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      Brett’s Bad Ankle Beats the Bears

      Before Brett Favre etched his name in the record books with consecutive starts, a pivotal moment in his career unfolded during a home matchup with the Bears in 1995. The stage was set, but Favre’s availability hung in the balance after a sprained ankle suffered in Minnesota the week prior. Adding to the uncertainty, backup Ty Detmer was also nursing an injury.

      In a twist of fate, TJ Rubley took the field but a daring audible backfired, leading to a critical turnover that sealed the Packers’ loss. This misstep marked the end of Rubley’s tenure, as he was released that very week. Enter Bob Gagliano, a seasoned backup quarterback, signed by the Packers to potentially start in Favre’s absence.

      This was a time before everyone had an internet connected phone in their pocket so there was no Jay Glazer to let everyone know that Favre would play against the Bears. I still remember player introductions that day and the place going crazy when Favre was introduced. It would be one of the most remarkable games of his career.

      The Vikings Game

      First, let’s look at the game was injured. It was a game to forget. He went 17-30 for 177 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He was also sacked four times and lost a fumble. He did all that in just under three quarters.

      First Meeting With the Bears

      The Packers played the Bears in week two and won 27-24 in a game that was never that close. Favre went 21 for 37 for 312 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. He also threw a 99 yard touchdown pass to Robert Brooks in the second quarter.

      Playing Injured in the Rematch

      The Bears came into their second meeting of the season leading the NFC Central with a record of 6-3 while the Packers were tied with the Buccaneers in second place at 5-4. Since they won earlier in the year, this was a huge game as a sweep would not only tie them for the division lead but give them the tiebreaker as well.

      Favre came out firing going 8 for 8 to start the game with two touchdown passes to Edgar Bennter and Rober Brooks respectively. Early in the second quarter he found Dorsey Levens for a 1 yard score to put the Packers up 21-14. The Bears tied the game a few seconds before halftime and took the lead in the third quarter on a Rasahaan Salaam touchdown run. One play later (and after a 45 yard kick return by Antonio Freeman), Favre found Robert Brooks again, this time for a 44 yard touchdown. The Packers took the lead for good  at 35-28 on a second Edgar Bennett touchdown pass in the 4th quarter with just over nine minutes to play and the defense held the rest of the game.

      Favre’s Stats

      AttemptsCompletionsYardsTDINTSackedRating
      3325336503147.2

      Touchdown Passes:

      • 17 yards to Edgar Bennett
      • 29 yards to Robert Brooks
      • 1 yard to Dorsey Levens
      • 44 yards to Robert Brooks
      • 16 yards to Edgar Bennett

      Compared to Other Games

      • The five touchdown passes were a season high as was his 147.2 passer rating. He had two games with four touchdowns.
      • His only other game with more touchdowns cam as a member of the New York Jets when he threw for six touchdowns versus the Arizona Cardinals.
      • He threw for five touchdowns two other times in his career: once against the Vikings in 1997 and once against the Carolina Panthers in 1998.
      • His 147.2 passer rating was his fifth best all time.

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