Then came that Thursday night game at Texas Stadium on Nov. 29, 2007 when Favre was knocked out of the game by Nate Jones with an elbow injury.
While the Packers lost, 37-27, and the Cowboys essentially sewed up homefield advantage in the playoffs, Rodgers completed 18 of 26 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown, looking infinitely better than Favre did before the injury.
Maybe that glimpse was what Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson needed to know he could move on from Favre.
“I think it was more important for my teammates,” Rodgers said. “I already felt that point, starting my third year I was starting to figure out the offense and had it down and I could play the way I was capable of playing but I still felt there was room for improvement. I think my teammates needed to see that I can make some plays on the field that I made that night.”