Vikings 20

(1-3, 0-2 away)

Jets 29

(4-1, 2-1 home)

Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

9:15 PM ET, October 11, 2010

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
MIN 0 0 7 1320
NYJ 3 6 6 1429

Top Performers

Passing: B. Favre (MIN) - 264 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: L. Tomlinson (NYJ) - 20 CAR, 94 YDS

Receiving: P. Harvin (MIN) - 5 REC, 97 YDS, 2 TD

Brett Favre's late interception seals Jets' win, spoils milestone night

Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brett Favre addressed his teammates before the game amid all the distractions.

Hours later, the record-breaking quarterback put all that aside and nearly led the Minnesota Vikings to another of his classic comebacks. The New York Jets would have none of it.

With Favre trying to rally his team, Jets cornerback Dwight Lowery returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown with 1:30 left as the Jets beat the Vikings 29-20 on "Monday Night Football."

"Disappointing, I suppose," Favre said. "I was expecting we were going to win this football game. It was a great football game and I wish we would have won it."

Nick Folk kicked five field goals for the Jets (4-1), two after fumbles by Favre.

"That's a heck of a win," New York coach Rex Ryan said.

Now, the 41-year-old quarterback is left wondering if an even bigger punishment is in store from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Favre finished 14-for-34 for 264 yards for the Vikings (1-3) hours after he reportedly apologized to teammates for the distraction caused by an NFL investigation into allegations that he sent racy messages and lewd photos to a Jets game hostess in 2008.

"I said what I had to say," Favre said, refusing to answer questions about the situation. "I'm disappointed we lost this football game."

Brushing off those issues, he became the first NFL player to throw 500 touchdown passes and pass for 70,000 yards. But two early fumbles against his former team helped put the Vikings in a 12-0 hole.

"I don't think anyone wanted to win this game more than him," wide receiver Percy Harvin said. "He was well prepared, so I don't think any of that outside stuff had anything to do with how he played."

Favre, who played for the Jets during the 2008 season, threw three touchdowns, including two to Harvin. The second -- an 11-yard pass -- brought the Vikings within two points with 3:09 left in the game.

"We were brilliant in the first half and we knew you have to play four quarters," Ryan said. "This guy is as good as it gets."

The Vikings had the ball with 1:43 remaining and poised for a winning drive -- until Favre's last big mistake sent Minnesota to its seventh consecutive loss to New York.

"I think everyone who watches us play sees flashes of a team that can be 3-1, 4-0," Favre said. "Not that we're not capable. We're very capable."

Favre also played through some mild tendinitis in his throwing elbow.

"This is probably the worst it's felt in four games," he said. "I missed some throws the last drive [that] I think I make in my sleep."

The game marked the Vikings return for Randy Moss, who finished with four catches for 81 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.

With the Jets leading 12-0 and the Vikings facing third-and-17 from the Jets 37, Favre reared back and lofted the ball perfectly into Moss' hands in the back right corner of the end zone with 2:10 left in the quarter. Favre zipped down the field and jumped into Moss' arms in the end zone to celebrate the score.

"When I threw that touchdown to Randy Moss, I had been thinking about that for eight to 10 years," Favre said.

Favre also became the first to reach 70,000 yards passing on the drive that cut the Jets lead to 12-7.

Moss, acquired from New England last Wednesday, was defended mostly by Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie despite the return of Darrelle Revis from a strained left hamstring.

Adrian Peterson had 88 yards on 18 carries for Minnesota.

Less than five minutes after connecting with Moss, Favre hit Harvin for a 34-yard touchdown that made it 15-13. But Favre's tying 2-point conversion try was intercepted by Cromartie in the end zone.

Shonn Greene's 23-yard touchdown run with 4:30 left in the game gave the Jets a 22-13 lead that appeared to seal the victory, but Favre still had plenty of time to try for a comeback.

"We just hung in there to the end," Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez said. "I don't think we win this game last year."

New York's offense struggled for the first time since Week 1, failing to get much going -- other than field goals -- until late. Sanchez was 21-of-44 for 191 yards, and still hasn't thrown an interception this season, although he came close a few times.

Santonio Holmes played his first game with the Jets after being suspended the first four for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He finished with three catches for 41 yards.

LaDainian Tomlinson had another solid game for the Jets with 94 yards rushing on 20 carries.

Folk's fifth field goal, a 31-yarder, made it 15-7 with 49 seconds left in the third. The score was set up by Brad Smith's 86-yard kickoff return.

"You have to hunker down and bear through those things and we did that tonight," said New York's Jason Taylor, who had one of four sacks of Favre. "We were mentally tough enough to do that."

Game notes

The Jets improved to 5-0 at home against the Vikings. ... The last time the Vikings beat the Jets was in 1975, when Bud Grant was Minnesota's coach. ... Jets LB Calvin Pace had 1 1/2 sacks in his regular-season debut after missing the first four games with a broken right foot.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1620
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6278
Total Yards336328
Yards per play5.44.2
Total Drives1513
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-20-4
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

nyjFG5:00Nick Folk 25 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 33 yds, 3:32
nyjFG5:34Nick Folk 53 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 33 yds, 2:30
nyjFG0:20Nick Folk 22 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 14 plays, 43 yds, 3:43
nyjFG8:53Nick Folk 34 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 30 yds, 3:55
minTD2:17Randy Moss 37 Yard Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 72 yds, 4:01
nyjFG0:53Nick Folk 31 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 6 yds, 1:21
minTD12:55Percy Harvin 34 Yard Pass From Brett Favre (Brett Favre Pass to Visanthe Shiancoe For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 65 yds, 3:02
nyjTD4:37Shonn Greene 23 Yard Run (Nick Folk Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 66 yds, 2:36
minTD3:16Percy Harvin 11 Yard Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 54 yds, 1:21
nyjTD1:30Dwight Lowery 26 Yard Interception Return (Nick Folk Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 5 yds, 0:18

Research Notes

Brett Favre ... as we know ... has more touchdown passes, interceptions and fumbles than anyone in NFL history. Monday night he threw for 3 scores and had 3 turnovers. Since 1992 ... Favre's first season as a starter ... only the now-retired Kurt Warner and Vinny Testaverde have had more such games. For Favre, last night was the first time he's done it since Sept. 12, 1999.
From Elias: With his 37-yard TD catch on Monday night, Randy Moss became just the 4th player to score a TD against one team for two different teams in the same season since 1981. He is the first to do it since Herschel Walker against the Giants in 1989 while playing for both the Cowboys and Vikings.
Monday was just the first time in 51 regular season games that the Vikings allowed a team to rush for over 150 yards. LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 94 yards while Shonn Greene pitched in with 57 yards, as the two backs combined to average nearly 5 yards per carry. Minnesota came into the game allowing just 87 rushing yards per game.
Through 5 games this season, LaDainian Tomlinson is casting a shadow of doubt with regards to why the Chargers let the supposedly washed up RB leave. Through 5 games, LT is averaging 87 yards per game and 5 yards per carry. The 87 Yards per game puts him on pace to rush for 1,392 yards which would be his highest single-season total since leading the NFL with 1,474 Rush yards in 2007.
Brett Favre was 14-for-34 in today's game, completing 41.2 percent of his passes. That tied for Favre's 2nd-worst completion percentage in a regular season game in which he threw at least 30 passes, matching a game against the Jets in the 2000 season.

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