Whether your a Viking fan or a Packer fan, when Brett Favre ran out from under the tunnel and entered the Metrodome in a purple jersey instead of a green jersey, I bet your heart sank. I even bet your palms began to sweat a little bit.
Look, Favre is without a doubt a prime example of a procrastinator. He waited until the last minute to decide if still wants to play or not. And at the same time, probably drove his wife, Deanna crazy. I mean, if you loved the game as much as he does, you probably procrastinate too.
But I know this, after seeing him throw for over 271 yards and three touchdowns on the verge of turning 40-years-old against his former team, he is definitely back. If you don't believe me, here's a couple key stats that should convince you.
When the second half started, his quarterback rating was 20 points below his career-high of 153. He is the only quarterback in history to throw for a least two touchdowns in 10 straight seasons at the Metrodome, a place where he used to struggle as a Packer. And let's not forget, he completed 12 out of 17 passes in the first half with the same tremendous accuracy and power when he was a Packer.
You think he still feels like he has something left in the tank? Absolutely, he does. He may not call it revenge, but a 30-23 victory on Monday night is sweet no matter how you cut it.
However, the game wasn't entirely focused on Brett. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers showed up to play against his former teammate. He threw for three touchdowns and got the team within a possession score late in the fourth quarter. Rodgers went 26 for 37 for 384 yards, which was a career-high at the Metrodome.
The Vikings defense line was all over Rodgers though. Jared Allen and company sacked Rodgers eight times. Allen was credited with four-and-a-half of them.
That was the difference in the game. Favre got the protection and Rodgers didn't. Favre took advantage of the opportunities, Rodgers didn't. But Rodgers proved he is one hell of a quarterback and the Packer front office should be proud of their decision of making him the franchise quarterback.
But ultimately, all eyes were focused on Brett tonight. And rightfully so.