Packers-Ravens: 'Must-see TV,' Billick says

Ravens coach realizes that game might be Brett Favre's last on MNF

As the Green Bay Packers prepare to play at the Ravens on Monday night, there seems to be more interest on what the game might represent than the game itself.

Even coach Brian Billick acknowledged the draw likely won't be the battle of two of the worst teams in football, the 4-9 Ravens and the 3-10 Packers.

But this could the last appearance by Packers quarterback Brett Favre on "Monday Night Football," a stage on which he has produced some of his most memorable performances.

Late in the 2003 season, Favre completed 22 of 30 passes for 399 yards and four touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders on a Monday night, one day after his father died.

"If I'm a fan, I'm not going to miss (Monday night's) game," Billick said. "In Baltimore, to come out on a Monday night - whatever the circumstances are, whatever your perspective is - and watch one of the great players of all time compete live on what might be (one of his last games) ... and you have a ticket, and you didn't go, you have no one to blame but yourself."

Billick has a lasting tie to Favre.

Billick's first season in the NFL was as a tight ends coach with the Minnesota Vikings in 1992. It was that same year that Favre began his career with the Green Bay Packers.

The last time Favre faced the Ravens, in October 2001, Favre completed 27 of 34 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-23 victory at Lambeau Field.

"I've grown up professionally with him, so to speak, and (have) a huge amount of respect (for him)," Billick said. "He's been the source of many moments of exaltation and sheer frustration, watching him do some of the things that he does."

Billick has been giving a hard sell to the Ravens' fans.

There were about 15,000 no-shows at Baltimore's last home game, and the team is trying to avoid a repeat. The weather promises to be cold, and neither team has a shot at the playoffs.

But with Favre's possible last Monday night game, the Ravens could see some visitors from the Midwest. Some team officials expect a large contingent of Packers fans buying their way into M&T Bank Stadium, something not lost on Billick.

"You think Steelers fans show up? Packers fans have a lot more money than people in Pittsburgh," Billick said. "They save it a lot more. If I had that ticket, I'm going to be in that seat watching."

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