Play of the game

The Metrodome was at its mind-numbing loudness. The Vikings had just intercepted Brett Favre and returned it for a touchdown. Ahead 31-24, the long-suffering Vikings seemed on the cusp of winning the NFC North.

"You never take control of Brett Favre," Vikings coach Mike Tice said.

No, you don't.

Chris Claiborne's 15-yard return of a Favre interception put the Vikings up by a touchdown with 8:18 remaining in regulation. The crowd only got louder as Ahman Green was stopped for no gain and Favre fired incomplete to Antonio Chatman.

Facing a third-and-10 from their 20-yard line, the Packers called timeout to mount a plan for perhaps the game's defining play. Favre, harassed for much of the day by the Vikings' energized defensive line, got some time. He feathered a pass toward Donald Driver, who was running a corner route. The ball was perfect, falling into Driver's hands near the sideline between Vikings defenders Willie Offord and Corey Chavous.

"He handles adversity better than any person that I know," Packers coach Mike Sherman said.

The play covered 20 yards. From there, the Packers overcame a first-and-15, converted a third-and-1 and finally scored on fourth-and-goal from the 3 when Favre flipped a pass to a tightly covered Driver just over the goal line.

The touchdown tied the score and allowed the Packers to eventually win their third straight division championship.

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