Packers hope ‘Bad Brett’ resurfaces Sunday
Now comes Woodson’s next big chance at an interception off former teammate
“I thought I had one,” Woodson said. “So we’ll take another shot at it on Sunday.”
But going into Sunday’s mega-matchup between the
The formula that made Favre the NFL’s career interceptions leader was simple. He’d regularly throw into coverage, then shrug his shoulders and say he was just trying to make a play. But seven games into his tenure with the
OK, gray-haired guy with the purple helmet: Who are you, and what have you done with the ol’ gunslinger?
“All the pressure isn’t on his back,”
Surrounded by star running back
Still, it’s not clear whether “Bad Brett” is on permanent vacation or just a temporary hiatus. And Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field will be a significant test of his newfound discipline.
Favre will have to handle an improving
Favre said there’s no secret to channeling emotional energy into productive play.
“I wish I had a secret, because in all big games I would have played that way,” Favre said. “We’re all human and we make mistakes or make plays sometimes. At least for me, I look back and say, ‘Wow. I don’t know how I did that.’ Or I look back and say, ‘If you had just held it a little bit longer for this or that.’ To me, being able to focus, being relaxed, kind of seeing things clearly as they’re happening, is a much better and more productive way to play.”
“This is the National Football League. Everybody makes mistakes,”
Green Bay held
And if Favre’s emotions were revving against his former team, his controlled play didn’t show it.
Favre is perhaps the NFL’s most emotion-driven player, but that hasn’t always been to his benefit.
While everybody remembers him throwing four touchdowns against Oakland the day after his father died in 2003, they sometimes forget he threw four interceptions in a loss to Seattle the first time he faced former coach Mike Holmgren in 1999.
And Favre hasn’t been at his best under playoff pressure of late, going 3-5 with 14 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in the postseason since 2002.
Going into Sunday, Favre is guarding against letting his emotions get the best of him. But he doesn’t want to become a robot, either.
“I don’t want to take that away,” Favre said. “At any point in my career, if I thought that, ‘So what, we’re playing in the Super Bowl, this is a big game, who cares?’ That in itself is a sure sign that it doesn’t mean anything to you. But trying to hold those things in check is a different story.”