So this is how we're to remember Brett Favre: limping off the field, a half-hearted smile and lukewarm greetings for all the Saints players he encountered on his way out the door. Always the great sport, he tried to convince everyone, probably starting with himself, that it was the bum ankle that hurt more than the loss. And maybe this was his last game, but who knows. But this was it, the redemption he had been seeking after leaving Green Bay. It was all set up for him in Minnesota, with a team that had Super Bowl talent everywhere but behind center. Destiny.
On a day where Favre passed Joe Montana for most completions in the playoffs, it was a completion to Terry Porter (of the opposing New Orleans Saints) that will be most remembered. It will be the crown jewel for those that argue that he was just too much of a gambler, too much of a gun-slinger, to be trusted in leading a team to the promised land. It will be the trump card to keeping him down on the list of all-time greats at his position. On a day when no one could keep possession of the ball and when some kid who has yet to own a razor was the hero, we will remember the goat.
It seems fitting that we last see Brett on a play where if had not even thrown a pass in the first place, on a play where he was trying to do something that you teach quarterbacks not to do from day one, on a play where throwing it away or scrambling for a few yards would be the correct decision. But that's not Favre. He will always be the guy who was loved by the fans, revered by the players and questioned by the critics. He is the guy with the most TDs and the most INTs in a career. The guy with the most completions and INTs in the playoffs. Love 'em or hate 'em.
And on the night where he limps off into the sunset, maybe for the last time and maybe not, just remember this: the Saints won and the Vikings lost. Harvin and Bush and Peterson all made bad plays. And Minnesota never would have been there without Favre. And without Favre, they might be headed to Miami.
But hey, that's just how it is with Favre.