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Bottom line: Childress couldn't bench Favre

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In the end, Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress wasn’t willing to bench quarterback Brett Favre for performance reasons. That’s the bottom line here from Gillette Stadium, where the Vikings finally have confirmed that Favre will start against the New England Patriots.

Favre has two fractures in his left foot. But after a week-long tug-of-war with Childress, Favre told ESPN’s Ed Werder on Saturday that he was healthy enough to play. That statement boxed Childress into a corner, in essence daring Childress to sit him because of his 14 interceptions.

With unproven Tarvaris Jackson as the primary backup, Childress wasn’t willing to make that choice.

Again, I’m not sure Favre will finish this game. But he will definitely start it