Best of Brett: His Top Triumphs

Seeing Brett Favre dismantle the Packers on Monday night may have been the toughest pill to swallow for the Packers. Was Favre's performance the best of his 19-year NFL career? Better than any of those when he led the Packers? Matt Tevsh puts the game into historical perspective.

Four days later, it still stings. It might until Nov. 1, when the Packers get another shot. What Brett Favre did to the Packers, for the Vikings on Monday night, was a full-blown nightmare come true in front of what seemed like the entire nation.

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.
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Nearly everyone's preseason pick to win the Super Bowl, the Packers open the 1996 season with a resounding 34-3 win at Tampa Bay. Favre, coming off his first MVP, shows his maturity and unquestioned leadership by completing 20-of-27 passes and throwing for four touchdowns. Tight end Keith Jackson catches three TDs.

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.
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Replacing the injured Don Majkowski, the legend of Favre begins. Favre, acquired in the offseason via a trade, plays with reckless abandon in leading the Packers back from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit at Lambeau Field against Cincinnati. A furious final drive (five plays, 92 yards, in just 54 seconds) culminates in a 35-yard touchdown pass to backup wide receiver Kitrick Taylor with 13 seconds left. The Packers win 24-23. Holmgren wins his first game in Green Bay, and Favre makes his first start for the Packers the following week. No other drive in his NFL career proves to be more chaotic or more exciting.

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.
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In a virtuoso performance by Favre, and an even better game plan by Packers offensive coordinator Tom Rossley, the Packers take down the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens and what many consider one of the best defenses of all time. The Packers unveil a spread offensive attack featuring four- and five-wide receiver sets with Favre taking snaps out of the shotgun. The Ravens have no answer. Favre completes 27-of-34 passes for 337 yards. He hits nine different receivers. The Packers win 31-23.

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.
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Favre learns of his father Irvin's death while in Oakland the day before the Packers are set to take on the Raiders. Deciding to play to honor his father, Favre has an almost surreal night on the field. He throws for 399 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-7 victory. All four of his touchdown throws come in the first half, when he completes 15-of-18 passes for 311 yards. Spectacular touchdown catches by tight end Wesley Walls and wide receiver Javon Walker add to the storybook night. "Big Irv" had to be watching in what turned out to be a somber, yet uplifting night for No. 4 and the Packers.

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 matttevsh@hotmail.com with your opinion.


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