays by those guys. Those guys don’t make these kinds of critical errors week in and week out like Favre does. You’re comparing occasional, rare flubs by these guys to something Favre is starting to do regularly: play well until the pressure makes him blow it.
    —————————————————-
    “Stupid headline journalism of somebody who obviously does not understand football.”
    —————————————————
    Translation: “Michael David Smith, I don’t agree with your assessment of the game- therefore YOU don’t understand football… even though you eat/sleep/write about it and have access to these people up close, 24/7 and I don’t….”

  15. Hauschild says: Oct 25, 2010 12:01 PM

    With all these close games lately, I’m surprised no one has accused Favre of “intentionally” tanking the first few quarters of games so that he can have the ball in his hands in the final seconds to snatch victory from defeat, or look the part of the hero for trying. That’s kinda how the hate has overtaken better judgment lately, not only from guys that get paid a helluva lotta money to proclaim their vast understanding of NFL football and the human psyche, but casual fans as well.
    Favre’s the greatest NFL player in the history of mankind, but much of what he does goes unnoticed because people have become accustomed to it. Once he’s gone and we’re reduced to watching candy-asses play NFL football, then people will understand.

  16. gregjennings says: Oct 25, 2010 12:55 PM

    I love watching Favre and I wish him the best. The Packers have had the joy and heart-break of watching him for years. The same thing that makes him great makes him terrible. Live and die by the sword. It’s an extermely difficult thing for the fans to watch the up and down, the joys and heart-break. The Viking fans are starting to find this out.
    God bless Brett Favre.

  17. tig 0 bitties says: Oct 25, 2010 1:51 PM

    Favre did hurt us. to whoever the idiot is up top that thinks that he didn’t, just plain stupid. take away the 14 points i think it is that came off of 2 of his 3 interceptions, vikes win (most likely). ya randy has to catch it, if its thrown to him, the pick when it was thrown to randy, favre pump faked cuz he was gaurded randy then headed up field wich would have worked if favre would have thrown it to him. but favre pumped then threw it to the same spot he would have when he faked. dumb. take the sack. It’s really the sole reason i think we lost the game. mostly the pick 6 but all his interceptions didn’t help.
    on the shank catch. it was a catch. i don’t care if the ball touched the ground at all. you’re just a hater if you say it wasn’t actually a catch. ya i know the rule says if it touches the ground or whatever but the way the rule was written it robbed us of a touchdown. as soon as the ball touched shanks hands it never moved, or was jarred in anyway shape or form.
    i don’t know why every time it has to be a last minute loss wich makes it that much harder to take, knowing damn well you coulda won even though your team played real poor (usually). we didn’t play poor last night like our other losses, favre just threw too many ints. end of story.

  18. duffsbeer says: Oct 25, 2010 2:23 PM

    it was a great game, like usual the vikes allowed the home team momentum to put them in a hole. They came back great, AP grinding out some tough yards (yes Toby was in at the end because he’s a better pass protector then you AP). Green bay was slowed down in the second half but did enough to win.
    There was bad calls on both sides (how the personal foul call on Harvin got flagged and the quarless td got called was ridiculous). The difference is that these are still two of the most talented teams in the NFC. When vikes get Rice back and their depleted secondary is back and when Green bay gets Harris back these two should be the force in the NFC. Unfortunately Minnesota has to be a force to make the playoffs whereas GB can have a couple of off games now.

  19. simple_simon1 says: Oct 25, 2010 2:34 PM

    Hauschild:
    “Favre’s the greatest NFL player in the history of mankind, but much of what he does goes unnoticed because people have become accustomed to it. Once he’s gone and we’re reduced to watching candy-asses play NFL football, then people will understand.”
    Well, I think Favre has had a great career but you must be kidding. The “greatest NFL player in the history of mankind”. LOL
    Lets be honest. He’s done some fine things in his career. But, just for starters, he can’t win the big game. And when I say this I mean the following. You all act like he’s the Messiah that’s going to single handedly take your team to the Superbowl yet fail to recognize that through all his years, with all those stats and numerous stacked teams he’s only been able to do this once.
    Second, the only stats that jump out at me that are truly sweet are his consecutive starts and just how long he’s continued to play at a high level. The stats aren’t nearly as impressive because it’s mostly a result of playing for 20 years, which once again, goes back to the consecutive starts. Easiest way to prove this….. He owns all the records you don’t want as well….. He has more fumbles than any player in NFL history, has more INT’s than any player in NFL history, has more INT’s for TD’s than any other QB in NFL history, and has more incompletions than any QB in NFL history. This doesn’t mean he hasn’t had a great HOF career. It does show, however, that if you play long enough, you can own these records. He owns all the good and bad records. People like Marino aren’t even close with the bad stats and never played with near the teams that Favre did. So, lets just keep things in perspective when calling him the greatest ever.
    I like Favre’s toughness, so your right that many players are now weak in comparison. As far as retiring, please, please, please, let him know I fully support this decision but not until this year is done. I don’t want to play a young, revitalized Tavaris Jackson with weapons. He wasn’t horrible without them. Let the old man blow a few more games for the Vikings first so they can’t possibly recover.

  20. MrHumble says: Oct 25, 2010 3:22 PM

    Will it be Wednesday or Thursday when the NFL apologizes for the officiating in Sunday nites game??? Neither QB was very sharp, but at least Rodgers bad passes hit the ground 5-10yds in back of his wr’s. I hope this officiating crew never sees an nfl game again.

  21. OttoVon says: Oct 25, 2010 3:32 PM

    SJ Apollo -You are truly clueless and classless. I can’t beleive you would actually like the Vikings to move! It would ruin what has been the only consistent rivalry in the NFC North over the past 25 years.
    There are different rules regarding the TD catch… 1 is now known as the Calvin Johnson rule and the other as the Bert Emanuel rule. But, I wouldn’t expect you to be smart enough to know the difference or rational enough to see another persons point.
    Either way, can’t wait for the next Pack/Vikings game… I’m sure it will be great with more on the line for both of us.

  22. mnmaverick says: Oct 26, 2010 3:31 AM

    The two biggest problems with the Vikings are the offensive line and the coaching.
    Favre can’t even do a 3 step drop without being assaulted behind that line.
    They miss Matt Birk, and Chester Taylor.
    This team stinks on the road and from a preperation, play-calling stand-point. That’s all Childress and Bevell.
    If Favre had Rodgers’ offensive line he’d be un-stoppable.
    Defensively, the loss of Griffin hurts, and Cook was just coming back from injury. Their safeties suck. They’re never in posiotion to help the corners.
    Chilly had a responsibility to address the offensive line this past off-season and didn’t do it. It was quite apparent last year that they needed help there.
    So now we have Favre, Peterson, Moss, Harvin, Shank, etc. and no offensive line. That makes a hell of alot of sense. A 41 year old behind a line that doies a courtsey before allowing the pass rush to blow right by. I’d like to know what’s going through Ziggy Wilf’s head. Because from a fan stand-point, the only reason why Chilly still has a job is buddy business. We saw that with the T-Wolves between Kevin McHale and Glen Taylor. The thinking like, “I pay millions for the staff and players, but you have full permission to destroy my franchise for me.”

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