Packers pick their spots
Three Favre INTs aid Green Bay win
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Some Green Bay Packers fans still can’t bear the sight of former quarterback Brett Favre in a Minnesota Vikings uniform. It probably hurt a little bit less after the Packers finally sent him home with a loss.
Favre threw three second-half interceptions to his former team and the Packers held on to beat the Vikings, 28-24, last night.
Favre appeared to deliver another signature comeback win with an apparent touchdown strike to Percy Harvin with 48 seconds left, but the play was ruled incomplete on a replay review. With one final chance on fourth and 15 at the 20, Favre threw high on a pass to Randy Moss in the back of the end zone.
Green Bay (4-3) turned a pair of third-quarter interceptions by Favre into touchdowns, erasing the Vikings’ halftime lead, including a 32-yard return for a score by Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop.
Aaron Rodgers was 21 of 34 for 295 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
“It’s huge,’’ Rodgers said. “It’s a great night. The crowd was electric, we needed this win. It’s a long season, but we had to have this one.’’
Rodgers threw a pair of first-half interceptions deep in Vikings territory — uncharacteristic mistakes for a quarterback known for good decision-making in the red zone.
Adrian Peterson rushed for 131 yards for the Vikings (2-4).
Fans booed Favre again in his second return to Lambeau Field as a Viking. But unlike last season, when Favre beat his former team twice, Favre committed costly mistakes and the Packers made the most of it.
With the Packers leading by 4 late in the fourth quarter, the Vikings relied heavily on Peterson and the running game on their final drive.
Facing fourth and 5 at the Green Bay 48 with 1:51 left, Favre found Moss for a 13-yard gain. Then the Packers finally sacked Favre, with Jarius Wynn dropping the quarterback for a 6-yard loss.
Favre hit Peterson on a screen pass for 26 yards, giving the Vikings a first down at the Packers’ 15.
The Vikings were called for a false start and a facemask penalty, but Favre then appeared to throw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Harvin and the Vikings began celebrating wildly. But the play was reviewed, and officials ruled Harvin’s second foot was out of bounds.
Favre then was pressured on the Vikings’ last two chances, and his throws were incomplete.
On Minnesota’s first possession after halftime, Favre’s lower left leg was wrapped up by Brad Jones and his throw sailed behind Bernard Berrian to A.J. Hawk for his first interception.
The next possession was worse. Favre, trying to evade pressure, was hit squarely by C.J. Wilson and Bishop returned the interception 32 yards to give Green Bay a 28-17 lead.