The game is on the line, 12 ticks of the clock are left. Brett Favre has been hit repeatedly. You’re at the 32 yard line of the rejuvenated 49ers team. What’s left in Favre’s massive bag of tricks? Just this:

Folks, THAT’S WHY you forget about the football punditry and go get Brett Favre. More than a couple people criticized Brad Childress for going back on his statement that Favre was no longer an option after Favre announced that he was staying retired. Whatever.

Mind you, I’m still not impressed with Childress as an offensive guru. A team with Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and Brett Favre should be averaging 35 ppg. They shouldn’t have to pull out a win with 2 seconds left against an improving 49ers team.

Speaking of AP, the AP’s Dave Campbell wrote that Mike Singletary’s 49ers held Adrian to 85 yards on 19 carries. I don’t disagree that they put together a pretty good effort against AP. Still, I couldn’t quit thinking that there are some pretty elite runners that would consider an 85 yard day a pretty good day against this 49ers defense. In 3 games, AP has 357 yards rushing, a 119 ypg average.

Percy Harvin is quickly becoming a special talent. He returned a kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown, then added 3 catches that produced first downs. It’s clear that Favre really likes having ‘the Harvin option’. As for who’s faster between Harvin and Adrian, I’ll bet the proverbial ranch on young Mr. Harvin. And it ain’t that difficult of a decision.

This post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the intense fight the 49ers put up. That defense is quickly heading to elite status. That said, it’s pretty obvious that the 49ers offense needs some upgrading this offseason. Frank Gore is a legitimate threat running the ball but it’s pretty thin after that.

The Vikings defense deserves some kudos, too. It isn’t every day that a defense prevents a team from converting a single third-down play into a first down but that’s exactly what the Vikings did today. San Fransisco went 0-for-11 on third down. You won’t win alot of games doing that.

Finally, the day belongs to Brett Favre. He got hit too often. His receivers dropped too many passes. After all that, all he did was pull off another late game miracle. Not bad for someone that aged.

UPDATE: Here’s the video of Percy Harvin’s kickoff return for touchdown:

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2 Responses to “THAT’S WHY You Get Brett Favre!!!”

  • eric z. says:

    Cincinnati defeated Pittsburgh the same final drive way – Carston Palmer at quarterback.

    Having an excellent quarterback does not mean you’ll win the entire thing.

    Green Bay had Farve in his prime and won only once. Denver had Elway and it took a running game too, to put them over the hump.

    It sure looked in both games as if the losing team had the better defense; although all four teams had sound defenses.

    Recall the Dennis Green days, all that scoring and out the first post season game against Atlanta.

    In the trenches, San Francisco looked to be dominant on its offensive line, the backup running back gain yardage, and Peterson being stopped showing the SF defensive line dominated.

    This is only three games into the season. Farve will do his job.

    The success will be determined in the trenches; the O-line having to spring Peterson and protect Farve; the D-line having to rush sufficiently so that the Shawn Hills of the league cannot pick apart the secondary.

    Next Monday will be interesting.

  • Walter Hanson says:

    Eric:

    The game against Atlanta wasn’t the first post season game. It was the third week of the playoffs (the second the vikings played because they had a bye).

    It looked like this dominant performance you thought you saw of San Fransico was when they stopped blitzing and gave more coverage in the secondary. When they were blitzing Farve was picking them apart.

    As for the rushing game the most important thing was gap control. On the run Peterson broke all the 49ers had run to the left opening the right for Peterson.

    Furthermore keep in mind one thing like Barry Sanders is that opposing defenses will look dominant and stop Sanders for one and two yards for most carries. And then suddenly Sanders or Peterson will be gone.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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