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Favre admitted he “choked” during 2009 NFC title game

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Vikings play-by-play announcer Paul Allen knew it instantly.  So did Brett Favre.

Coach Brad Childress had outsmarted himself following a timeout by sending 12 men to the huddle, but Favre still had the offense in position for a long game-winning field goal try at the end of the 2009 NFC title game.  Favre rolled right, opted not to run or throw the ball away, and foolishly threw across his body.

Tracy Porter intercepted the ball, forcing overtime.  And Allen exclaimed, “This is not Detroit, man, this is the Super Bowl!

Favre was more concise.

I choked,” Favre told former teammate Sage Rosenfels after the Saints won the toss to start an overtime period that would end without the Vikings touching the ball, other than to kick it off.

That’s the takeaway from a lengthy, detailed explanation of the game by Rosenfels, posted at Peter King’s  And while it’s a story that if it were a human would be old enough to walk and talk and most of the time crap in a toilet, it’s a bit jarring to see that Favre summarized his performance that bluntly.

What isn’t mentioned is whether Rosenfels has shared Favre’s candor with Favre’s blessing or even his knowledge.  Later in the story, Rosenfels explains he was “pissed . . . off” when the “[t]alking heads” on SportsCenter accused Favre of choking.

If Rosenfels didn’t get clearance from Favre to share that Favre used that same term on himself in the heat of the moment and within the confines of an NFL sideline, Favre could now be the one who’s pissed off.

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  1. chemicaltoilet says: Aug 8, 2013 12:32 AM

    If you were Brett Favre wouldnt you think you choked too?

  2. walker615 says: Aug 8, 2013 12:32 AM

    I despise Favre and always have- but the rosenfels article made me respect him just a tiny bit more. As flawed as Favre might have been, the guy was tough as nails. And good on him for owning up to making a poor decision at the worst possible time. When he said “choked” I very much doubt he meant “scared”.

    …still think he was an overrated loose cannon tho lol

  3. creasy says: Aug 8, 2013 12:34 AM

    He consistently threw away playoff games. Philly, New York, St. Louis. He didn’t choke. He was just brett being brett.

  4. 7ransponder says: Aug 8, 2013 12:42 AM

    Such an excellent article from Mr. Rosencopter (if not still hard to stomach the feelings that come with reading about that game) and you choose to pick out that one thing?

    That definitely wasn’t the only takeaway from that article. Seeing how our owner reacted and reflected with the players, how this backup QB saw the same questionable things we did and hinting at the NFL making this into a feel good story because of Katrina , getting an inside view of the sidelines and the personnel behind one of the modern classics of a NFCCG – there’s a LOT more to take away here than “I choked”. Favre was being hard on himself, but anyone worth a damn as a fan of this game knows his legacy won’t be that one interception – the man embodied everything that’s great about football and he will be inducted in to the HoF with that in mind.

    Besides, if anyone truly choked in that game, it was the refs. Call me an eternal whiner, I don’t care, that was abysmal.

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 8, 2013 12:43 AM

    It was one of those magical Viking moments.

    Thanks Bert!

  6. golforepar says: Aug 8, 2013 12:49 AM

    Even though he was their QB, Favre just wanted to beat the Vikes 1 more time!

  7. pmars64 says: Aug 8, 2013 12:56 AM

    As a Saints fan, the NFC title game was as heart-stopping a game as I’ve ever watched. Viking fans will say they were the better team and that they got robbed and that they gave the game away. Maybe some or all of this is true, but I’m sure they would have gladly accepted a win if the teams were reversed. Nobody wins the championship anymore without the smile of lady luck. Look at any of the past dozen or more champions and there isn’t one of them who didn’t have some luck along the way. In any case, for me, winning that game is just as memorable as winning the Super Bowl. No doubt.

    “Favre, pack to pass, he pumps, he fires over the middle, it’s intercepted…I can’t believe what I’m seeing here…” For me, no more beautiful words were ever spoken in football.

