As the Packers lick their wounds during the bye week, here is something to ponder — a top-10 list of Favre's greatest triumphs over the last 18 years (including dates and corresponding headlines from various media outlets at the time of each triumph):
10. Sept. 1, 1996 – "Packers Open With a Big Bang" (Packer Report)
Favre led a Week 1 romp at Tampa Bay.
9. Sept. 12, 1999 – "Blood, Sweat, and Tears" (Packer Report)
Off the field, Favre was working through some personal issues. On the field, he was dealing with a badly sprained thumb. Throw in the fact that Mike Holmgren was gone, and Favre endures one of the most exhausting days of his career. Overcome by emotion, his postgame press conference ends abruptly. Just less than an hour earlier, he had kicked off the Ray Rhodes era in Green Bay by leading the Packers to a 28-24 victory over Oakland. The final drive (11 plays, 82 yards in 1:51) was capped by 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeff Thomason with 11 seconds remaining. Favre's day includes 333 passing yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions.
8. Sept. 28, 2008 – "Favre Hasn't Lost Magic Touch" (New York Post)
At 38 years old, and just four games into his Jets career, Favre has New York fans believing. In front of a home crowd, he throws a career-high six touchdown passes in a 56-35 romp of the Arizona Cardinals. Three times over 16 years in Green Bay, Favre threw five TDs in one game.
7. Sept. 20, 1992 – "What a Thriller! Packers Find New Heroes" (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
Favre and Mike Holmgren await destiny vs. Cincinnati.
6. Nov. 12, 1995 – "Rapid Recovery" (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
Favre throws for five touchdowns and a career-high passer rating of 147.2 in a 35-28 victory over the Bears at Lambeau. But that only tells part of the story. His 25-of-33, 336-yard performance comes on a severely sprained ankle that is heavily wrapped. The injury knocked him out of a game at Minnesota the week before. The win over the Bears kicks off a streak of eight wins in nine games leading to the NFC championship game.
5. Oct. 29, 2007 – "Favre Bombs Lift Packers Past Broncos" (PackerReport.com)
Coming off a bye week in which Favre is questioned about his arm strength, he answers right on cue at Denver. Early in the game, he hits rookie James Jones down the right sideline for a 79-yard touchdown against cornerback Champ Bailey. Then, on the first play of overtime, he ends a 13-13 deadlock with an 82-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline to Greg Jennings, giving "Monday Night Football" one of its most thrilling finishes ever. The crowd is stunned and amazed as the Packers' sideline erupts in jubilation.
4. Dec. 24, 2004 – "Favre Delivers on Christmas Eve" (PackerReport.com)
With the NFC North title on the line at a place where the Packers and Favre have historically struggled, Favre completes 30-of-43 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns. The Packers beat the Vikings 34-31 for the second time of the season and clinch their third straight division title. Favre improves his Metrodome record to 4-9 with his most impressive performance in Minnesota.
3. Oct. 14, 2001 – "Air Attack Downs Champs" (Packer Report)
Favre was red hot vs. the Ravens.
2. Oct. 5, 2009 – "No. 4 Still No. 1: Favre Dismantles Ex-Team" (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Just five days shy of his 40th birthday, Favre again proves his doubters wrong. Playing for the Vikings in his first game against the Packers, he completes the nightmare for Packers fans with a near-perfect performance, completing 24-of-31 for 271 yards and three touchdowns. Favre later said he was as nervous as he had ever been before a game, but it never showed after kickoff. The Vikings' 30-23 victory at the Metrodome on "Monday Night Football" is the most-watched telecast in cable television history.
1. Dec. 22, 2003 – "Angels in the End Zone" (Packer Report)
Favre is embraced by Mike Sherman during an emotional win at Oakland.
Agree? Disagree? Where would you rank Favre's performance on Monday night? Are there other games you would include when he was with the Packers? The Jets? E-mail Matt Tevsh at firstname.lastname@example.org with your opinion.