As one ESPN commentator was saying this a.m., we've all learned to take what Brett Favre says in January with a grain of salt. Favre supposedly told ESPN's Ed Werder after last night's game that it was "highly unlikely" that he would ever play again. Until the summer comes and goes, the next NFL season starts...and finishes...you never know with Mr. Favre. Sure can't take retirement press conferences as anything final, can we? Although Favre said in his post-game press conference that he wouldn't make the team wait several months for his decision...you know, not like he did with the Packers for about the last 4 or 5 years of his tenure.
Apparently, Minnesota fans are so desperate to get to and win a Super Bowl that they are ready to forgive Favre's foibles and welcome him back next season. In a poll in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, when asked "Do you want Favre to come back next season?", 69% of nearly 31,000 people voting said "Yes." Okaaaaay.
Favre has a year left on the two-year, $25 million contract he signed with the 'Queens in mid-August.
One sportscaster offered up the stat last evening that, if this was Favre's last game with the ViQueens, that his last passes as a Falcon, as a Packer, as a Jet, and as a ViQueen were interceptions...with 2 of them his final throws in NFC Championship games. He won't be remembered for that, at least not totally. But it does make some great barroom trivia, doesn't it?
Oh, and one more set of stats from both of yesterday's games: the quarterback ratings:
- Manning, 123.6
- Breese, 106.5
- Sanchez, 93.3
- Favre, 70.0.
By the way, Brett's rating for the NFC Championship game two years ago was...70.7.