  8. SkeletalDrawing says: Aug 8, 2013 12:59 AM

    Who cares if he’s pissed, it’s the truth – as brilliantly as be played that year (and as a Packer fan it galls me to admit) that interception cost the the game, and it was an unforced error. If you know a better definition of “choke” I’m willing to hear it.

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 8, 2013 12:59 AM

    I really think Favre did a lot of those things (subconsciously) “on purpose”. He had perfect innate athletic intelligence. It was the journey and not the destination that mattered. Brett had to keep pushing the destination into the future to stretch out his journey.

  10. ronrivers says: Aug 8, 2013 1:00 AM

    I’m a Lions fan… I don’t remember that Paul Allen quote, and granted it was the historically worst season for an nfl franchise the year before, but I’m that much more excited for week 1 against the Vikings. That should serve as perpetual bulletin board material.

    That said, this admission by Favre makes me a little sad we couldn’t have seen Favre pull it out and finish his career with one more Super Bowl appearance. He ruined a lot of seasons for the Lions, but he was always fun to watch.

  11. 1964bclions says: Aug 8, 2013 1:06 AM

    Too many people only remember the remarkable regular season come backs and wins.

    However, these people forget the horrific chokes when it really counted in the NFL Playoffs, and in the confines of his own family.

  12. mnmarine0351 says: Aug 8, 2013 1:07 AM

    I still dont blame Favre for that loss. Five fumbles and 12 men on the field lost that game. heartbreaking to be sure but I still thank Favre for one hell of a season in 2009

  13. irishgary says: Aug 8, 2013 1:08 AM

    He desperatley wants to get back in the good graces of Green Bay

  14. boothlustig says: Aug 8, 2013 1:13 AM

    Choke? You sure hear that a lot. I thought that the difference in the 2009 Minn Vikings seemed to be the 40 yr. old guy. Did Paul Allen notice that or did he think Favre held the Vikings back?

    Before ‘09, I never paid much attention to WR Sidney Rice and TE Visanthe Shiancoe. Why did they have such break out years in ‘09? Maybe Minn would have been better off benching Favre and playing backup QB Sagaris Jacksonfels. Then again, maybe not.

    What happened during the Minn vs NO game? The int at the end was huge. Throw the ball away and Longwell would have attempted a 57 yd FG, assuming Childress had the guts to call it.

    Before then I did noticed that it was the 40 yr old guy keeping his team together on the sideline when Peterson, the super star RB had 2 fumbles, in the red zone and seemed to have lost all confidence. Did you notice that the Minn head coach projected an ‘air’ of confidence? The defense could not stop the Saints in OT and the referees seemed to make several calls and short yardage ball marks before key measurements in NO’s favor late.

    All the while the NO Saints were trying to take the 40 yr. old guy out with dirty play such as shots to the knee, twists of the ankles etc. BTW, where was the ref in charge of watching ‘roughing the passer?’

    Choke? On one play, maybe. But the body of work in 2009 was impressive from a 40 yr old. What does Paul Allen think about that?

  15. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 8, 2013 1:14 AM

    You just had to open that wound…ugh.

  16. granadafan says: Aug 8, 2013 1:17 AM

    Rosenfels should have just texted the story. Then it would be all right with little Brett.

  17. thundersandpackers says: Aug 8, 2013 1:41 AM

    did he choke against the Giants and Falcons too while playing at home. I guess Farve chokes on a lot of BIG things

  18. heimerz says: Aug 8, 2013 1:43 AM

    This story was custom made for a 3 team flame war between Viking, Packer and Saints fans.

  19. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Aug 8, 2013 1:52 AM

    This was written nearly 3 years ago, just released today. I’m pretty sure Favre isn’t the first professional athlete to feel as if they’ve “choked” in a big game. It can happen. Remember that this was also Bounty Gate, where classless players were basically trying to take out his knee, while another was trying to rip his head off. All the while, the refs turned a blind eye to it all, yet I don’t recall any athlete ever, coming back to put his team in a position to win the game.

    Thank you Brett for an incredible, memorable year.

    Seriously, the regular season can’t come quick enough.

  20. sfm073 says: Aug 8, 2013 1:57 AM

    That was the risk you took with having favre as your qb. The same thing goes with having Peyton manning as your qb. He can read the defense correctly all game, but all it takes is one bad read at the wrong time and you lose the game.

