Brett Favre vs. the Packers (Week 8 in 2009)
Brett Favre‘s tenure with the Vikings was short, but not unnoticed. In fact, it still remains to be one of the biggest stories in sports history, and his tenure produced one of the best revenge games, not only in recent Vikings history, but in all of football history.
After a 16-year run with the Packers and false retirements, Green Bay was ready to move on from Favre and go with the younger Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. The Packers traded Favre to the New York Jets in 2008, and after a year in New York, the Hall of Famer signed with the team he wanted to be with since leaving Green Bay – The Minnesota Vikings.
Favre traded his green and yellow for purple and gold, taking the rivalry to new heights. As far as the 2009 season goes, it might have reached a boiling point when Favre showed up at Lambeau Field in a Vikings uniform.
As Farve walked out onto the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, a sea of boos flooded the stadium, and it was time for Favre to get one last laugh at Green Bay and remind the world – he’s still got it.
He did just such, throwing for 244 yards and four touchdowns. Favre went without taking a sack the entire game, which couldn’t have been said for his replacement, Rodgers, who the Vikings sacked six times.
Between Favre’s cannon, and another stellar game from Adrian Peterson, Favre got his revenge, and the Vikings defeated the Packers 38-26 to improve to 7-1 that season.
Unfortunately, after the 2009 NFC Championship, bounty gate whispers, a collapsed Metrodome, and an injury from hitting the frozen ground at TCF Bank Stadium were all that was left in Favre’s tenure with Minnesota.
Regardless, the game serves as one of the best revenge games in the Vikings’ recent history and in the entire existence of football.