You didn't have to be a football fan to feel the collective ennui that gripped the metro in the wake of the Vikings' downfall. The letdown had Minnesota feeling like an 87,000-square-mile, ice-cold Cleveland. The string of events that befell the Vikes during the NFC Championship game against the New Orleans Saints seemed almost scripted. Here was Brett Favre—a gridiron übermensch plagued only by a propensity to throw the occasional errant pass—capping his legendary career with a critical interception in the last minute of regulation. When Saints placekicker Garrett Hartley proceeded to put one through the uprights in sudden-death overtime, it appeared that the last pass of Brett Favre's storied career would also be his... More >>>