Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Jets 29, Vikings 20
By Kevin Seifert
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Hitting the hot spots on a wet but ultimately thrilling night at the New Meadowlands Stadium, where the Jets beat the Vikings 29-20:
What it means: A feeble start and a late interception sent the Vikings to a 1-3 record in Randy Moss' return to the franchise. Quarterback Brett Favre, dogged all weekend by allegations that he sent racy text messages and photographs to a former New York Jets reporter, managed only 31 first-half yards but led the Vikings to a trio of late touchdowns to pull within 22-20. Yet with 1 minute, 27 seconds remaining, Favre threw a poor pass toward tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. The Jets' Dwight Lowery intercepted and returned it 26 yards for the game-clinching touchdown. Overall, Favre completed only 14 of 34 passes and committed three turnovers.
Botched critical play: The Vikings had multiple breakdowns after Favre's 34-yard touchdown pass to receiver Percy Harvin early in the fourth quarter, a play that drew the Vikings to 15-13. The obvious move was to go for a two-point conversion. Coach Brad Childress first sent his extra-point team onto the field before calling a timeout to switch personnel. That left the Vikings with one less timeout than they should have had at the end of the game. Then, Favre inexplicably didn't throw to a wide-open Naufahu Tahi on a bootleg pass. Instead, he held the ball and ultimately threw wildly toward Shiancoe. Not having those two points obviously changed the Vikings' approach as the fourth quarter continued.
Stealing the show: Harvin stole the show in Moss' debut with the Vikings, catching fourth-quarter touchdown passes of 34 and 11 yards. The latter was a spectacular effort in the back of the end zone to get both feet in bounds after a leaping grab.
Defensive gem: The Vikings defense kept the team in the game while the offense sputtered in the first half, holding the Jets to five field goals. It also made a critical stop late in the fourth quarter when the Jets had the opportunity to run the ball out.
The 500th touchdown award goes to: Moss, as many predicted it would. The 500th touchdown of Favre's career came with 2 minutes, 10 seconds remaining in the third quarter -- a 37-yard pass to into the right corner of the end zone. Moss had been quiet up until that point, held down by a superior night by Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie. But in a veteran move, Moss held off Cromartie with his left arm to get in position for the catch. Favre sprinted 40 yards downfield, jumped into Moss' arms and ran to the sideline a new man.
What's next: The Vikings will host the 1-3 Dallas Cowboys next Sunday at the Metrodome.