Brett Favre Tosses Game-Winning Touchdown for Vikings
Not for his name or the blocks he can throw downfield during a random pass play. It wasn't for his grit or his scruff or his record number of starts. The Vikings picked up Brett Favre because, unlike anyone they've had in five years, he can make plays with arms.
On a Sunday in the Metrodome, Favre did just that, scrambling around as the clock ticked away, down by four to a scrappy 49ers team that was looking to go 3-0 for the first time since 1998, and tossed one of those cannon throws towards the end zone, where Greg Lewis made the catch of the year so far in the NFL -- a snag that moved the Vikings to 3-0, and commenced the gushing over No. 4.
"It's hard to even recall all of 'em. This one was pretty special," Favre said.
Without that pass, it would have been a mediocre effort by the Vikings, at best. Adrian Peterson couldn't get anything going on the ground, rushing for just 85 yards and failing to find the end zone. The tough Minnesota defense let 49ers quarterback Shaun Hill pick them apart most of the afternoon, even after star running back Frank Gore went down following just one rush.
"I've had some hard losses. This is just another one for the list," 49ers cornerback Nate Clements said. "We just have to keep chopping away."
The player of the game before the Favre pass was probably Vernon Davis, who had two touchdowns and 96 yards receiving for the 49ers. All that was erased when the Vikings got the ball back with 89 seconds left in the game, down 24-20. On that drive alone, Favre had six of his 24 completions, including the 32-yard game winner to Lewis, who had zero catches up to that point.
Now, the praise will start for Favre and the Vikings. No matter your take on Brett, you have to believe that those type of plays wouldn't have happened if Minnesota didn't pick him up in the offseason. He directed the offense down the field, and placed that ball in a position that only Lewis could have caught it.
If you didn't see the catch, video is below. There are probably a lot of words that you couldn't use to describe Mr. Favre (stable being one of them), but the man is exciting, and Sunday at the Metrodome was a perfect example.