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.