The atmosphere inside Mall of America Field at the HHH Metrodome last night was electric from about 30 minutes prior to kickoff all the way through the end of the game. The buildup and hype kept building leading up to kickoff and the game remained close until the end, which kept the crowd loud and involved.
It appeared most of the crowd was standing for literally the whole game, and there were numerous times when the crowd noise was deafening as the Packers offense was at work. It all created an appropriate atmosphere considering the circumstances surrounding this game – a Monday night game between rivals Minnesota and Green Bay with the Vikings undefeated and QB Brett Favre under center.
It was an atmosphere that CB Antoine Winfield compared to the playoffs and it was one that caused Favre to mention it during his post-game press conference.
“Our fans were awesome tonight; I’m telling you, that place was rocking the whole night,” Favre said. “And I know what it’s like to be on the other side. It’s pretty tough.”
Monday night’s thrilling conclusion will only help build the hype that will surround the next Vikings-Packers game, which will be played at Lambeau Field on Sunday, November 1. That game will allow Favre to come full-circle in the Vikings-Packers rivalry. After that game, Favre will have been on the home team and visiting team at both Mall of America Field/Metrodome and Lambeau Field.
Favre’s experience in Green Bay and in this rivalry lead him to realize that the atmosphere the teams enjoyed on Monday night in Minneapolis will be matched by fans in Green Bay on the 1st day of November.
“I’ve been able to see the good Lambeau and the good and the bad here,” Favre said. “It was awesome here tonight. That was a great environment tonight and it will be in several weeks (when the teams play at Lambeau).”
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