Top 5 Bright Spots of 2010: #1

Posted Jan 7, 2011

Coming in at #1 in the Top 5 bright spots of the 2010 season is the legacy of Vikings QB Brett Favre.

The Vikings 2010 season fell well short of their Super Bowl aspirations and Favre may have ended his career bruised, battered and left watching from the sidelines. But no matter how you look at it, Favre gave Vikings fans everything he had and showed an undeniable passion and love for the game.

Favre’s production in terms of a statistical standpoint would not be considered a bright spot of the 2010 season, but rather his legacy and the memories he provided to Vikings fans as well as football fans across the country were indeed a bright spot. The miraculous playoff run in 2009 showed everyone that the old gunslinger still had what it takes to win in the NFL, and his 2010 campaign offered many flashes of greatness that we became accustom to over his 20-year career.

The Vikings started the season 1-2 and were faced with a road game against the NY Jets following their bye week. Although Favre started the game completing a dismal 3 of 7 passes for 31 yards, he came out in the 2nd half with a new approach and nearly conducted another one of his famous come-from-behind victories. In the 2nd half, Favre completed 11 of 27 passes for 233 yards and 3 TDs. Favre connected with WR Randy Moss in the 3rd quarter for his 500th-career TD pass and also surpassed the 70,000 passing yard mark.

Favre may have not been able to get the job done against the Jets, but another comeback opportunity presented itself during the Week 9 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals at Mall of America Field. With 4:39 remaining in the game, the crowd was silent after a turnover-filled performance and the Vikings were on the brink of falling to 2-6 with the Cardinals holding a 14-point lead. But with the ball in Favre’s hands, anything is possible and he proved that by orchestrating 3 consecutive scoring drives in the final minutes and OT to beat the Cardinals in dramatic fashion.

The drive that cut the deficit to 7 started on a short field and was over in just 4 plays. After the Vikings defense held the Cardinals to a 3-and-out, Favre and Co. put together the game-tying drive highlighted by a 33-yard dump pass to RB Adrian Peterson and a 25-yard TD strike to TE Visanthe Shiancoe with just :34 remaining, forcing the game into OT.

The Cardinals won the toss but the Vikings defense stymied them once again. Favre got the ball back on the MIN 31 and directed the offense down to the ARI 18, where Vikings K Ryan Longwell punched through the game-winning 35-yard FG. Favre finished the game setting career-highs in passing yards (446) and completions (36) in the thrilling 27-24 OT victory.

After 20 seasons, Favre has completed 6,300 of 10,169 passes for 71,838 yards, 508 TDs and 336 INTs – all of which are NFL records. The future Hall of Famer won Super Bowl XXXI and has 3 MVPs to his name. Although his career didn’t end the way he wanted it to, Favre will always be remembered as a natural leader and fierce competitor. His demeanor hasn’t changed over 20 years and that’s why Favre’s legacy deserves #1 on the Top 5 bright spots of the 2010 season.