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|Brett Favre (left) leads the other Jets quarterbacks Brett Ratliff (center) and Kellen Clemens (right) onto the field for warm ups before the preseason game against the Washington Redskins Saturday at Giants Stadium.|
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- There wasn't any calliope music drifting in the warm summer air around Giants Stadium. No men were barking through megaphones outside Gate D (that's been cleaned up).
Nevertheless, the Brett Favre circus finally arrived in town.
The show was short, but it was dandy.
The iconic quarterback and sporting focal point of the Western Hemisphere completed five of his six passes for 48 yards and a touchdown tonight in his New York Jets debut.
Favre emerged from the tunnel amid a booming roar and trotted through a phalanx of Jets banners and then his mates for their preseason game against the Washington Redskins.
"Nervous, excited," Favre said of his emotions before the game. "Some feelings I have not felt in a while, but I was excited."
Favre, scheduled for only two drives, didn't have to wait long to get on the field. The Jets got the ball first.
Favre completed his first three attempts, including an 11-yard pass to Jerricho Cotchery on the first snap. The Jets ran for another first down on fourth and less than a foot before stalling out. Cornelius Griffin and Marcus Washington teamed up to drop Favre for a 10-yard sack to set up third and 16. Favre's short pass into the right flat was at Thomas Jones' feet -- an incompletion.
Favre drove the Jets in for a touchdown on his second series. He converted a third down by hitting Cotchery for a 19-yard gain to the Redskins 20. Favre completed the drive with a 4-yard toss to a wide-open Dustin Keller.
"It was a simple play," Favre said. "We had Keller and Bubba [Franks] on two quick outs. Keller had better leverage at the 5; Franks had a little trouble getting off the line. It was pretty simple."
The reaction was a more enthusiastic than a normal exhibition touchdown. Favre thrust his arms upward. His linemen charged at him to deliver some hard hugs.
The fans, of course, went wild.
"It's the same old Brett Favre, just another jersey," said Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers.