Moment 98 Heavy Heart

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December 22, 2003

The day after his father, Irv, died of a heart attack, Brett Favre plays spectacularly in throwing for 399 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-7 trouncing of host Oakland on Monday Night Football.

The death of his father was sudden and shocking, yet Favre addressed the team at the hotel the night before the game and vowed to play, because that’s what Irv would have wanted him to do.

Pledging to make every catch they could for him, Favre’s receivers came through, as a pair of impressive TD grabs by Javon Walker (four catches, 124 yards) plus scoring catches by tight ends Wesley Walls and David Martin staked the Packers to a 31-7 halftime lead.

The victory kept the Packers in the hunt for the NFC North title and a playoff spot, which they clinched in miracle fashion the following week. While the Packers put the finishing touches on a 31-3 trouncing of Denver, the Cardinals pulled off an amazing comeback against the Vikings, scoring two touchdowns in the final two minutes, sandwiched around a successful onside kick.

Arizona’s game-winning score came on the final play, a fourth-and-25 pass to receiver Nathan Poole for a 28-yard touchdown, giving the Packers (10-6) the division crown over the Vikings (9-7). Poole was subsequently invited to Wisconsin and given a key to the city by Green Bay mayor Jim Schmitt.
  • Heavy Heart
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  • Heavy Heart
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  • Heavy Heart
    Photo credit: AP / Paul Sakuma
  • Heavy Heart
    Photo credit: AP / Paul Sakuma
  • Heavy Heart
    Photo credit: AP / Paul Sakuma
  • Heavy Heart
    Photo credit: AP / Paul Sakuma
  • Heavy Heart
    Photo credit: AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez