Playoff exits are never easy, especially when they happen in such heartbreaking fashion. Jordan Love experienced his first postseason defeat as the Green Bay Packers' starting quarterback on Saturday night against the San Francisco 49ers.
Love's game-ending interception drew comparisons to Brett Favre. He threw a dangerous pass across his body into the middle of the field, where several 49ers players were waiting.
It's something Love will learn from. The overwhelming takeaway from the season is a positive for Love and this young Packers team.
Love is getting compared to Favre for all the right reasons. He is more willing to take risks than Aaron Rodgers, but, like Favre, Love can make wow plays, even if it's not how quarterbacks are taught to do things.
It's only fitting that Favre's reaction to the Packers' playoff exit included a message to Love.
Brett Favre is fully behind Jordan Love after Packers playoff loss
Love is following two legendary quarterbacks in Favre and Rodgers. But he delivered in year one, taking the Packers way beyond expectations.
And he has Favre's respect. After Green Bay's heartbreaking loss to San Francisco, Favre told Love to "keep your chin up" because he "can be the best Packer QB yet."
Favre is spot on. The pain of the playoff defeat will eventually make way for the overwhelming pride the fan base feels after this Packers season.
Even with the youngest roster in the NFL, they overcame a 2-5 start to make the playoffs. They needed three straight wins to close out the regular season to get there, but the moment wasn't too big for them.
The Packers destroyed the No. 2-seed Dallas Cowboys and came painfully close to taking down the top-seeded 49ers, both on the road. They proved they are ready to compete with the NFC's elite teams.
It hurts, but the Packers will be better for this experience. Like Favre, we're excited to see what comes next.