Last night’s NFC Championship game did not result in a win for the Green Bay Packers, but they played against a very hungry and well-rounded New York Giants team and made them work for every last point. Given what the Packers have done this past year, the team is poised for greatness in the future, and it has done a fantastic job with Brett Favre at the helm.
With head coach Mike McCarthy and legendary quarterback Brett Favre’s leadership, the Packers went from “the youngest team in the league” to “the youngest team in the playoffs.” When no one gave them a chance early on, they picked up the chips and started winning games. They ended the regular season 13-3 and won the NFC North Division. They made their fourth NFC Championship Game since 1992 (Favre’s first year in Green Bay); only one year after ending the season 8-8; this year’s rally towards the Super Bowl kept the fans buzzing and on their toes right up until the final Giants field goal that ended the NFC Championship Game in overtime.
Like last year, I would prefer to not speculate on whether or not quarterback Brett Favre will retire. I still consider him to be one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. At the end of the January 18 press conference, Favre explains that he takes all of the factors of winning, losing, and the fans’ comments into account into his decision to return or not. He led the team from a horrendous 4-12 season two years ago to a fantastic 13-3 season this year. The Packers definitely learned much from his guidance, and he is surrounded by some amazing talent, both young and veteran. And he has one of the greatest coaches helping the team. Like last year, I support his decision, whatever it may be. He is my favorite all-time player, and I hope he feels that he will accomplish what he seeks to do before donning number 4 on the gridiron one last time.