Packers pound Favre, Vikings’ playoff hopes

MINNEAPOLIS | Brett Favre looked ready for retirement, with six likely meaningless games now left for Minnesota in the epilogue of his 20-year career.

Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay’s swarming defense sure made it clear who’s in charge of this Packers-Vikings rivalry right now.

Rodgers went 22 for 31 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.

“This has got me at a loss for words,” Favre began his post-game news conference. “Disappointing would be an understatement.”

The Packers (7-3) emerged fresh from their bye week and kept pace in the NFC North race with the Chicago Bears (7-3), ruining any realistic hope the Vikings (3-7) had left for another shot at the Super Bowl.

“I hate to use Jim Mora’s comments about playoffs, but we can’t think about that,” Favre said.

Instead, this 100th meeting between these border-state rivals, likely the last for the 41-year-old Favre, was marked by costly turnovers, untimely penalties and even some sideline shouting by the frustrated Vikings to cast further doubt on coach Brad Childress’s future with the team.

Owner Zygi Wilf walked sternly out of a silent locker room without commenting.

“I can’t really talk about that,” Childress said, “because that’s not my decision going forward.”

The Vikings also lost starting right guard Anthony Herrera to a season-ending knee injury. Childress said he didn’t think the Vikings quit, but some players wondered aloud whether everyone’s effort was there. Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who chucked his helmet in disgust after a failed fourth down early in the fourth quarter, was the most outspoken.

“If you see something that you have flaws in or you’re not good at, you have to stay extra,” Shiancoe said. “You have to work at it, correct these mistakes that we’re making.”

As for Favre’s future?

He insisted he’s committed to the team and the rest of the season, despite failing to directly answer questions about whether he wants to finish it and vaguely saying he planned to “re-evaluate” the situation on Monday.

“I’m here, and we’re in this thing together,” Favre said.

Said Childress: “He’s always worked his craft. I don’t think there’s any doubt that it will continue to work as we move forward.”

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