Favre Versus Rodgers: 2009 Finale?

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Favre Versus Rodgers:  2009 Finale?
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Rogers won the reader voting last week 3 to 1 over Favre as the Packers rolled over the Seahawks.  Through 16 weeks the competition is 9-7, favoring Brett.

 

In Week 17, both teams had already secured playoffs spots.  The Vikings were still trying to secure a first round bye in the playoffs, while the Packers wanted to continue their momentum going into the wild card round.   The Packers traveled to Arizona to meet the Cardinals.  The Vikings hosted the mathematically eliminated NY Giants.

 

Brett Favre 25 of 31 for 316 yards 4 TDs and 0 INTs

 

The Vikings came out passing on their opening drive which ended with Favre completing a 10 yard touchdown pass to his tight end Shiancoe.  On the Vikings next possession, Favre went 2 out 3 again for 41 yards, but the Vikings still punted after 4 plays.  That would be the worst possession for the Vikings until the score was 41-0. 

 

Brett didn’t get pressured much, was extremely accurate, and threw early and often.  The NY Giants didn’t seem to want to tackle, and even when their defense had great position, the Vikings receivers made better plays.  Brett touched the ball for the last time of the day with 6 minutes gone in the 2nd half.  The Vikings won

 

Aaron Rodgers 21 of 26 for 235 yards 1 TD and 0 INTs

 

Before the game, it was known that the Packers and Cardinals would play again next week in the playoffs in Phoenix, Arizona, again.  Coach Mike McCarthy wanted to keep momentum going into the playoffs while the Cardinals rested some of their starters early in the game.

 

Rodgers and the Packers came out in the opening drive hitting on all cylinders.  Aaron went 4 for 5 passing.  Ryan Grant finished the drive with a 1 yard TD run. The Cardinals couldn’t answer that score and fell into a big hole early.  The next Packer’s drive Aaron went 3 for 3 for 82 yards and then had a QB sneak for the rushing touchdown.  That made it 14-0.

 

Rodgers accuracy was excellent again, while his receivers punished the Cardinals secondary.  The Packers never looked back and kept the peddle to the metal going up 33-0 in the third quarter.  Rodgers, like Favre, got to sit out the last quarter.  The Packers won 33-7 to improve to 11-5 on the year.

 

The Pick

 

I give this week to Brett Favre. 

 

Favre completion percentage was over 80% and had a sizzling QB rating of 148.7.  Favre answered the critics by putting up more big numbers as the season closed.  Rodgers, also, completed over 80% of his passes with an excellent 117.1 QB rating. 

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre both played outstanding football in 2009.  Both were voted to the Pro Bowl and lead their teams into the playoffs.  Some people are still sore that Brett Favre is wearing purple instead of Green and Gold.  Others are sore just because he is still playing.  The only thing we have right now is the 2009 statistics to argue back and forth. 

 

Rodgers has proved he can lead the Packers and replace a future hall of famer.  Favre proved to be more than a game manager and made many media analysts eat crow.  I was just happy to get to see him play some more.

 

The playoffs can change a whole year, if your team gets there.  We could be looking at a rematch in 2 or 3 weeks.  If that happens, it will be great, because that means the Packers have advanced and we get to see another classic match up between the Master and the Padewan.  Thanks for reading and voting. 

 

2009 Stats

Rodgers

Rank

Favre

Rank

Wins

11

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12

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Touchdowns

30

4th

33

2nd

Interceptions

7

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7

--

Attempts

541

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531

--

Completions

350

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363

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Comp %

64.7%

 

68.4%

 

Yards

4,434

4th

4,202

9th

Yards/Att

8.2

4th

7.9

8th

QB Rating

103.2

4th

107.2

2nd

Sacks

50

 tie 1st

34

9th

Fumbles/Lost

10 / 4

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2 / 2

 

QB Rushing

316 yds

1st QBs

7 yds

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Brett won this year’s competition (regular season) 10-7 in week by week analysis.  The difference came down to the Vikings sweeping the Packers as Brett threw for 7 touchdowns and no interceptions. 

 

Thanks for reading.

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