Tuesday, October 12, 2010
AFC East Week 5 decisive moment
By Tim Graham
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Jets never trailed throughout Monday night's game, but they weren't nearly in command late in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings.
There was no doubt where momentum was. Brett Favre was feeling it, throwing touchdown passes on three out of four possessions to pull the Vikings within two points with 3:09 remaining.
Five plays later, the Vikings forced the Jets to punt. The stage was set for a heroic Favre finish. The Jets' defense was staggered and on its heels. Vikings receiver Percy Harvin was beating hobbled Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. Randy Moss was a constant threat for the Vikings, too. Running back Adrian Peterson had been effective in the fourth quarter.
"It was getting scary out there, man," Jets linebacker Bart Scott said.
But Jets defensive back Dwight Lowery finally snuffed all Vikings hope. Favre tried to throw a pass to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe in the right flat, but Lowery snatched it and sprinted 26 yards for a touchdown with 90 seconds left to secure a 29-20 Jets triumph.
"We have to keep our composure," Lowery said. "We did surrender some points, and there were some things we could've done better, but when it comes down to it, we've just got to make a play. We have to believe in each other, and that's what I felt like we did."