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Favre "Sticks It" To Packers, Thompson

Brett longwell

If Brett Favre was bothered by the chorus of boos raining down from the Lambeau Field bleachers as he took the field Sunday, he didn't let it show.

For the second time this year, Favre carved up the Green Bay secondary and got his long sought-after revenge on General Manager Ted Thompson and the Packers. Once again, Favre was at his best facing adversity and a hostile environment. He threw four touchdown passes and recorded a 128.6 passer rating. To rub salt on the wounds of Packer fans, he became the all-time leader in passing yards at a single stadium. As a member of the Vikings.

Instead it was the Packers who came out flat, giving up four sacks in the first half alone. The Packer special teams unit was pitiful, giving up long kickoff returns to Vikings receiver Percy Harvin on several occasions. Harvin averaged 35 yards on five returns.

For the Packers, it was the same story, different game. Penalties, sacks and woeful special teams contributed to give the Packers their third loss in seven tries.

The Vikings (7-1) now take a commanding lead on the NFC North as the Packers fell to two-and-a-half games back, a near insurmountable deficit given the way the Vikings are playing.

If revenge was what Favre wanted, he sure got it. He stuck it to Thompson for dumping him a year ago. He stuck it to fans for booing his every move. He stuck it to every so-called expert who said he was just too old to be effective.

As the final seconds ticked off the clock, kicker Ryan Longwell said Favre was emotional on the sideline and had tears in his eyes. We can only imagine what was going through his mind.

"Packer fans cheer for the Packers first," Favre said. "I know that. But I hope that everyone in the stadium watching tonight said, 'I sure hate that the jokers on the other side, but he does play the way he's always played.' "

“And I think that’s what people have admired about me throughout my career. That’s all I can do. What I’ve done here speaks for itself. That was awesome, and it will never change.”

It may never change. But given the way things have unfolded in the last year, it will never be the same either. Because the fact that Favre will finish his legendary career as a member of the rival Vikings will never change either.

Time heals all wounds and someday Favre will be welcomed back into Lambeau to a thunderous ovation as his number four is retired, but the images of him wearing purple will never go away.

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