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Updated: October 31st, 2010 1:50pm
It's official: Brett Favre starts

It's official: Brett Favre starts

by Tom Pelissero
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The streak continues.

As expected, Brett Favre got the start -- his 316th in a row -- on Sunday at New England despite his recent struggles and the ankle/foot injury he suffered in last weekend's loss at Green Bay.

Favre arrived on the first bus a little more than 3 hours before kickoff. He showed no noticeable limp as about a dozen cameras followed him to the visitor's locker room.

Coach Brad Childress strongly considered starting backup Tarvaris Jackson, who got the bulk of practice snaps during the week.

But once Favre returned to practice on a limited basis Friday and pronounced himself fit to play, benching the 41-year-old quarterback became an unfavorable proposition that could bring with it major backlash, particularly if Jackson struggled.

Inactive for the Vikings were: No. 3 quarterback Joe Webb, receiver Hank Baskett, safety Tyrell Johnson, cornerback Lito Sheppard, running back Albert Young, linebacker Erin Henderson, guard Chris DeGeare, defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy.

The weather was gorgeous 90 minutes before kickoff, with partly cloudy skies, a little wind and temperatures in the mid-50s.

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