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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Favre: 'Boys are team to beat in playoffs

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

IRVING, Texas -- I've sat in on hundreds of conference calls over the years, so I'm used to coaches and players being in a hurry to finish. Brett Favre has always been one of the exceptions. He holds the Valley Ranch all-time record with a 28-minute conference call that was spurred on by his devotion to ESPN's Ed Werder. On Wednesday, Favre finally had to be cut off by a Vikings P.R. staffer after 19 minutes.

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Among other things, he talked about his future, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware and the Vikings' struggles in December. Unlike head coach Brad Childress, Favre didn't mind addressing the state of the team.

"Well, I hope we can [overcome it]," Favre said. "From the outside looking in, if you had to look at both teams, us and the Cowboys, you’d go, OK, aside from the fact that the Cowboys are playing at the Vikings, who is the hottest team right now? Well, I mean, no duh. The Cowboys are. In all phases, they are playing great. Their defense is playing outstanding. They are peaking at the right time, if you will.

"The last game for us was a good game, fortunately. I was asked the question after that game, 'Does this make you feel better?' It definitely beats the alternative. It did give us a little confidence. We do, or will have to play like we did in that game, or like we had played throughout the season up until those last few games. We have to play that way in order to win this game.

"I mean, this is the playoffs. Rarely can you play badly or average and win. So, we are aware of how we need to play. In the fact that we are playing maybe, in my opinion, the hottest team in football right now. Just from a confidence level, from just watching them play, they are making plays, they know they are making plays, they are confident. ...

"You can see it, you can feel it. They just had that air about them that they couldn’t be beaten. So Dallas is playing like that right now. They are feeling it. We needed a game like that [blowout over the Giants]. Would we have loved to have won those other games and go in without a care in the world? Sure. But it was a wake-up call and hopefully we answered."

It sounds like Favre has a bright future in a TV studio when he retires -- eight or nine years from now. The good news for Cowboys fans is that Favre compared Dallas to the '07 Giants. He thinks they're "peaking" at the right time and they remind him of the team that beat his Packers in the NFC title game.

I asked Favre if he thought about the fact that this could be the final playoff game (or games) of his career and he had a quick response.

"I'm well aware of the opportunity [to win in the playoffs]," said Favre. "It's why I came back. To be sitting here playing in this game ... I'm not surprised. I have no idea what will happen Sunday. This very well could be my last opportunity in the playoffs, whether I play five more years or not."

So there you have it. Favre's leaving the door open to play until he's at least 45!