  21. NoHomeTeam says: Aug 8, 2013 2:01 AM

    Sage Rosenfels needs to remember that he’s Sage Rosenfels, and just fade away.

  22. andrewgeorge284 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:02 AM

    Read the article. The story shouldn’t be about the word “choked.” From someone who has coached, and played, it’s great insight into the mental aspect on the way the game should be played.

    Anyone who thinks Favre hadn’t had those thoughts, or said them out loud is naive, or thinks poorly of Favre.

  23. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Aug 8, 2013 2:02 AM

    It was a great story for anybody that hasn’t read it. Gives good insight into the mind of a football player before a game.

  24. All-American Voltron says: Aug 8, 2013 2:06 AM

    If this is true, you have to respect Favre’s honesty and openness to a teammate at that moment.

  25. whichiwhichwawa says: Aug 8, 2013 2:15 AM

    lets not forget the blatant shot after shot he took from the “vaunted” saints D and a boatload of fumbles by his teammates.

  26. jimbo75025 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:28 AM

    Choke is a pretty strong word.
    Was it a bad play? Certainly.
    Was it the only bad play in an ugly game (fumbles, etc) by the Vikes? Nope
    Would the Vikes ever have gotten that far unless Favre had played out of his mind all season ?

    It was the football equivalent of Casey at the Bat played out before our eyes.

  27. bantry1234 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:51 AM

    That was the worst beating I’ve ever seen a man take on the football field. And he never missed a snap. Forget all the other stuff. That’s why he’s a legendary QB.

  28. saintsfan26 says: Aug 8, 2013 3:00 AM

    Tell it like it is, Brett. You did choke, and the Black and Gold won the Superbowl. Good times.

  29. greenmeattruck says: Aug 8, 2013 3:06 AM

    The GREAT FAVRE choked?! noooooo!

    For me and I’m sure many other Packer fans, this was truly a moment to savor. The moment when somebody else got FARVED instead of the Packers, and it just happened to be our friends in purple.

    The irony was, simply put… majestic!

  30. silentcount says: Aug 8, 2013 3:14 AM

    That game remains as the most fiercely fought and epic field battles of all time. You can’t take anything away from the players’ efforts on either team. It came down to chess match strategy between Sean Payton and Brad Childress. And in this case, the better coach won.

  31. redseaone says: Aug 8, 2013 3:20 AM

    Vilma made that pick, not Porter.

  32. redandgoldhitman52 says: Aug 8, 2013 3:27 AM

    favre had an amazing season that year

  33. zcalvelli says: Aug 8, 2013 3:32 AM

    “Admitted” is the wrong word. I’m not a Favre apologist, but he said that amidst the emotion of the moment. He fought the good fight that day, and to say otherwise is to be oblivious to the film.

  34. johanvil says: Aug 8, 2013 3:40 AM

    Kudos to him for admitting it.

  35. irishgary says: Aug 8, 2013 3:44 AM

    Favre was a choker at the end of the year, funny how Peterson is one too with his two fumbles in the Championship game. He can have the rushing record, he’ll never get a ring.

  36. burrito12 says: Aug 8, 2013 3:52 AM

    Brett, it’s not your fault! The moment you put on that ugly purple uniform you knew that you and your team would eventually choke. That’s what Vikings do! They have a long storied history of choking.

  37. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 8, 2013 4:41 AM

    May I be the first to say that new MMQB site is a football fan’s wet dream? So much gorgeous in-depth content.

  38. wmatthew760 says: Aug 8, 2013 4:44 AM

    As I remember didn’t Adrian Peterson fumble 3-4 times
    That game?

  39. truthserum4u says: Aug 8, 2013 5:02 AM

    I have my doubts as to whether Longwell could have hit that fieldgoal any way. The 12 men penalty is what really killed the Vikings (that and not hanging onto the ball all game long).

    Good for Favre for feeling like he should have done better. Funny thing is, he completed that exact same pass, in about the same field position if I’m not mistaken, the week prior. With the gimpy ankle Favre would have been lucky to get back to the lie of scrimmage had he run with it.

