Green Bay (7-8) at Chicago (13-2) Sunday 8:15 pm EST
CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Is this the final game for Brett Favre?
One would think that's not the case with the future Hall of
Famer closing in on Dan Marino's all-time record for touchdown
All Favre can hope for on Sunday night is for the Green Bay Packers
to still have a shot at getting the second NFC wild-card spot when
they visit the Chicago Bears on Sunday night.
If the New York Giants win on Saturday night, they can virtually
clinch the last wild-card berth with a strength-of-victory
tiebreaker over the Packers. The Giants will get that
tiebreaker if Detroit or Minnesota loses on Sunday.
But if the Giants lose on Saturday night, then Favre and the
Packers would make the playoffs with a win over the Bears.
That would be a remarkable accomplishment for Green Bay, which
started the season 1-4 under rookie coach Mike McCarthy.
The NFL's only three-time MVP and an eight-time Pro Bowler,
Favre contemplated retirement after last season and did not make
his decision to return until late April.
This season, the 37-year-old Favre surpassed Marino's all-time
record for completions (4,967) and is seven touchdown passes shy
of tying Marino's record of 420. Favre has 5,000 completions
and a record 15 consecutive seasons with 3,000 yards passing.
Set to make his 257th consecutive start, including playoffs,
Favre has passed for 57,215 yards. His 146 regular-season wins
ranks third behind John Elway (148) and Marino (147).
In 15 years with the Packers, Favre has led the Packers to 10
postseason appearances, including six division titles,
back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 1996 and 1997 and one
Favre endured the first shutout of his career in a 26-0
season-opening loss to the Bears. He completed 15-of-29
passes for 170 yards with two interceptions.
The Bears have homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
Last year, they lost a home playoff contest to Carolina. This
season, they are 6-1 at Soldier Field.
Robbie Gould kicked four field goals, including three in the
fourth quarter, in the Bears' 26-21 win at Detroit last week.
Brian Griese replaced starting quarterback Rex Grossman in the
fourth quarter and directed the go-ahead scoring drive.
But there is no quarterback controversy in Chicago. Bears coach
Lovie Smith said he would use backups extensively after the team
clinched homefield advantage throughout the postseason.