Packers outslug Vikings
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Some Green Bay Packers fans still can't bear the sight of former quarterback Brett Favre in a Minnesota Vikings uniform. It probably hurt a little bit less after the Packers finally sent him home with a loss.
Favre threw three second-half interceptions to his former team and the Packers held on to beat the Vikings 28-24 on Sunday night.
Favre appeared to deliver another signature comeback win with an apparent touchdown strike to Percy Harvin with 48 seconds left -- but the play was ruled incomplete on a replay review. With one more chance on fourth-and-15 at the 20, Favre threw incomplete out of bounds.
Green Bay (4-3) turned a pair of Favre's third-quarter interceptions into touchdowns that erased the Vikings' halftime lead, including a 32-yard return for a touchdown by Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop. It was the ninth interception that was returned for a touchdown in the league on Sunday.
Aaron Rodgers was 21 of 34 for 295 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
"It's huge," Rodgers said. "It's a great night. The crowd was electric, we needed this win. It's a long season, but we had to have this one."
Rodgers threw a pair of first-half interceptions deep in Vikings territory -- uncharacteristic mistakes for a quarterback known for good decision-making in the red zone.
Adrian Peterson rushed for 131 yards for the Vikings (2-4).
Fans booed Favre again in his second return to Lambeau Field as a Viking. But unlike last season, when Favre beat his former team twice, Favre committed costly mistakes and the Packers made the most of it.
With the Packers leading by four late in the fourth quarter, the Vikings relied heavily on Peterson and the running game on their final drive.
Facing fourth-and-5 at the Green Bay 48 with 1:51 left, Favre found Randy Moss for a 13-yard gain and a first down.
Then the Packers finally sacked Favre, with Jarius Wynn hitting Favre for a 6-yard loss.
Favre hit Peterson on a screen pass for 26 yards, giving the Vikings a first down at the Packers 15.
The Vikings were called for a false start and a facemask penalty, but Favre then appeared to throw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Harvin and the Vikings began celebrating wildly -- but the play was reviewed, and officials ruled Harvin's second foot was out of bounds.
Favre then was pressured on the Vikings' last two chances, and Favre's throws were incomplete.