GREEN BAY, Wis. (Dec. 21, 2006) -- It might have been Brett Favre's final fling at Lambeau Field, and it wasn't pretty.
But after nearly throwing the game away, Favre helped the Green Bay Packers pull out yet another come-from-behind victory.
Packers kicker Dave Rayner, who had missed two field goals earlier in the game, hit a 44-yarder with 1:34 remaining.
"It was probably the most nervous I had ever been in my entire life, but it worked out," Rayner said.
It was the 36th game-winning comeback for Favre, who has not yet announced whether he will play next season and did not speak with reporters following the game.
"I'm hoping he comes back and I get more opportunities (for interceptions)," said Sharper, who picked off Favre's next pass after the TD return. "Talking to him after the game, he looked like he didn't know either."
Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said he talked with the three-time MVP before the game -- and as far as McCarthy is concerned, Favre is still under contract. "We're going to take the time and talk about it after the season," he said.
"I'm trying to stay away from that 'p-word,' " McCarthy said.
The Vikings (6-9) managed only three first downs all game, the lowest total in a game in team history.
But it didn't seem to matter after cornerback Fred Smoot returned Favre's pass 47 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter, giving Minnesota a 7-6 lead.
Favre looked down the left sideline for rookie receiver Greg Jennings, but threw the ball directly into Smoot's hands as Jennings continued running down the field. Smoot tried to celebrate by doing a "Lambeau Leap" into the stands but was pushed back onto the field by fans.
"When Smoot took his TD back to score, I thought we had the game right there," Sharper said.
After the interception to Smoot, Favre's next pass wound up in Sharper's hands on the Packers' next offensive play.
"I just think it shows (Rayner's) resiliency," McCarthy said. "I had full confidence he would make that kick."
Favre finished the game 26-for-50 for 285 yards with the two interceptions. He didn't throw a touchdown for the second successive game, meaning he still needs eight more TD passes to break Dan Marino's career record of 420.
Jackson, a second-round draft pick out of Alabama State, was 10-for-20 for 50 yards and one interception.
"I just couldn't find my check-downs," Jackson said. "I didn't want to force it."
Childress said he would stick with Jackson, even though "the numbers aren't going to bear out that he did anything of merit."
"When you have as many opportunities as we did in the red zone and only come away with three points, it's only a matter of time that momentum may go against you," McCarthy said.
But Green Bay did win, and Favre could wind up playing for more than another week this season.
"I'm hoping that he comes back, but you never know," Packers' wide receiver Donald Driver said. "We're all going to sit back and wait."