Brett Favre's streak is over.
His career might be, too.
Favre stood on the sideline for the start of a game for the first time since 1992, rubbing his salt-and-pepper beard in frustration because his body couldn’t take another pounding.
The New York Giants made sure his replacement struggled early and often in a 21-3 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Detroit in a game rescheduled and moved from Minnesota because of snow and the collapse of the Metrodome roof.
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“I am not going to play again if I can’t feel my hand,” the 41-year-old Favre said after sitting out with a right shoulder injury that has made his hand numb. His NFL record streak of 297 straight starts was finished, and Favre couldn’t say if he would suit up again.
“That’s questions I haven’t thought about, to be quite honest with you,” he said. “I’ve always assumed I’d play every game, today was no exception. I enjoy playing.
“I don’t want to say I’m shocked by the events of today. I guess in some way I expected it but I have no idea. It’s unfortunate we’re out of this playoff race. I’ll just see how I feel this week and go from there.”
Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier acknowledged that putting Favre on injured reserve, ending his season and possibly his career is possible.
“But I’m hoping not,” Frazier said.
Brandon Jacobs ran for a go-ahead touchdown midway through the second quarter, Eli Manning threw a lead-padding TD just before halftime and Ahmad Bradshaw added a 48-yard run for the Giants.
Manning, whose brother, Peyton, now has the longest starting streak for a QB at 205 games, said he was shocked when he found out Favre was inactive.
“You don’t know if this is the end for a guy who has done so much for the NFL,” Manning said.
The Giants sacked Favre replacement Tarvaris Jackson four times, knocking him out of the game late in the third period and again in the final seconds.
New York (9-4) moved back into a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the NFC East.
“We’re going to have to be resilient again this week because we’ve got a short week before a big game against the Eagles,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “They had a nice win yesterday, and we had to match them.”
The Vikings (5-8) were eliminated from the playoff race after entering the game with a two-game winning streak.
“It’s embarrassing,” defensive end Jared Allen said.
The game drew an announced crowd of 45,910 — there seemed to be at least 10,000 more people in the 65,000-seat stadium.
Ravens 34, at Texans 28 (OT): Ex-Seahawk Josh Wilson intercepted Matt Schaub’s pass and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown in overtime, lifting Baltimore over Houston.
The Ravens (9-4) stayed one game behind Pittsburgh in the AFC North despite blowing a 28-7 lead in the second half.
Schaub threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson and a two-point conversion to Jacoby Jones with 21 seconds remaining in regulation to cap the rally.
Houston (5-8) has lost six of its past seven.
Baltimore rookie David Reed returned the second-half kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown, a franchise record.