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Favre's gamble backfires

Brett Favre just loves to gamble.

With a trip to the Super Bowl, a shot at redemption and a chance to rub it in the faces of Green Bay Packers fans, Brett Favre couldn't help himself and be Brett Favre.

He tried to make a play with the game tied at 28 in the NFC championship game.

The grizzled veteran who was supposed to lead the Minnesota Vikings to the Super Bowl instead made a rookie mistake.

Favre threw the football back across the field and the New Orleans Saints' Tracy Porter picked it off.

So much for a chance to win the game at the end.

Favre could have thrown it away, leaving a long 56-yard field goal. He should have run the ball, which would have picked up at least 5 yards, maybe more.

Nope. Favre wanted to be the hero.

Now, he's the goat.

In a game marred by turnovers, Favre's was the costliest. But we shouldn't be surprised.

If Favre throws enough, he'll get burned. Just like he did Sunday night.

He should have known better than to throw that pass. Quarterbacks like Tavaris Jackson make that throw. Someone like Favre shouldn't.

But he didn't return with the Vikings to let some kicker steal the spotlight from him. Now he has it, for all the wrong reasons.

We'll be left asking for another offseason if Favre's last pass was a heartbreaker.

We probably won't know for sure until next summer.

But if it was, it's one heck of a way to go out.

And that was about the only way the Favre-Vikings marriage was going to turn out.

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