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Tracy Porter makes a key cameo on Brett Favre night

Tracy Porter


It was fitting that, on the night the Packers retired the number of quarterback Brett Favre, a player responsible for one of Favre’s most notorious interceptions not only played in the game -- but also made an interception of Favre’s successor.

Tracy Porter, who nearly six years ago kept Favre from returning to the Super Bowl as a member of the Vikings after Favre forced an ugly cross-body throw into coverage while in field-goal range, picked off Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers late in the fourth quarter, killing Green Bay’s next-to-last drive of the game in a 17-13 loss.

“You’re coming in feeling like a homecoming game with them doing the extra things with Brett Favre and whatnot, but our mindset was to come in and win,” Porter said after the game via the Chicago Tribune. “That’s what we did.”

That is what they did, raining on the Favre parade the same way the way Porter’s Saints did in 2009, after Favre, who had been battered all game by a allegedly bounty-crazed defense, had driven the Vikings down the field for what at the time seemed to be an inevitable game-winning goal.

For the play and its memorable “This is not Detroit!” aftermath, we yield the floor to the great Paul Allen, voice of the Vikings.