Brady picks Ripken's streak over Favre's

Aside from Brett Favre's faux retirements, his astounding streak of games started has never been closer to ending than Sunday against the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium.

Favre has started 291 straight consecutive games in a row -- all in succession, no less. And in that span he hasn't missed any starts. Throw in the postseason and the number swells to 315.

With the streak in jeopardy, NFC North raconteur Kevin Seifert and ESPN.com senior columnist Gene Wojciechowski debated whose record is more impressive: Favre's or Cal Ripken's.

Seifert has the unique insight of having been the Baltimore Orioles' beat writer for a few seasons that included when Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's hallowed milestone. Seifert believes Ripken's streak is more remarkable.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady agrees with Seifert.

"That's incredible," Brady said of Ripken's streak, not the fact he and Seifert agree on something. "They're both remarkable. Cal's not getting hit, but at the same time, to go out there and play every single -- 2,100 games? -- or whatever it was, that's amazing."

Ripken actually played 2,632 games in a row. Gehrig's streak was 2,130 games.

"Some things are just really fluky," Brady said. "If you break bones, there's not much you can do about those or to fight through those. If they're broken, they're broken. It takes a lot of good fortune, I think. It takes a lot of great training, a lot of toughness, a lot of modern medicine."