    Some would call it “Murphy’s Law”. I just call it “Viking’s Luck”.

  40. textexington says: Aug 8, 2013 5:25 AM


  41. onbucky96 says: Aug 8, 2013 5:27 AM

    Cue the audio of KFAN’s Kris Allen’s of Favre’s pick. Truely epic.

  42. tjacks7 says: Aug 8, 2013 5:28 AM

    And to that I say, “duh.”

  43. sleepsoncouches says: Aug 8, 2013 6:03 AM

    He could have waddled for 5 yards or lobbed it to Berrian on the sidelines but he did the Favre thing and threw it to the competition.

  44. houseofbacon says: Aug 8, 2013 6:06 AM

    He should still be a first ballot HOFer. He holds a handful of passing records + streak of starting games for a QB.

  45. GenXJay says: Aug 8, 2013 6:27 AM

    2009? it was a great game in the past.
    let us not dwell on the past like the gb trolls.

  46. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 8, 2013 6:35 AM

    It really was a perfect ending to a beautiful day…

  47. patfic15 says: Aug 8, 2013 6:37 AM

    Thank you Favre.- all Saints fans

  48. j972 says: Aug 8, 2013 6:40 AM

    Brett Favre is the greatest football player of all time.

  49. firestarter0728 says: Aug 8, 2013 6:53 AM

    Yep, he sure did! On the bright side, at least he choked for a team other than the Packers. We were getting kind of tired of that.

  50. hendeeze says: Aug 8, 2013 6:56 AM

    oh we know…

  51. thegonz13 says: Aug 8, 2013 6:57 AM

    We all knew that, Brett. But, hey, nice of you to admit it.

  52. stellarperformance says: Aug 8, 2013 6:58 AM

    He was brainwashed.

  53. bucrightoff says: Aug 8, 2013 7:00 AM

    Paul Allen’s call of Favre’s pick at the end of the game is one of the all time greatest

  54. doubleogator says: Aug 8, 2013 7:16 AM

    It wasn’t the first time he’s done that…

  55. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 8, 2013 7:19 AM


  56. ejmat2 says: Aug 8, 2013 7:27 AM

    Was it a poor pass? Yes! However its a pass he threw all year long with great success. The week prior against Dallas he did the same thing that turned into a 1st down and a TD.

    There were many reasons why the Vikings lost that game. 6 turnovers doesn’t help. Of course there are the phantom 1st downs, catches and passing interference in OT.

    My point is it wasn’t Favre’s fault they lost. That high leg, low leg hit is the reason why Favre couldn’t run at all. Of course there was no penalty called on that with a ref staring right at it. But the Vikings lost that game as a team. Not because Brett Favre choked.

  57. ejmat2 says: Aug 8, 2013 7:31 AM

    Cue all the Saint fans to bash my post and justify the bad calls and tell Viking fans to get over it. We’ve moved on. It is what it is. The bottom line is the Saints won the game and went on to win the Superbowl. Congrats! It would just be nice if the fans take the win with grace instead of the way they handled it. A lot of fans including myself were happy for the Saints and their fans especially after what happened with Katrina. Unfortunately, the fans made it difficult to continue that happiness for that area.

  58. hack19 says: Aug 8, 2013 7:42 AM

    He may have choked at the end, but his overall performance was one of the most gutsiest games ever played. I think that game was a synopsis of his whole career.

  59. 319hike says: Aug 8, 2013 7:43 AM

    Risk vs. reward. You play that long and you can’t count those plays on one hand. We’ll see if he says this during his HOF speech.

  60. eagleswin says: Aug 8, 2013 7:52 AM

    Most people outside of Minnesota already knew that so it shouldn’t come as a big surprise other than that Favre had any self-awareness.

  61. johnclaytonsponytail says: Aug 8, 2013 8:00 AM

    Being a Saints and long time Favre fan this was evident as soon as the game was over. This is what he did his whole career taking chances. Over the years and hearing the whining from the whole Viking fan base Im glad he himself has come out to say what weve known all along. He “Favred” it up plain and simple. Maybe the Viking fans will stop whining now. Heck who am I kidding? That’s the best thing theyre good at!!

