Favre Versus Rodgers Year #2 Week 13

Doug DwyerContributor IDecember 8, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 05:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings hugs Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers following the Vikings victory over the Packers on October 5, 2009 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Here it is Week 13 heading into the winter with both the Vikings and Packers looking into the meat of their schedules.  The Vikings travel to the NFC Champion Cardinals while the Packers host the hard hitting Ravens at Lambeau Field.  Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers were both on super hot streaks going into December.  The results are below.


Brett Favre 30 of 45 for 275 yards 2 TDs 2 INTs


Brett had his first pass batted down, then completed five in row including a touchdown to his tight end.  Next possession, Brett went 0 for 2.  The Cardinals defense had Favre confused.  While the Cardinals nearly picked off a couple of passes early in the game, in the third quarter they did it twice.  On third and 10 Favre got picked when he tried to put it in over the middle to Rice.  Then on third and 24, again over the middle, Favre got picked as four defenders boxed in Percy Harvin.  The third quarter was bad as the Cardinals built a


The entire Vikings offense looked flat, as Adrian Peterson could only rush for 19 yards on 13 carries and Favre was sacked three times. The Cardinals lead 21-10 at half time and 27-10 at the end of the third quarter.  The Vikings never got back into the end zone until the game was over with less than two minutes left.  Favre got his 2nd TD on a 31 yard pass over the middle to Percy Harvin.  The Vikings got thumped by the NFC West leader in Arizona 30-17.


Note:  Brett Favre made his 283rd consecutive start, surpassing Jim Marshall for a non-kicker.


Aaron Rodgers 26 of 40 for 263 yards 3 TDs 2 INTs


Aaron Rodgers drove the Packers down the field with the opening drive, but they settled for a field goal.  After Favre finally tied Rodgers in interceptions, Rodgers threw a bomb into safety coverage for an interception.  However, Rodgers came back to throw two touchdowns in the first half to give the Packers a 17-0 first half lead. 


Aaron enjoyed stellar pass protection throughout the night and scramble for time when he felt pressure.  Aaron was sacked once and was the victim of a pass deflecting off Driver’s leg for a second interception of the night in the third quarter.  Suddenly, the Ravens had climbed back into the game at 17-14. 


The Packers defense played a great game getting three interceptions and a fumble recovery from the Ravens.  Besides numerous pass interference penalties, the defense held the Raven to 185 net yard of offense.  Rodgers was excellent in the second half moving the ball and getting a third touchdown pass.  The Packers won going away 27-14.    

The game was ugly with 9 Pass interference penalties to both teams.


The Pick


This week was easy; I give it to Aaron Rodgers.  I was ready to write the summary up when the Packers had a 17-0 halftime lead.  However, the Ravens climbed right back in and made Monday Night interesting.  Aaron had an extra touchdown, an 88 to 79 QB rating, and Rodgers got a win.


This was the first time in quite a while that neither quarterback was flawless.  It was a strange weekend, in that both Brett and Aaron brought in long streaks without interceptions and both coughed up two of them. 


Brett still holds an 8-5 lead in the Favre vs Rodger contest, Year #2.   But, is Brett falling apart in December again?  Over the past four years, Favre only has a QB rating of 66 in December with 12 touchdowns and 25 interceptions.  The opening game of December 2009 had Brett with 2 picks and a 79.4 rating.  Neither quarterback had Decembers to remember last year, but how will they finish in 2009?