Enjoying the moment

Brett Favre extends one of his best seasons in Hall of Fame career

For all the success Brett Favre had during the 2007 season, he was wondering just after a few minutes of Saturday's NFC divisional playoff against Seattle if it wasn't meant to be. Packers running back Ryan Grant fumbled on the first two possessions of the game and the Packers fell behind 14-0.

Then the snow started falling.

When it rains, it pours, right?

What about when it snows?

Apparently, when it snows the Packers get going, because Favre and Co. erased that 14-0 deficit quicker than you can say, "Brett Favre for MVP."

The veteran quarterback engineered six straight touchdown drives as the Packers smothered Seattle, 42-20 at Lambeau Field, and are now headed to their first NFC title game since the 1997 season – the last season the Packers made the Super Bowl.

Favre admitted when his team fell behind 14-0, he was worried.

"When we were down 14-0, I have to admit I was not very optimistic," Favre said. "I thought, 'Oh boy, this ain't too good. This is the exact game I didn't want to be in."

Favre and the Packers may have been concerned but it didn't take long for them to change the momentum in the game. The Packers sliced Seattle's defense all day, with Ryan Grant rushing for a team playoff-record 201 yards and three touchdowns, and Favre torched the Seahawks' secondary.

The veteran quarterback completed 17-of-23 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns, which calculates into a 137.6 passer rating, his best ever in the postseason. Most of the game, it appeared the snow was more visible than the football, but Favre found a way to play like it was an sunny, 80-degree day.

Two of Favre's TD tosses went to wide receiver Greg Jennings, giving him 14 TD catches this season, but his most memorable throw came on a vintage Favre play that opposing coach Mike Holmgren likely saw too many times during his coaching tenure with the Packers.

Favre was flushed out of the pocket to his right and while stumbling saw tight end Donald Lee and flipped the ball underhand to Lee, who caught the pass for a first down. On the next play, the Packers scored, making it 28-17.

In many circles this is a risky play, but for Favre it was par for the course.

"What a backbreaker, really," Favre said. "If I did that play 10 times, nine times I probably fall flat on my face or it falls incomplete. If you're sitting on their sidelines, as I would have felt had I saw that happen to us, it's like, ‘What do we have to do?'"

Packers coach Mike McCarthy has seen enough of Favre the past two seasons to know this happens.

"I wasn't, 'Wow!'" McCarthy said. "But I'm glad he completed it. It didn't start off with wow, I can tell you that.

"He's a special player. He's clearly one of the all-time greats or the best that ever played the game."

While Favre delivered one of his best postseason performances of all time, in the days leading up to the game there were stories in newspapers and segments on talk-radio talking about whether "Good Brett" or "Bad Brett," would show up. This was based on his most recent playoff performances, which were struggles.

Clearly, the media was forgetting about 2007, where Favre took us all on a ride back to his glory years, where he was as good as he has been, maybe with the exception of his three MVP seasons. He compiled a 95.7 passer rating, threw 28 touchdowns passes, was named second-team All-Pro and led a team with no playoff prospects at the start of the season – at least that's what many of us thought – to a 13-3 record, a NFC North Division title and now a date in the NFC title game.

"Bad Brett" should've never been a thought. Prior to the game, my thought was Favre would make one more play than Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and that would be the difference. Obviously, Favre made more than one more good play. The future Hall of Famer was near-perfect on a day which was more suited for throwing snowballs than footballs.

In fact, Favre threw one snowball – at receiver Donald Driver – and as expected he hit him.

Snowball or football, it didn't matter this day, Favre put together a performance at age 38 that once again reminds us how fortunate Packers fans the rest of the NFL have been to watch his magic over the seasons.

If this was his last game at Lambeau Field, what a way to go out. Still, I, like many, believe he's coming back.

Days before the game, a story came out quoting Favre himself that he wanted to return for another season, and some saw it as a distraction, and said, "Why is he saying this now?" Anybody who knows Favre knows he would never jeopardize a game, let alone a playoff game, with his future as the topic. Media run with stories to fill the paper and air waves.

The talk never resonated in the Packers' locker room.

"I haven't decided on next year," said Favre. "I'm pleased that we won this game and that was ... a distraction a little bit. But the good thing about those guys is, they had no idea that story was even out."

With the 2008 season at least one game away from being a thought, Favre talked about what this win means to him. They mean more than ever, which is only human nature. He's nearing the end of an awesome career and is living for every moment.

"It does make you appreciate it," Favre said of winning. "We could be 3-13 next year. Who knows? So enjoy it and try to get the most out of it."

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