GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — In an otherwise ugly performance, Brett Favre mustered just enough late-game magic to leave Lambeau Field a winner again.

Who knows if he’ll back for more?

Favre set up a game-winning 44-yard field goal by Dave Rayner with 1:34 left and the Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings 9-7 on Thursday night.

Rayner’s kick gave Favre his 36th career fourth-quarter comeback victory — and first in more than a year — and ran Green Bay’s winning streak to three. The Packers (7-8) head into their season finale in Chicago still holding out hope to make the playoffs.

They’ll need help to get in, but had long been left for dead at 4-8 after bad losses at home to New England and the New York Jets.

“The most important football that’s played comes in December,” Packers rookie coach Mike McCarthy said.

Victories aside, Favre’s last two games at Lambeau Field this year — and perhaps his last here ever — were forgettable. He hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass, leaving him still eight short of Dan Marino’s record of 420. And he’s tossed five interceptions while completing 53 percent of his passes.

“I’m hoping that he comes back. But, you never know,” said Donald Driver, who finished with nine catches for 99 yards. “It’s really going to be up to him. Right now, I think he’s coming back. So, we’re all going to sit back and wait. We’ll be waiting like you guys.”

The 37-year-old Favre, who hasn’t said whether he’ll play another season, finished 26-for-50 for 285 yards and didn’t speak to reporters after the game.

He was on target when it counted most against the Vikings after nearly giving the game away in the third quarter.

Favre, 89-29 including the playoffs at Lambeau, threw a pass Fred Smoot picked off and returned 47 yards for his first career touchdown to give the Vikings a 7-6 lead late in the third quarter. Smoot tried a “Lambeau Leap” into the crowd, but the fans pushed him back and some tried to pour drinks on him.

Favre threw another interception to former teammate Darren Sharper on the Packers’ next offensive play, and his first attempt at a fourth-quarter comeback was thwarted when Bubba Franks fumbled for the second time in the game, this time at the Vikings 1.

Favre got the ball back one more time, with 4:47 left. His 36-yard pass to Ruvell Martin was the key play, setting up the winning kick.

For a decade, Ryan Longwell made the key kicks to cap Favre’s rallies. But Longwell, who kicked 14 field goals to tie or give Green Bay the lead during Favre’s previous 35 comebacks, is now with the Vikings.

Rayner was 2-for-4 Thursday night before nailing the winner.

“I just wanted an opportunity to hit a game-winner, and it worked out well,” Rayner said. “It was probably the most nervous I had ever been in my entire life, but it worked out.”

The kick went straight through the uprights.

“If I could ... have the career he’s had, I’d be happy,” Rayner said of Longwell. “He’s a class guy and he’s been nothing but nice to me.”

Minnesota, which squandered a 4-2 start, had its worst offensive performance in 35 years behind rookie quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, making his first start.

Jackson, the 201st starting quarterback in the league since Favre began his consecutive starts streak on Sept. 27, 1992, went 10-of-20 for 50 yards and an interception. He also scrambled for 23 yards on five attempts.

“The numbers aren’t going to bear out that he did anything of merit, but I thought he did a good job of managing the football game,” Vikings coach Brad Childress said.

Minnesota had three first downs, its fewest in franchise history.

Favre held the ball aloft at the final gun, hugging his former teammates and saluting his family in a skybox as well as the fans surrounding the tunnel to the locker room.

“When he’s ready to shut it down, he’ll shut it down,” longtime teammate William Henderson said. “But until then, you all need to leave him alone.”

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