Favre finally finds the bench

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota continued to play its entire starting lineup here in the third quarter, swelling its lead to 41-0, but the Vikings finally made one concession. Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson entered the game with 4 minutes 39 seconds remaining in the third quarter, ending Brett Favre's day and in all likelihood his regular season.

Favre’s final pass was a 1-yard touchdown pass to fullback Naufahu Tahi on fourth down; yes, the Vikings were pouring it on after a month of struggles. Favre finished the game with a season-high 148.7 passer rating, completing 25 of 31 passes for 316 yards and four touchdowns.

Assuming Favre doesn’t return to this game, we can pass along that he will finish the season with 4,202 passing yards -- the third-highest total of his career. He’s also thrown 33 touchdown passes and a career-low seven interceptions. His completion percentage of 68.4 is a career-high.

Fans at the Metrodome have already started “The Wave,” which is my cue to halt the in-game blogging. I’ll be back with you shortly after this game.