It just HAD to be Brett Favre, didn’t it? Gunslingerin’ out another win, despite the laundry list of injuries, the rumored pregame illness, the new head coach, the otherwise unremarkable performance … just about the only appropriate ending this game could’ve had was Favre lumbering for a first down on third-and-8.
But the game was lost minutes earlier, as far as momentum was concerned. When Perry Riley‘s unnecessary (but correctly-flagged) block in the back negated Brandon Banks‘ remarkable punt return touchdown, every bit of air went out of the game. Sometimes there are those opportunities in games that you know you will never, ever get back, and that was one of them. The offense had been stalled all half. The team needed a spark. Their best chance to score was exactly what happened, and when that was wiped out, everything else — from the three-and-out to the defense bending to Favre’s run to the final kneeldowns –seemed like a foregone conclusion.
I’m heading down to the locker room to see if any of the players saw things differently, but even if they did it doesn’t matter to the final score. Vikings 17, Redskins 13, and the Redskins fall below .500 again.
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