  62. jimmysee says: Aug 8, 2013 8:09 AM

    We all knew it would come to that. The seeds of Brett’s own fate are part of him.

    It’s almost Shakespearean.

  63. lovedabirds says: Aug 8, 2013 8:09 AM

    Story of his career. His one SB win was Desmond Howard’s win. Favre has always thrown up prayers when the game is on the line. 2007 against the Giants in GB is another perfect example of Favre throwing up a satellite, short & off target. Although he provided some great NFL moments, as a whole for winning the big game, Favre is a disappointment.

  64. fletcher08 says: Aug 8, 2013 8:11 AM

    It doesn’t sound like you even read the story when you talk about Childress sending the 12 men out. Sage explains it in his article. I suggest you read it.

  65. andrewluck12 says: Aug 8, 2013 8:13 AM

    say what you want about brett. but damn the man played some awesome ball. i miss seein him slingin it on sundays.

  66. thepvyharvin says: Aug 8, 2013 8:14 AM

    Brett Favre,at 40, gave it his all that day,and then some.Left it all on the field. Never have I seen a man take a beating like that short of a boxing match.Story of the game was fumbles. I will never blame Brett Favre. Vikings fan…

  67. mas151 says: Aug 8, 2013 8:16 AM

    “We’ll never forget you Brent.”

  68. packy305 says: Aug 8, 2013 8:17 AM

    He also choked in Green Bay so that’s nothing new.

  69. idpfantasyfootball says: Aug 8, 2013 8:18 AM

    The refs choked in that game. Non-calls on illegal hits on Favre and the phantom pass interference on Ben Leber handed the game to the Saints.

  70. whatjusthapped says: Aug 8, 2013 8:22 AM

    File this under, “No S$it, Sherlock”

    It is rarely mentioned, but from 2000-01 on, Favre had pitiful playoff performances and the Packers had seen enough. The final straw was in the Giant’s OT NFC win when Favre picked the only covered WR to throw to in that game.

    The top brass in GB recognize the objective is to win Superbowls and when it was determined that Favre couldn’t get them there, they switched QB’s.

    It was only fitting that Favre, one of the games biggest choke QB’s, would close out his career with the biggest choke franchise, the Vikings, loser of all 4 Superbowls they ever appeared in and loser of the last 5 NFC championship games they appeared in. A match made in heaven, wouldn’t you say?

  71. kwwkkwwk says: Aug 8, 2013 8:22 AM

    While you’re at it, look at all the playoff losses with the Packers and start a choke tally… i.e. 2007 NFC championship vs NYG last throw as a Packer, 2004 MN playoff where he threw past the line of scrimmage instead of diving for a first on third and goal and then smiling about it settling for a FG attempt , 2003 4 & 26 game in PHI desperation INT, 2002 home vs ATL butterfinger fumbles, 2001 6 INT’s vs. STL, 1997 super bowl vs DEN too hungover to play… I’m missing some. Help me out true Packer fans.
    Oh wait, MN talks about how great 2009 was… get about 7 more of those under your belt and you’ll feel the same about Favre as Packer fans do

  72. bach2112 says: Aug 8, 2013 8:26 AM

    So glad hes not taking up preseason anymore. Will he play? Espn had whole shows on the subject.

  73. salmen76 says: Aug 8, 2013 8:28 AM

    Ha Ha. I always knew he choked. I watched the play live. I own a television set. Ha Ha. The Saints was Favres favorite team growing up in Mississippi. Then on a play that would have put Favre and his team in the SB Favre did indeed choke. If he would have thrown the ball away or ran a yard or two they could have tried a field goal that would have won the game for the Vikes if it was good. But then came the choke. He had the audacity to try and throw across his body against the most physical defense in the history of the NFL. I actually believe he was in SO MUCH PAIN from the Saints D pounding him all evening he couldn’t think straight or he was just scared to get hit again. Then the best offense in NFL history took the field and promptly drove down the field to filed goal range and split the goal posts with the game winner in overtime. Then the Saints went to and won the SB! Aint it cool? Ha Ha. Geaux Saints!

