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Looking back on Brett Favre's career



Packers_favre_football_wimg Looking back at the incredible career of quarterback Brett Favre:

10 most memorable moments in Favre's career
1. Jan. 26, 1997
Super Bowl XXXI, of course, tops the list. Favre completed 14 of 27 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Packers past the Patriots, 35-21, bringing Green Bay its first title since Super Bowl II in 1968.
2. Dec. 22, 2003
Just one day after his father died, Favre delivered an emotional and inspired performance by throwing for 399 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-7 victory over the Raiders on Monday Night Football.
3. Jan. 20, 2008
With his gunslinging ways, you have to take the good with the bad and, unfortunately, his last pass is one of his most memorable. In subzero temperatures in the NFC Championship Game, Favre threw an interception on his first attempt in overtime to set up the Giants' winning field goal.
4. Jan. 4, 1998
Bucs fans remember this one well. Favre didn't tear up the Bucs defense. He was just 15-of-28 for 198 yards and a touchdown. But it was his playful smackdown with Bucs tackle Warren Sapp that is best remembered in the Packers' 21-7 playoff victory.
5. Sept. 20, 1992
This is where the legend began. Favre came off the bench to replace injured QB Don Majkowski and threw the winning TD with 13 seconds left to lead the Packers to a 24-23 victory against the Bengals.
6. Sept. 30, 2007
Playing his next-door rival, Favre threw two touchdowns at the Metrodome, where he had some of his worst games ever, in a 23-16 victory against the Vikings. But more important, the first TD pass gave him 421 for his career, breaking Dan Marino's all-time record.
7. Nov. 6, 2000
You remember this Monday Night Football classic. Favre threw a 43-yard touchdown to Antonio Freeman, who juggled the ball while lying on the ground, got up and ran untouched past stunned Vikings defenders in a 26-20 Packers overtime victory.
8. Nov. 12, 1995
The game that, probably, best showed Favre's guts and determination. A week earlier, Favre suffered a severe ankle sprain and his status for this game was very much in doubt. Favre not only played, but also threw five touchdowns to lead the Packers past the hated Bears 35-28.
9. Jan. 13, 2002
One of Favre's best postseason performances. He completed 22 of 29 passes for 269 yards, two touchdowns and a 112.6 passer rating to lead the Packers back from a halftime deficit and beat the 49ers 25-15.
10. Dec. 24, 1995
Another game that showed Favre's guts. Despite coughing up blood in a game the Packers needed to win for the division crown, Favre threw the winning touchdown to lead them past a Steelers team that went on to reach the Super Bowl.

Snowjpg Sweet 16
Here's a look at how the Packers did in the 16 years before Favre arrived, and how they did in the 16 years he played in Green Bay.
Winning percentage
Before Favre: .406
With Favre: .629
Division titles
Before Favre: 0
With Favre: 7
10-win seasons
Before Favre: 1
With Favre: 9
Playoff wins
Before Favre: 1
With Favre: 11

Favorite targets
A list of his favorite targets for touchdown passes:
Antonio Freeman 57
Sterling Sharpe 41
Donald Driver 36
Robert Brooks 32
Bubba Franks 29
Bill Schroeder 19
Javon Walker 19
Mark Chmura 16
Dorsey Levens 16
Greg Jennings 14
Ahman Green 14

Ranking by the numbers
NFL touchdown passes

Brett Favre 442
Dan Marino 420
Fran Tarkenton 342
Peyton Manning 306
Passing yards
Brett Favre 61,655
Dan Marino 61,361
John Elway 51,475
Warren Moon 49,325
QB wins by starter
Brett Favre 160
John Elway 148
Dan Marino 147
Fran Tarkenton 125
Brett Favre 288
George Blanda 277
John Hadl 268
Vinny Testaverde 267
More numbers
275: Consecutive games played, including playoffs
160-93: Regular-season record
12-10: Playoff record
11: Playoff appearances
2: Super Bowl appearances
1: Super Bowl win

Favre2 Where does Favre rank?
Times staff writer Tom Jones ranks the top 10 quarterbacks in NFL history.
1. Johnny Unitas: Redefined how the position is played and won three NFL championships.
2. Joe Montana: Perfect 4-0 in the Super Bowl and a three-time Super Bowl MVP.
3. Tom Brady: Already 3-1 in Super Bowls and likely to get to at least a couple of more.
4. John Elway: Arm strength, running ability, poise in the clutch - maybe the most complete package ever.
5. Peyton Manning: Well on his way to setting most statistical records.
6. Terry Bradshaw: Not overwhelming numbers, but he was 4-0 in the Super Bowl, including two Super Bowl MVPs.
7. Dan Marino: Yes, he never won a Super Bowl, but he had incredible numbers in a short span with a weak supporting cast.
8. Brett Favre: By far, the most entertaining and charismatic quarterback to ever play the game so well.
9. Roger Staubach: Reached four Super Bowls, winning twice, including an MVP performance.
10. Otto Graham: His teams won an astounding eight titles, and he compiled a 105-17-4 record with the Browns.

(Photos: AP, Getty Images)

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