Until he was hit by Patriots defensive tackle Myron Pryor while throwing a pass midway in the fourth quarter, Favre was doing what he usually does: playing hurt, trying to lead his team to victory in his NFL-record 292nd consecutive start. He stayed on the ground momentarily after Pryor's hit, then tried to get up while holding his face.
But Favre then sank to the ground as Vikings trainers rushed onto the field, and they helped him to the sideline. He spent a few minutes on a training table at the Vikings' sideline as staffers held a towel to his chin. He sat up after trainers applied a compress, then was carted from the field as a few fans booed.
Favre said he needed eight stitches. Asked after the game if he might have a concussion, Favre said, "I remember everything -- unfortunately. But I'll be fine."
Harvin hurt his left ankle in the first quarter and had to be helped off the field. The medical staff taped up his ankle and Harvin was able to return to action, finishing with 104 yards on six receptions.
Harvin limped into the locker room following the game.
"It's hurting pretty bad and it probably was adrenaline that got me through," he told the newspaper. "I couldn't do much but I was able to fight through it. Go and see the trainer's and we'll know then."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.