Brett Favre will always be a legend for the Green Bay Packers. Favre threw 442 passes in 16 seasons with the Packers. He’s one of the greatest gunslingers of all time, and he’s without a doubt one of the biggest stars the NFL has ever seen.
Favre threw many huge passes for the Packers in 16 seasons, but these, in particular, stood out as his most legendary touchdown heaves.
4. Brett Favre to Greg Jennings against the Broncos in overtime
This is one of the more recent touchdowns on the list, but that doesn’t make it any less legendary. This touchdown pass was in an overtime game between the Packers and Broncos. The two teams had battled to overtime, much in thanks to a last-second field goal from Denver kicker Jason Elam to tie the game at 13.
Green Bay won the toss and got the ball back to start overtime, but it was a concise session of free football.
On the very first play of overtime, Favre made one of his patented play-action fakes, planted his back foot, looked down the left sideline, and found Greg Jennings streaking down the field after completely blowing by cornerback Dré Bly. Favre chucked the football as only he could and hit Jennings in stride. It was an 82-yard touchdown pass to win the game. Favre threw it from his own 11. Jennings caught it on the Broncos’ 37.
It was an incredible throw.
3. Favre’s Monday Night Football touchdown pass to Antonio Freeman
The only reason this touchdown isn’t higher on the list is that Green Bay wide receiver Antonio Freeman really deserved much of the credit for how incredible the play ended up being.
Much like the throw against the Broncos, Favre and the Packers were once again in an overtime game, this time tied with their heated rival, the Minnesota Vikings, at 20.
On 3rd-and-4 with the Packers just inside Vikings’ territory, Favre threw up a quick fade to Freeman streaking down the right side of the field. The ball sailed to the only spot where Freeman could get it, but because it was just beyond the outstretched arms of the defender, Freeman had to dive.
Initially, it looked like it fell incomplete. In fact, Al Michaels called it incomplete before realizing that Freeman had gotten up and run into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.
“He did what?!” Michaels exclaimed as pandemonium ensued.
A review of the play showed that the ball hit Freeman’s back shoulder before he flipped around and caught it on his back. Again, credit to Freeman for making the play of a lifetime, but let’s not forget it was No. 4 on the other side of that incredible throw.
2. Favre’s touchdown pass in the Super Bowl to Andre Rison
This touchdown pass gave us one of the more iconic images in NFL history, which was Favre running down the sideline with his helmet raised up in the air…victorious.
In reality, it was only the game’s first score, but it set the tone for what was ultimately a 36-21 Super Bowl win for the Packers over the New England Patriots.
The route and throw were so perfect that Favre was actually walking to the sideline before it even hit Andre Rison’s hands. He was almost like a three-point shooter on a hot streak in basketball. He just knew it was “going in.”
It was a great touchdown throw, but the back story makes it legendary.
Sitting in his hotel room before the game, Favre was watching replays of Super Bowl 24, which pitted the 49ers against the Broncos. Watching that game ahead of his own Super Bowl matchup, Favre noticed that Joe Montana of the 49ers was checking to a play called “49 Razor,” and it was working to perfection. Though it was named differently, Favre remembered the Packers had the same concept in their playbook as well.
When Favre took the field against the Patriots in Super Bowl 31, he realized that he was getting the same look as Montana in Super Bowl 24. Favre called an audible to Green Bay’s version of “49 Razor,” and the rest is history.
1. Any touchdown Favre threw on Monday Night Football against the Oakland Raiders in 2003
We’re breaking a rule and mentioning multiple touchdowns on this one, but it’s oh so worth it. This game will be remembered for as long as there’s NFL football, or at least it should be.
In front of a national television audience on Monday Night Football in December of 2003, Favre took the field with a heavy heart. A day before, the legendary quarterback found out that his father, Irvin Favre, had died.
Brett Favre decided to press on and play that night in Oakland, and what took place was nothing short of magical.
He took the field to cheers from the Raiders’ fan base, a group not known for being kind to opposing teams. Favre then went on to throw for 399 yards and four touchdowns. He finished with a passer rating of 154.9, which was the best number to that point in his career, and he never surpassed it moving forward.
It wasn’t just the numbers that made the game so special. though. It was the way the Oakland Coliseum held its breath every time he threw the football. It was the way Raiders fans basically started cheering for Favre to succeed. It was the way Favre’s Green Bay teammates seemingly went out there and tried to catch every single ball thrown their way.
Favre’s first two touchdown passes, in particular, were incredible grabs. Let’s highlight those.
The first was a 22-yard dime off his back foot to Wesley Walls, who dove for the touchdown catch in the back corner of the end zone. The second was a bootleg right that saw Favre hit Javon Walker for a 23-yard touchdown pass. Favre threw a dart while rolling out to his right. It was vintage.
Those two touchdowns, in particular, were magical, but all four of his scores are worth breaking the rules of engagement for here in this article and mentioning at the same time.
In a career full of legendary touchdowns, none were more legendary than the four he threw that Monday Night.