Voice of Experience

Been there, done that. Quarterback Brett Favre, with his 173 consecutive starts, 11 seasons as the Packers' field general, 3 MVPs and a Super Bowl ring, can say that about nearly anything football throws his way. Sunday's costly loss in the Meadowlands is no exception.<p>

Favre put the game in perspective as the Packers prepare for the playoffs.

"They played well. You've got to give them credit, but I'm reluctant to say that was one of our even average games. We just didn't play very well."

The game was below-average for Favre, who went 16-of-33 for 172 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Coach Mike Sherman took Favre out with 14 minutes remaining, after an interception.

"I hated to come out, but (Coach Sherman) said, 'Instead of getting guys hurt, let's go another route.'"

No kidding. Another key Packer was felled by injury in the game as receiver Donald Driver suffered a bruised shoulder in the first half and did not return. Driver, the most experienced of the Packers' new-look receiving corps, is listed as "questionable" for the playoff game vs. the Falcons.

That injury, combined with the already too-long list, is the reason why letting the first-round bye slip away is so painful.

"The chips were falling in line for us and it was there for the taking. It was not to be. It's upsetting."

The game may have left a sour taste in Favre's mouth, and left his season totals at a level about mid-way through his career list.

He finished the season 341-551 with 27 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. That's just slightly off last year's pace.

Favre summed up the season, which has been an uphill climb due almost entirely to injury:

"Sometimes teams can win just because of who they are. We're not one of those teams ... We didn't get anything given to us this year. Maybe the adversity caught up with us today, I don't know. I think we're a better football team than we played today."

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