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By PFW staff

Brett Favre's second and perhaps final visit to Lambeau Field as a visiting player drew the highest-ever ratings for NBC's "Sunday Night Football."

The Packers-Vikings matchup, won by Green Bay 28-24, was seen by 25.7 million viewers and got a 15.4 rating, according to the network. Favre's Vikings had a chance to win it in the final minutes, but a catch by WR Percy Harvin that was ruled a TD was overturned by a video replay that showed Harvin's foot landing out of bounds.

This has been a good year for NBC, with three of the five highest-rated broadcasts in SNF history airing on the network in the season's first seven weeks. Cowboys-Redskins in Week One drew 25.3 million viewers, second best all-time, and Manning Bowl II (Giants-Colts) had 23.1 million in Week Two.  

The way we see it

With all the drama surrounding Favre, the Vikings and the Packers, it is no surprise this game was ratings gold for NBC. The next few Sunday-night tilts — Steelers-Saints, Cowboys-Packers, Patriots-Steelers and Giants-Eagles — also should draw mega-sized ratings.

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