MNF moments, No. 23: Favre faces Packers

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No. 23: Vikings 30, Packers 23 | Oct. 5, 2009

After Brett Favre signed with the Minnesota Vikings in late August 2009, his first game against the Green Bay Packers became must-see TV.

Favre would deliver against the team with whom he became a legend. Just five days shy of his 40th birthday, Favre threw three touchdown passes and did not turn the ball over in a victory that pushed Minnesota to 4-0 overall.

"I don't know how to explain it," Favre said after the game. "I felt right, but I guess I never thought I'd be in that situation."

Minnesota built a 16-point lead early in the fourth quarter and held on for the win. Favre's replacement in Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers, amassed 384 passing yards despite being sacked eight times, including once for a safety.