Sunday, November 1, 2009
A good throw even when it isn't
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- This is the kind of day it is for Minnesota, Green Bay and Brett Favre: Even when Favre makes one of his trademark “Why-did-you-do-that?” throws, it works out well for the Vikings.
Favre targeted receiver Percy Harvin when three Packers defenders -- Charles Woodson, Atari Bigby and Nick Collins -- were around him. The throw was also behind Harvin, but he made a spectacular catch at the Packers’ 21-yard line, reversed field as all three Packers players collided, and turned the play into a 51-yard scoring strike.
Some football people might suggest Favre intentionally threw a “back-shoulder” pass to Harvin, where no defender could reach the ball. Regardless, Harvin still had to make an exceptional catch and play to make Favre look good.
The good news for the Packers is that they have plenty of time to catch up. The bad news is they’ve shown little ability to do so Sunday, and they have tried unsuccessfully to run on two of their first three plays after falling behind 24-3.