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THROWBACK THURSDAY: BRETT FAVRE’S LAST PASS AS A PACKER
Over 16 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, soon-to-be Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre passed for 61,655 yards, 442 touchdowns and guided the team to a world championship in Super Bowl XXXI. Favre holds NFL career records in passing yards (71,838), touchdown passes (508) and pass completions (6,300).
But he also holds the NFL record for most interceptions thrown in a career. And on a frosty night at Lambeau Field in Green Bay in the 2007 NFC Championship game, that’s how Favre’s tenure as a Packer would end.
Tied, 20-20 in overtime, the Giants’ Corey Webster intercepted Favre to set up a 47-yard, game-winning field goal and send the Giants to their fourth Super Bowl in team history.
“”I just didn’t throw it outside enough,” Favre said to the Milwaukee Sentinel. “If I throw it out where I would have liked to. . . . It was a shake route. Donald (Driver) ran it more like an out, which was fine. It just didn’t get out far enough. It’s too bad.”
The interception set the Giants up on the Green Bay 38-yard line. Three plays later, Lawrence Tynes connected on his third field goal of the game to put the Giants up, 23-20, and hand Green Bay it’s third home playoff defeat in team history.
“Everything happens for a reason,” Webster said to the New York Daily News. “It was good to go out there and play against one of the greatest ever. A great receiving corps, too. It was great to make that play. I feel good.”
Webster had been beaten by Driver for a 90-yard touchdown earlier in the game but was determined to bounce back.
“As a DB, we have to have a short-term memory but I wanted to come back and make a play so bad,” Webster said to the New York Daily News. “I just wanted to make a play and the coaches said you will get an opportunity.”
Webster continued, “I got 100 messages on my phone, so everybody will keep reminding me. But I’ve still got to go to work. Our job is not over yet.”
Two weeks later in Super Bowl XLI, the Giants stunned the previously unbeaten New England Patriots, 17-14.
“I think we understand exactly what we need to do and we’re just focused on conquering each and every week. Focusing on the little things that we have to do during practice and really just getting a leg up on our opponent and just having consistent days. Just being consistent, doing the things that we need to do in order to win. I think we’re doing that so far.”-WR Victor Cruz
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