Favre runner-up in MVP voting

Four votes stood between No. 4 and his fourth MVP.<p> Oakland QB Rich Gannon edged Brett Favre in the Associated Press Most Valuable Player voting results, released Wednesday. Gannon received 19 votes to Favre's 15, while Titans QB Steve McNair trailed with 11.<p>

The votes were compield from a nationwide panel of 48 sports writers and broadcasters.

Favre didn't comment on his runner-up finish Wednesday, but Tuesday said he was more concerned with getting a victory against the Atlanta Falcons in the Packers' playoff game this weekend than in winning the MVP.

"We have bigger fish to fry this week," Favre said. "To win the MVP and lose this weekend, I can't see going home saying, 'At least I got the MVP.' I'd much rather win and go on."

Favre, a three-time winner from 1995-97, led the Packers to an NFC North title and a share of the league's best record at 12-4, completing 341 of 551 passes (61.9 percent) for 3,658 yards and 27 touchdowns, with 16 interceptions in his 12th NFL season.

Gannon, 37, set an NFL record with 418 completions this season on 618 attempts (67.6 percent), accumulating 4,689 yards and 26 touchdowns. He threw only 10 interceptions as the Raiders went 11-5 en route to the AFC West title and earned home-field advantage for the playoffs.

Perhaps Favre's most impressive contribution this season, or any as a Packer, was his 16 starts. Favre has now started in 173 consecutive regular season games, an NFL record for quarterbacks. The QB has always made his ironman streak look easy, but this year the toll was evident. Favre played through torn lateral collateral ligament, sprained in the eighth game of the season when his leg twisted awkwardly during a sack by Washington's LaVar Arrington.

There's one poll in which Favre will always come out on top -- with his teammates.

"He's our MVP," guard Mike Wahle said. "I don't think he cares too much about that kind of stuff, so I'm not going to care about it too much either. Gannon had a good year, but I'll take No. 4 anytime."


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