NFC North: Cris Dishman
September, 30, 2009
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
And on Wednesday, they rested -- at least from their media obligations. Minnesota players had Wednesday off, and their counterparts in Green Bay are going through a half-day of meetings in preparation for the Oct. 5 showdown at the Metrodome.
The breather gives us a chance to consider some of the bigger issues and larger implications of Favre-Packers I. ESPN’s Jeffri Chadiha, for example, looked at what happens when longtime stars relocate to new cities. David Fleming of ESPN the Magazine broke down all 43 of Brett Favre’s fourth-quarter comebacks, finding a few holes in the statistical compilation.
As a grunt blogger, I started making a chart that I’ll invite you to complete. The major allure of this game is seeing Favre play against his former team. So before that takes place, let’s take a moment to remember Favre’s top performances against his current one. I’ll list three Favre versus the Vikings' games that come to mind, and you’re welcome to add your thoughts to the comments below. I’ll complete the chart, with your help, by the end of the week.
Let’s get to it.
1. The Antonio Freeman play
Date: Nov. 6, 2000
What happened: Favre tossed a 43-yard touchdown to Freeman in overtime during a driving rain at Lambeau Field. The ball bounced off Vikings cornerback Cris Dishman and into the hands of Freeman, who had slipped and was lying on his stomach when the ball arrived. Freeman jumped up, dashed into the end zone for a 26-20 victory. This play is more about Freeman than Favre, but it’s the first play that popped in my head when I thought about Favre and the Vikings.
2. The Christmas (Eve) Miracle
Date: Dec. 24, 2004
What happened: In a Week 16 matchup to decide the NFC North, Favre brought the Packers back from a seven-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter. Included in that span was a fourth-down touchdown pass to receiver Donald Driver and a 2-minute drill that concluded with Ryan Longwell’s 29-yard field goal on the last play of a 34-31 victory. Favre completed 30 of 43 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns in the game.
3. ”Yesterday’s news”
Date: Sept. 26, 1999
What happened: With 12 seconds remaining, Favre threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Corey Bradford to lift the Packers to a 23-20 victory. The play came on fourth down. After the game, then-Vikings coach Dennis Green ordered his players to move on quickly from the disappointment. Then, in a news conference minutes later, Green famously refused to discuss the play because he considered it “yesterday’s news.”