  74. breese68 says: Aug 8, 2013 8:37 AM

    The article by Rosefels was a peek inside a fantastic game from a player’s perspective. There was more to it than Brett “choked”. That was probably the most vicious game I have ever watched, and Brett amazed me every time he got off the ground. Blaming the loss on him is ridiculous. I guess the six fumbles by the Vikings had nothing to do with the loss? What about the blown calls by the officials? Calls they admitted the blew? Brett made an emotional statement at the end of a brutal game. I admire his courage for gutting out the game, as I am sure he could have easily sat down by the third quarter!

    This is coming from a Bucs fan, and simply a fan of football.

  75. ocgunslinger says: Aug 8, 2013 8:38 AM

    Absolutely GREAT article with tremendous insight written by Sage Rosenfelds in the above link. I highly doubt Favre would be “Pissed” in any way about the article.

  76. cometkazie says: Aug 8, 2013 8:41 AM

    Get out the popcorn.

  77. corduroy88 says: Aug 8, 2013 8:46 AM

    Yea, we know. It isn’t some big secret. Favre wanted to be the hero, and it was that mentality he lived and died by. It cost him and his teams dearly more often than not. As a Packer fan, this was a wonderful moment…one of the biggest choke jobs of all time.

  78. jonny42671 says: Aug 8, 2013 8:59 AM

    12 men in the huddle will forever haunt me. Thank you for a great year Favre. It’s to bad Packer fans don’t realize how special you really are!!!

  79. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 8, 2013 9:16 AM

    It really was the perfect end to a beautiful day…

  80. parinoid1 says: Aug 8, 2013 9:52 AM

    lovedabirds said,”Story of his career. His one SB win was Desmond Howard’s win. Favre has always thrown up prayers when the game is on the line. 2007 against the Giants in GB is another perfect example of Favre throwing up a satellite, short & off target. Although he provided some great NFL moments, as a whole for winning the big game, Favre is a disappointment.”,,,Finally someone who saw the TRUTH not the smoke screens that everybody throws up, for YEARs everybody blamed the defense, the Offense The refs The bad Brats served they even blamed Then Selves, bretty faRve was the BIGGEST PRETENDER OF ALL NFL HISTORY !!! LOL

  81. mas151 says: Aug 8, 2013 9:59 AM

    “Throw Forrest (Gump) throw.”

  82. demjoneses says: Aug 8, 2013 10:02 AM

    Dispite multiple turn overs the sikes fans will blame bounty gate -which was unsuccessful in taking farve (spelled incorrectly) out of the game – and the refs. The fact is if they wouldn’t have had so many turnovers bounty gate and the refs wouldn’t have mattered.

    Also why would you want you team to win their first SB with the Legendary QB of your rival?

    Another thing came to mind, Jennings talked about how GB “brain washed” him into thinking they were the only organization on earth that says they’re the best. MN must be brain washed, seems like when GB doesn’t want a player MN is quick to pick them up, as if MN also believes GB is the best.

    This is coming from a Bears fan so I know most of you will discredit my opinion based on this fact alone. I don’t blame you.

    BEAR DOWN!!!!! It’ll be some good comp in the NFC North this year. Good (no so) Luck to your teams.

  83. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 8, 2013 10:05 AM

    Of course Favre choked. That was the worst decision I’ve ever seen anyone make on a football field. Still, Favre shouldn’t be too hard on himself. The Vikings are obviously cursed and this is how the curse played itself out that time. Being a Viking fan is not for the faint of heart.

  84. roseann894 says: Aug 8, 2013 10:10 AM

    If only you could still access Peter King’s column since they re-formatted everything on that crappy site.

  85. stellarperformance says: Aug 8, 2013 10:11 AM

    jonny42671 says:
    Aug 8, 2013 8:59 AM
    12 men in the huddle will forever haunt me. Thank you for a great year Favre. It’s to bad Packer fans don’t realize how special you really are!!!

