GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -Brett Favre's season lasted longer than anyone would have guessed - even Favre himself.
Now that it's over, will he be back for another?
A 2007 season that was marked by the remarkable resurgence of both Favre and his Green Bay Packers ended in disappointment Sunday night, as the Packers lost to the New York Giants 23-20 in overtime in the NFC Championship game at Lambeau Field.
The game seemed to be setting up for another one of Favre's magical moments after Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes missed a potential game-winning 36-yard field goal at the end of regulation, giving Favre another shot at the victory in overtime.
But Favre threw an interception to Corey Webster on the Packers' second play, and Tynes kicked a game-clinching 47-yard field goal to send the Packers home for the winter.
Now, Favre is left to ponder the decision that has kept Cheeseheads on edge for each of the past several cold offseasons: Will he retire, or decide to return for his 18th NFL season?
Certainly, the smart money seems to be that Favre is leaning toward returning.
Favre himself hinted at that a few days before the Packers' divisional playoff game victory over Seattle last week, telling his hometown newspaper, the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald, that he would ``like to continue longer.''
After the Seattle game, Favre said he hadn't made a final decision; as usual, he'd huddle with his family after the season before he decided. For the record, his two daughters want him to come back.
This certainly isn't the first time No. 4 has flirted with retirement, as the Favre watch has become as much a part of winter in Wisconsin as snowmobiling and ice fishing.
Favre has taken weeks and even months to make his decision after recent seasons, with Cheeseheads hanging on his every word as his football future hangs in the balance.
Favre ended the 2006 season by tearing up on television, leading many to wonder whether it would end up being his final season. Then he came back anyway.
When he made the comments to the Biloxi Sun-Herald two weeks ago hinting he might be coming back, he sent the entire state of Wisconsin to overtime, even prompting the governor's office to issue a statement prematurely congratulating Favre for his decision, the political version of a false start.
Even though it has been widely assumed Favre would indeed come back to play next season after having one of the best seasons of his career in 2007, the quarterback and his coach have said they would wait until after the season to discuss the issue.
The end of the season has arrived. It went on longer than expected, which just adds to the intrigue.

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