The hype leading into last night’s Vikings-Packers game was undeniable. Vikings QB Brett Favre even said during his post-game press conference that he altered his pregame routine because he knew it would be a “zoo” on the field.
But being an 18-year veteran and holding all significant passing records, there’s not a chance that Favre was nervous, right?
“The only thing I can say is I was about as nervous as I’ve ever been before a game, going into this one,” Favre said. “I didn’t think I would be.”
Favre said that as the work week progressed he wasn’t nervous but that when he arrived at the team hotel on Sunday, the gravity of the situation hit him.
“Monday Night games, any game is important, but I just know coming over here all those years, what it was like,” Favre explained. “I wanted to play as well as the few times I’ve played well over here. I wanted to do the same thing on the opposite side for obvious reasons, to go 4-0, regardless of what people think.”
Mission accomplished for Favre, who was 24 of 31 on the night for 271 yards 3 TDs and 0 INTs, which equates to a 135.3 passer rating and, more importantly, the Vikings 4th win in as many games. Favre produced his 12th three-TD game on Monday Night Football, becoming the all-time leader in that category (Dan Marino had 11).
So did the nerves actually help him play well, by perhaps narrowing his focus on the game rather than the buildup around it?
“It would appear that way,” the QB said, “but I felt like for anyone, you play better, you make better decisions not being nervous. I guess I’m wrong, but as much as I thought it today, I couldn’t get over it.”
In what I thought was perhaps his most interesting statement of the evening, Favre compared Monday night’s game to the feeling he had when he played for the Packers against the Raiders on Monday Night Football the day after his father passed away in 2003. In that game, Favre passed for 399 yards and had 4 TD passes in the first half to lead Green Bay to a 41–7 victory.
“And similar but yet different, I felt a lot like I did when my dad passed away,” Favre said. “But both games I played well, so maybe that’s (being nervous) a good thing.”
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