The Dallas Cowboys Owned Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers
Brett Favre must still have nightmares of the Dallas Cowboys. In his 16 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Favre racked up 160 wins, was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player for three straight seasons and won a Super Bowl. One thing Favre was never able to accomplish as a member of the Packers: winning a game against Dallas on the road.
Brett Favre’s Hall of Fame career
Nobody played the game any harder than Brett Favre. There was never a tougher quarterback than Green Bay’s No. 4. To this day, Favre owns the NFL record for most consecutive starts by a player at 297.
Drafted by the Atlanta Falcons out of Southern Mississippi back in 1991, Favre was traded to the Packers and made his Green Bay debut during Week 3 of the 1992 season when he filled in for an injured Don Majkowski. Favre started the next week and every game through the 2007 season.
Favre made the Pro Bowl 11 times in his career. He led the league in touchdown passes four seasons and was tops in passing yardage twice. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 2015 and elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame the following year.
The Packers vs. Cowboys rivalry
They weren’t divisional rivals, but the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys became postseason rivals. When the Green Bay Packers met the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs in 2017, it became the eighth time the teams had met in the postseason, tying a record for playoff rivalry matchups.
For three straight seasons between 1994-96, Brett Favre’s Packers and Cowboys met in the postseason with all three games taking place in Dallas. The Cowboys won all three meetings. On October 3, 1993, Favre made his first start against the Cowboys, also in Texas, and the Cowboys cruised to a 36-14 victory. Favre and the Packers then went on to lose six straight games to the Cowboys with every game taking place in Texas. The Cowboys had won eight straight against the Packers between 1991-96, but Favre didn’t play in 1991.
Favre got his first taste of victory against the Cowboys on Nov. 23, 1997, at Labeau Field and the Pack seemed to let off some frustration in a 45-17 victory. On Oct. 24, 2004, Favre and the Packers topped the Cowboys 41-24 in a game that also took place in Green Bay. During his Green Bay career, Favre was 2-9 against the Cowboys and winless against them in Texas.
Favre finally gets his playoff revenge against the Cowboys
After losing to the Dallas Cowboys 21-6 on Nov. 18, 1996, it marked the eighth straight time the Green Bay Packers had suffered defeat at the hands of the Cowboys. The Packers got the last laugh that season, however, as they went on to defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXI.
Favre also got the last laugh against the Cowboys in the 2009 season when he was a member of the Minnesota Vikings. Favre, a 40-year-old quarterback at the time, was playing to earn a berth in the NFC Championship.
The Vikings’ gunslinger threw for four touchdown passes and zero interceptions as Minnesota won its home playoff game 34-3 against Favre’s playoff nemesis.