    Of course we realize it. What a strange thing to say. We knew it for nearly two decades before you. What you are forgetting is that Benedict Arnold was a special and decorated battle veteran too. Look how that worked out for him.

  86. drew42301 says: Aug 8, 2013 10:21 AM

    To “choke” and to “be choked by the opposing defense while the officials look the other way” are not the same.

    That game was a travesty.

  87. spankymcwanky says: Aug 8, 2013 10:28 AM

    If all you got from Rosenfelds article is that Favre admitted that he choked then you need to increase your reading comprehension skills, or you’re trying to write an incendiary review. Rosenfeld was commenting on why the loss wasn’t Favre’s fault, outright. He commented on why things went wrong and why the team blew it. Favre threw that bad pass, but if the rest of the coaches and players had done their jobs a little better then Favre shouldn’t have even been in the position to throw that pass in the first place. No one is excusing Favre for that decision. Rosenfeld simply explained why Favre was a warrior in that game and that entire season, but most importantly, why that game was a TEAM loss, and not the outcome of one play.

  88. aa1829 says: Aug 8, 2013 10:37 AM

    I hate this man with all of my heart and soul. I only wish he had actually choked on a chicken bone while he still had 3 years left in GB. Go Packer!, and favray, you still suck!!!!!!!!!!!!

  89. jonny42671 says: Aug 8, 2013 10:56 AM

    He single handily brought the Packers back from no where for many seasons, and all youPacker Fans can say how he choked in a few games. Shows what kind of fans you really are. NO class at all. Fat, Drunk and stupid is no way to go thru life.

  90. frellmedead7 says: Aug 8, 2013 11:02 AM

    With Favre choking more often than not for the last several years he was in Green Bay, it was nice to see it happen to someone else, especially since it was the Queens!

  91. frellmedead7 says: Aug 8, 2013 11:09 AM

    Going back to one of Favre’s choke jobs, his last game as a Green Bay Packer, that one wasn’t all on him either. Had the rest of the team not packed it in at halftime, including and especially Greg Jennings (famous for his Houdini disappearing acts in big games) and every other receiver except Donald Driver, they probably would have won that game and Favre wouldn’t have been trying to win it by himself again by forcing a throw.

  92. stellarperformance says: Aug 8, 2013 11:28 AM

    jonny42671 says:
    Aug 8, 2013 10:56 AM
    Fat, Drunk and stupid is no way to go thru life

    I agree. But it might be difficult to get Brett to take your advice.

  93. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Aug 8, 2013 11:49 AM

    The man won a superbowl for Green Bay, yet you Packer fans now prefer to call him Judas.

    This just proves that you Packer fans are horrible people, seriously, what’s the matter with you?

    Terrible fans, terrible city, and a terrible stadium.
    No class. Keep on swilling the Keystone Light.

  94. redseaone says: Aug 8, 2013 12:28 PM

    Dude, Jonathan Vilma intercepted that pass, not Tracy Porter.

  95. viksfaninaz says: Aug 8, 2013 12:51 PM

    Brad Childress and his coaching staff choked for 12 men on the field and 5 fumbles that’s the reason it was a loss… but still does not hurt as much as 1998 15-1 season with the missed field goal wide left ugggggg lets keep these wounds closed.. now I need a beer..

  96. pillowporkers says: Aug 8, 2013 1:57 PM

    I love all the Packer fans ripping Favre for being a choker. I wish I could post a link to show you, but Aaron Rodgers is one of the worst all time in 4th qtr comeback opportunities. Historically bad. Look it up. Favre on the other hand, was one of the best. Sure he choked it away in some big games, but he was the gunslinger. Also, he doesn’t cry after every hit he takes like Rodgers either. He was a man.

  97. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:30 PM

    Of course he choked. And with that single throw, Favre gave birth to one of the all time magical Viking moments.

    Thanks Bert!

  98. stellarperformance says: Aug 8, 2013 3:21 PM

    I was living in Atlanta when the Falcons knocked the Vikings out of a SuperBowl appearance. The full-face photo of Chris Carter crying was on the front page of the paper the next morning. That same photo was blown up to 2′ X 3′ by a Packer fan with a printing business and handed out to over 100 people when the Vikings came to Lambeau the following season. Everywhere he looked he saw his own desperate face falling apart. That, by far, was a more satisfying self-destructive spectacle to watch than Favre’s interception.

