DETROIT -- A few thoughts after a doozy of an anti-climactic game at Ford Field:
What it means: It's probably appropriate that on the night Brett Favre's streak of consecutive starts ended, and in a "home" game after being displaced from their stadium, the Minnesota Vikings were officially eliminated from playoff contention. They were punchless on offense, committed seven pre-snap penalties and gave up 213 rushing yards to the New York Giants.
FavreWatch: Favre never attempted to test his sprained SC joint during pregame warmups and might have thrown his last NFL pass. ESPN's Ed Werder reported there is a strong possibility Favre will be placed on injured reserve, ending his season and sending him into an unceremonious retirement. Anyone who saw Favre's near-purple hand on Monday night's FOX broadcast knows Favre is dealing with a multi-faceted injury. On the plus side, you can pre-purchase an autographed football commemorating his 297-game streak of consecutive starts on his website for $499.99.
T-JackWatch: If anything productive came out of this game for the Vikings, it should be final confirmation that Tarvaris Jackson is not their quarterback of the future. Jackson started in Favre's place but left three times with injuries to his knee and toe. He threw two interceptions, was sacked four times, threw for 118 yards and produced three Keystone Kops moments. I haven't decided which was my favorite: Knocking knees with tailback Adrian Peterson on a botched running play, watching a pass to receiver Bernard Berrian land at least 10 yards out of bounds or allowing a shotgun snap to slip through his hands for a 15-yard loss on third-and-9.
Ford FieldWatch: A crowd of 45,910 proved to be a mixture of Vikings fans, Giants fans and Lions fans who capitalized on free admission to watch some bonus football. It was like I would imagine the crowd at an international game be: Festive but not particularly attentive. The two loudest cheers were for the Vikings' cheerleaders and during a brief, but intense, chant of "Let's Go Lions!" in the second quarter. It didn't help that they had a stinker of a game to watch.
What's next: The Vikings will play next Monday night against the Chicago Bears. Where that game is held is anyone's guess. If the Metrodome roof isn't repaired in time, the game is expected to be moved to the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium -- an outdoor facility that seats about 50,000. An outdoor, prime-time game in Minnesota's late-December weather? Bring your parkas.