Turnover: The 10 Worst Interceptions Of Brett Favre's Career
Brett Favre has thrown his fair share of ill-timed interceptions over the years. He currently has more interceptions than any player to ever play the game, 321 and counting to be exact. Since the Vikings are 0-2 and Favre has thrown 4 interceptions in their first two outings, I thought it was the perfect time to countdown his worst interceptions over his twenty year career.
Hate to quick a guy when he’s down but here are Brett Favre’s 10 worst interceptions.
10. 2008: Week 17 Vs. Miami Dolphins
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Many people will remember Favre’s last throw as a member of the New York Jets. He threw an interception to Andre Goodman but that wasn’t the worst pick he threw in that game. In the 2nd quarter Favre’s pass was picked off by rookie defensive end Phillip Merling and returned 25 yards for a touchdown. The Dolphins would go on to win the game 24-17.
The loss ended any chance the Jets had to make the playoffs. In the end, it didn’t matter even a win would have left them on the outside looking in (The Patriots would have won the AFC East.)
Still, the season ended on a sour note and the short-lived marriage between the Jets and Favre was over.
9. Super Bowl XXXII Vs. Denver Broncos
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He played a superb game and even outplayed quarterback counterpart John Elway. Yet, on the second Packers possession of the game, Denver defensive back Tyrone Braxton intercepted a pass from Favre at Green Bay's 45-yard line. The Broncos stormed 45 yards downfield and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run by Elway. The score gave the Broncos a 14–7 lead.
The Packers would tie the game on two occasions but never take the lead again. The Broncos would go onto win 31-24.
Take away Favre’s interception which led to a Denver touchdown and who knows how the game unfolds.
8. 2005 NFL Wild Card Playoffs Vs. Minnesota Vikings
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Favre would throw four interceptions in this game, the most ever by him in a home playoff game.
The Vikings jumped out to an early 17-0 lead but the Packers cut the deficit to 17-10 and blocked a Morten Anderson field goal in the 2nd quarter. With a chance to drive down field and even the score, Favre would throw an interception to safety Brian Russell. One play later, Dante Culpepper threw a touchdown pass to Nate Burleson, putting the Vikings up 24-10.
The Packers would once again pull to within seven but lost the game 31-24.
7. 2002 Divisional Playoffs Vs. St. Louis Rams
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This was unquestionably one of the worst post-season performances by a quarterback ever. Favre was intercepted six times by the St. Louis Rams and three were returned for touchdowns.
Rams corner back Aeneas Williams was first returning a Favre interception 29 yards for a touchdown.
On the next Green Bay possession, Rams defensive lineman Grant Wistrom batted a pass from Favre into the arms of linebacker Tommy Polley, who returned the interception 34 yards for another touchdown.
In the fourth quarter with the game well in hand Favre would throw another interception to Williams. Williams would return this interception 32 yards, making him the first player ever to return two interceptions for touchdowns in a playoff game.
Pick any of the three because they were all equally bad. In the best interest of Favre, we’ll count them all as one.
6. 1999 Wild Card Playoffs Vs. San Francisco 49ers
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This was a wild playoff game between two Hall of Fame quarterbacks that went back and forth. Favre and the Packers were ahead 17-10 in the third quarter and at midfield when 49ers linebacker Lee Woodall intercepted a Favre pass. Woodall returned the ball to the Packers 33-yard line. On the next possession, Steve Young would tie the game with a touchdown pass to Greg Clark.
The teams would trade leads but late in the fourth quarter, 49ers quarterback Steve Young would hit Terrell Owens for what would be the game winning touchdown pass. The 49ers won the game 30-27.
5. 2004 NFL Divisional Playoffs Vs. Philadelphia Eagles
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The Packers and Eagles would battle for four quarters but it wasn’t enough. After sixty minutes, the game was tied at 17.
Philadelphia would get the ball first in overtime, but failed to pick up a first down and had to punt after three plays. The Packers would start with the ball on their own 42-yard line. However, safety Brian Dawkins intercepted Favre's one and only pass in overtime and returned it 35 yards. Three plays later David Akers connected on a 31-yard field goal to win the game.
4. 1995 NFC Championship Vs. Dallas Cowboys
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For two straight post-seasons the Dallas Cowboys ended the Green Bay Packers season. The Packers were desperate to change that trend and came very close.
The Packers took a 27-24 lead into the fourth quarter but an Emmitt Smith touchdown put the Cowboys ahead 31-27.
Brett Favre now had an opportunity to win the game and get the monkey off his back. Instead Favre threw an interception to CB Larry Brown. The Cowboys would score on another Emmitt Smith touchdown run that sealed the game.
The Cowboys would win 38-24 and go onto win Super Bowl XXX.
3. 2010 NFC Championship Vs. New Orleans Saints
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The Minnesota Vikings fumbled the game away literally. Despite several turnovers they still had a chance to take the lead late in the third quarter.
Brett Favre and the Vikings started the drive at their own 10 yard line and drove down to the New Orleans 34 yard line. On 2nd down, Favre operating out of the Shotgun threw a pass intended for Sidney Rice but it was intercepted by Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma.
The Vikings were on the edge of kicker Ryan Longwell’s field goal distance and had they avoided a turnover, they might have taken a lead into the fourth quarter and won the game.
2. 2007 NFC Championship Vs. New York Giants
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It was bone chilling cold out (-7 degrees) and players on both teams looked like they wanted to be anywhere but Lambeau Field.
Nonetheless, the NFC Championship was a game for the ages that was tied at 20 after sixty minutes of play.
Green Bay won the toss and got the ball first in overtime. On what would be Favre’s last throw as a Packer, he was intercepted by Giants defensive back Corey Webster. The Giants would move the ball five yards on three plays and Lawrence Tynes would connect on his longest attempt of the game from 47 yards.
The win sent the Giants to the Super Bowl which they would go onto win. It was the second time Favre’s team would lose an NFC title game and watch the team who ended their season win a Super Bowl.
1. NFC Championship Vs. New Orleans Saints
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The Vikings did their best to give this game away and their last possession of the ball game was no different.
Favre marched his team from their own 21 yard line down to the New Orleans 38. With the chance to take a late lead Favre would throw the game away. He made two bad decisions on the same play. First, Favre had a chance to run and at the very least put his team in field goal range. Instead he decided to throw the ball across his body to Sidney Rice and for the second time was picked off, this time by cornerback Tracy Porter, who returned the ball 26 yards.
The game would go into overtime and the Vikings would never see the ball again. Garrett Hartley would hit a 40 yard field goal sending New Orleans to their first Super Bowl.
Favre had to watch as another season with so much promise came to a dissatisfying end. Oh and like the Cowboys and Giants… The Saints would win the Super Bowl as well.