    So he’s got that goin’ for ‘im.

  99. crappygovernment says: Aug 8, 2013 8:05 PM

    Peyton Manning = a Favre-like Choker

  100. smillr58 says: Aug 8, 2013 8:56 PM

    Karma… The aint’s will always represent the worst in an NFL team, NFL coaching staff, NFL city, and the worst fans… Karma MF’s… RIH! The worst of the worst…

  101. sb44champs says: Aug 9, 2013 8:54 AM

    smillr58 says:
    Aug 8, 2013 8:56 PM
    Karma… The aint’s will always represent the worst in an NFL team, NFL coaching staff, NFL city, and the worst fans… Karma MF’s… RIH! The worst of the worst…
    Says a very jealous fan, lol…..

  102. valhalla2013 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:09 PM


  103. pressytodd says: Aug 9, 2013 9:40 PM

    As a packer fan , after favre Quit (retired) in 08, I shed a tear or two just like brett. Then he wanted out , no trade without favre wanting to move on, and then moere uf the same untill favre at minisota, but then brett got his diva polished. Then old school BF got his mojo on and the viks were a juggernot all year and watching brett and his talking sucked, allong with the purple fans , gloating and calling all packer fans total fool`s for being upset about favre retireing twice, to move to minisota just to colect 20,plus million/year —– after that favre keep`s winning untill the NFC championship , then i think well this will end just like before, by the end of the 4th qtr, i`am

  104. muzzie0323 says: Aug 10, 2013 11:20 AM

    walker615 says: I despise Favre and always have- but the rosenfels article made me respect him just a tiny bit more. As flawed as Favre might have been, the guy was tough as nails. And good on him for owning up to making a poor decision at the worst possible time. When he said “choked” I very much doubt he meant “scared”.

    …still think he was an overrated loose cannon tho lol

    Loose cannon I agree with, overrated I think not. Favre didn’t play Def in that NFC title game, so there is more blame to go around then just putting it all on Favre.

  105. cometkazie says: Aug 10, 2013 12:24 PM

    Here, years later, the Vikes are mourning a game that happened years ago.

    I guess it makes them forget all those Super Bowl hoseings.

    When your current team can’t do squat, _________ (Fill in the blank.)

  106. uptjeff says: Aug 10, 2013 12:58 PM

    AP had 3 fumbles that game. Don’t blame Favre for the loss.

  107. vegasvinnie says: Aug 11, 2013 5:16 PM

    It wasn’t the brightest decision in the world but it still took a great play on Tracy Porter’s part. Porter proved 2 weeks later that it wasn’t a fluke.

  108. uksaintsfan says: Aug 15, 2013 6:07 AM

    ejmat2 says: Aug 8, 2013 7:31 AM

    Cue all the Saint fans to bash my post and justify the bad calls and tell Viking fans to get over it. We’ve moved on. It is what it is. The bottom line is the Saints won the game and went on to win the Superbowl. Congrats! It would just be nice if the fans take the win with grace instead of the way they handled it. A lot of fans including myself were happy for the Saints and their fans especially after what happened with Katrina. Unfortunately, the fans made it difficult to continue that happiness for that area.

    I agree with most of what you say with regards to the fact that it is now time to move on. At the end of the day, regardless of who the victor is, a win is a win.
    Admittedly, this was a crucial game for both teams and I don’t care what anyone says, if an opponent has a week spot, the other team will exploit it, be it in either American, Canadian or International forms of the game. Anyone that says otherwise is simply deluding themselves.
    Being a UK based Saints fan I cannot claim to be a true Saints supporter having only been to 2 actual games, but I have followed them since the mid 70’s. I watched this game as it went out live on TV in the UK and thought it an outstanding example of how the game is played.
    Be you a Packer, a Viking or a Saint, you should be looking at each game as its played, accept the result as it stands and get on with life.

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