Down by two this past Monday night with a little over a minute left, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre had a chance to lead his team to a last minute win over the New York Jets. What ended up happening was an interception that was returned for a touchdown, sealing the Jets win. With that fresh in our minds, lets look back at five other times that the most intercepted man in NFL history has a meltdown of historic proportions.
2008 Season, Week 17 Vs. Miami Dolphins:
After finishing the 2007 season second in the MVP voting with a Pro Bowl appearance, Favre decided to take his talents somewhere other than Green Bay. While his desired destination was Packers rival Minnesota Vikings, the Pack decided to trade him out of conference to the New York Jets.
Favre ended up only staying one season with the Jets, an up and down affair that saw them finish 9-7 and just outside the playoff picture. New York would drop 4 of their last 5 games after starting 8-3, the most crucial one the season finale that saw Favre toss 2 crucial interceptions; one in the second quarter that was returned for a touchdown and another in his final pass as a Jet.
2001 Season, Divisional Playoffs Vs. St. Louis :
The 2001 Packers season saw Green Bay finish 12-4 and second in their division behind the Chicago Bears. After winning their Wild Card Match-up, the Pack moved on to the Divisional round where they faced the St. Louis Rams. What happened in this game would go down as one of the worst playoff performances ever for a quarterback as Favre tossed 6 picks in the Rams 45-17 spanking of Green Bay. Three of the six picks were returned for touchdowns
2004 Season, NFL Wild Card Playoffs Vs. Minnesota Vikings:
After starting their season 1-4, the Packers rebounded to finish the year 10-6, good for first in the Division. They would welcome the Minnesota Vikings to town in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs. The Pack would end up losing a close game 31-24, thanks mainly to a four interception performance, the most ever by Favre in a home playoff game.
2009 Season, NFC Championship Vs. New Orleans Saints:
The Minnesota Vikings convinced the retired Brett Favre to come to Minnesota for the 2009 season where he had one of his best seasons ever, leading the Vikings to a 12-4 record and a NFC Championship game match-up against the New Orleans Saints. In that game that ended with an overtime loss, the Vikings had a chance to win the game in regulation. With the game winding down, Favre had led the Vikes to just outside field goal range. On a crucial play, Farve was forced out of the pocket where he was faced with three choices; throw the ball away, run and put Minnesota into field goal range, or throw an off-balanced, across the body, throw to Sidney Rice. He chose the last that was intercepted, sending the game into overtime.
2007 Season, NFC Championship Vs. New York Giants:
In what would be Brett Favre’s last season with the Green Bay Packers, Favre was vintage in leading the Pack to an impressive 13-3 record. The record was good for first in the Division and a first week playoff bye. They would win their Divisional game, advancing to the NFC Championship game to face the New York Giants and the Chance to face the undefeated New England Patriots in the SuperBowl.
It was a frigid day at Lambeau field where temperatures would be consistently in the negatives. The game itself was an epic affair that saw both teams deadlocked at 20 apiece after 60 minutes. Green Bay would win the coin toss and elect to receive. With a chance to win the game and advance to the SuperBowl, Favre threw a crucial interception to Giants defensive back Corey Webster, leaving the Giants in field goal range. New York would kick the field goal for the win and would eventually beat the Patriots for the SuperBowl win. That interception was the last pass Favre would throw as a Green Bay Packer.