With apologies to T.S. Eliot, this is the way the Vikings' season ended: Not with a bang, but with a whimper.
They finished the year with a loss at Detroit for a 6-10 record, their worst showing since 1990.[jump]
And they watched Favre, one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play the game, crumble before their eyes -- not only on the field, but off.
It all ended in Detroit on Sunday. Favre spent the final game of what he says will be his final NFL season watching from the sidelines, as the Lions beat the Vikings, 20-13.
Nursing a two-week-old concussion, he jogged off the field to tell reporters one more time that he was through.
"I'm sure throughout this year, the comment has been made that we'll wait and see in August or September," he said. "But it's time."
He also asked the assembled press to remember his career in full, not just this debacle of a season.
"It's been a wonderful ride for me. One game, one season does not define me. They will be saying, 'Hey, it's a shame he went out that way' or this or that. I am truly grateful for the opportunity. By the grace of God, I got a chance to play this game and play it at a high level. I'm honored, and so I hope that people admired the way I played, my passion for it, because I hold no regrets."
Then he handed off the microphone to rookie QB Joe Webb, and walked away.