By Les Carpenter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 21, 2008
GREEN BAY, Wis., Jan 20 -- When it was over and the Super Bowl that had been assumed did not happen, Brett Favre walked into the news conference and talked about the one topic nobody in these parts wants to hear.
Then he gave the answer that always leads to such consternation.
"I don't know," he said.
"Had we won this game and gone to the Super Bowl and whatever happens in that game when it was over, I was going to go home and think about where I wanted to go from there," he said. "I don't think that's going to really change because we didn't make it. It's been a great year. I'm very disappointed. I'm not going to rush to any quick decisions.
"It will probably be quicker than it has been in the past. I'm not going to let this game sway my decision one way or the other."
This NFC championship game was not one of his finest hours in a season that has been a resurgence for him. Despite the arctic cold that filled Lambeau Field, he threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns. But he also had two interceptions, the second a costly interception deep in his own territory two plays into overtime that set up the game-winning field goal.
Since most everyone seemed to figure the Packers were headed to the Super Bowl, no one had been giving much thought to the idea that last night's game could be Favre's last in this stadium. But after the loss, his eyes seemed moist as he left the field, prompting the question if he seriously is considering retirement the way he has the last two offseasons.
His coach, Mike McCarthy, would not address the issue giving a simple: "I have not spoken to Brett on that one, so I couldn't tell you."
But the thought hung out there as thick as the frozen air.
There has been a thought that Favre, 38, will return if for nothing else than he seems to be fronting a good young team that has the ability to be in this game a few more times should he stick around. In a recent interview with his hometown paper in Biloxi, Miss., he seemed to indicate that he might be leaning toward staying. He later denied this, saying his words were misinterpreted.
McCarthy did say he and Favre would talk soon about the issue.
Otherwise no one knew. And Favre wasn't in much of a mood to talk about it.
"It's very disappointing," he said of the loss. "We had numerous opportunities today, numerous opportunities this year. Everything seemed to fall in line for us."
Until the last day.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.