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Favre’s Magic Saves Vikings

If there's one thing Brett Favre does better than anything else, it's rally his team to victory.

For the 42nd time in his Hall of Fame-caliber career, Favre led his team back from a fourth-quarter deficit or tie, throwing a 32-yard touchdown pass to reserve wideout Greg Lewis with two seconds left to keep the Minnesota Vikings (3-0) unbeaten with a 27-24 victory Sunday against the stunned San Francisco 49ers.

"It's hard to even recall all of them. This one was pretty special," said Favre, who drove the Vikings 80 yards in 1:27.

Favre finished 24-for-46 for 301 yards and two touchdowns in his first Vikings regular-season home game. He had not thrown that many passes since beating the Vikings while with the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 11, 2007, going 33-for-46 for 351 yards with three touchdowns.

"He knows how to do it without timeouts," Vikings coach Brad Childress said. "He knows where the ball's got to go. . . . He has been in many different situations like that, and that never hurts you to have a veteran like him going (down) the field."

Favre said as he came into the huddle for the final drive he was not really optimistic.

"I didn't say a whole lot," said the 19-year veteran, who turns 40 in less than two weeks. "I was thinking, yeah, we got one more shot, but just like everyone else in the building, a little too late."

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen said on the sideline they were saying, " 'Just be Brett one time.' It's indescribable. You saw the emotion from him, from the crowd, from the team. I've never been a part of (those kind of games), so it was pretty special."

Next up for the Vikings: Green Bay, Favre's team for 16 seasons, next Monday night at home.

"It will be a big game for a lot of reasons," Favre said. "They are a good football team.

"We are going to have to play better than we did today to win it - to win any games."

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