Green Bay's 31-3 dismantling of Minnesota effectively ended realistic hopes of a Vikings playoff run Sunday, according to the AP. With it, went the probable chances of a 41-year-old quarterback returning to the playoffs in what will almost undoubtedly be his final season.
Brett Favre, the man who quarterbacked the Packers for most of his 20-year career, could do nothing to stop the steamrolling by his former team in the 100th match between the bitter rivals.
The first two paragraphs of the AP story speak volumes:
"If this were indeed Brett Favre's final Packers-Vikings game, Aaron Rodgers sure made it clear who's in charge of this rivalry right now.
Rodgers threw for 301 yards, with three of his four touchdown passes going to Greg Jennings. He beat Favre for the second time this season and sent Green Bay to a 31-3 victory over melting-down Minnesota on Sunday."
The result should surprise few, as Sunday's game was a microcosm of Minnesota's season, according to the Pioneer Press.
Many fans clad in purple and gold at the Metrodome were silent for most of the afternoon; possibly at a loss for words that the Vikings season is effectively over at the hands of their most vaunted rivals.