Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/8/13
The stadium lights flicked on and the crowd cheering grew with excitement and anticipation.The football sat in the kicking tee on the 35-yard line. The ball was kicked, and the 2010 NFC Championship game began, the hours to follow would be filled drama, excitement, and disappointment.It was the fourth quarter and only 19 seconds were left in regulation. Brett Favre made his way behind the center while Drew Brees stood on the sideline. The Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints were tied at 28 points each. This was the make it or break it moment for Favre and his Vikings.The disaster began when the Vikings decided to not pay attention to how many players they truly had on the field and before they could get off a timeout they were flagged for having the twelfth man. Now their 3rd-and-10 became a 3rd-and-15 and the crowd went crazy, could this last minute fiasco get any worse for the Vikings?The Vikings regrouped and then got back into position, ready to win the game. The ball was hiked and Favre dropped back, taking a scan of the field for his target as he did so. He pumped a fake and took off to his right, sprinting up the field back towards the scrimmage line. He then throws the ball down field to what looks like an open receiver. Tracy Porter jumped the receiver at the 22-yard line and sprinted his way back down the field.Porter was brought down at the 47-yard line with seven seconds left in the game. From there, the rest is history; Favre did to the Vikings what he did to the Green Bay Packers three years before. He threw a game-losing interception. Sadly he wasn’t playing for Green Bay at this time but at 40 years old he played one of the best seasons of his Hall of Fame career. He led the Vikings to a 12-4 record and threw for 4,200 yards, 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions during that season.That’s when, according to backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels, Favre fessed up."I choked," Favre said.According to Rosenfels, this is what happened next:"I paused for a second and said, 'Brett, you are the most amazing football player I've ever seen. It has been an unreal experience to watch you play this year.' I can't really describe the look he gave me, but I can tell those words meant something to him."
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