In other words, will quarterback Brett Favre decide to return for a 20th NFL season during which he will turn 41 years old? Favre was noncommittal after the loss at the Superdome and in all honesty it would have made little sense for him to attempt to make any decisions right then and there.
Favre was not sacked in the 31-28 loss, but he was beat up on a regular basis by New Orleans and suffered what appeared to be a sprained left ankle in the third quarter. Favre, who had a career-low seven interceptions during the regular season but was picked twice by New Orleans, continued to play.
Favre was asked if he would take a few months to make up his mind but said that won't be the case. "I would not say months," Favre said. "But I know people will roll their eyes. In a situation like this really I don't want to make a decision right now based solely on what's happened.
"I do know the year could not have gone any better aside from us not going to Miami (for the Super Bowl). I really enjoyed the guys. I wonder if I can hold up, especially after a day like (Sunday) physically and mentally. That was pretty draining. I am going to go home in a couple of days and talk it over with the family."
Favre said many times over the course of this season that the only reason he returned and ended his second consecutive attempt at retirement was to get to the Super Bowl. But it is clear Favre does not feel he has to prove anything to anyone.
"I'd love to win the Super Bowl, who wouldn't?" Favre said. "I can't print anything for you guys but I'm going out on top one way or the other. I didn't think I had anything to prove coming in, but if there were doubters out there maybe I sold notice to them. My goal was to get to Miami and obviously that is not going to happen. But if it is (my last game) no doubt I'm on top."
Favre told ESPN that is was unlikely he would return, but Favre is notorious for changing his mind as the NFL season gets closer.
"I didn't think the crowd noise was all that much of a factor," McKinnie said. "But you can't turn the ball over like we did (five times). Our guys fought hard and that's something you can be proud of."