On a record night for quarterback Brett Favre, both positively and negatively, in the end the Minnesota Vikings fell to the New York Jets 29-20 on Monday Night.
After trailing 9-0 at halftime, and down 12-0 at one point in the third quarter, Favre finally connected for the first of three second half touchdowns. The first was to Randy Moss, who joined the team last week on a 37 yard touchdown pass. It marked the 500th of Favre's career. Earlier in the drive, Favre also reached the 70,000 yard passing mark for his career, nearly 9,000 more than Dan Marino, who is second all-time.
Early in the fourth quarter, Favre would connect with Percy Harvin for another touchdown to pull within two. After some indecision, and taking a timeout, The Vikings elected to go for two, but failed, keeping the score at 15-13.
Favre would find Harvin for another touchdown with just over three minutes to go, to make the score 22-20. After a Jets punt, Minnesota would have the ball with just under two minutes remaining. However Favre had a pass intercepted by Dwight Lowery of the Jets, who returned it 26 yards for the clinching touchdown.
Besides reaching the 500 touchdown and 70,000 yard passing marks, Favre also committed two fumbles to become the all-time leader in career fumbles, now at 162.
Favre finished 14 of 34 for 264 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception. Favre had 233 yards passing in the second half, after just 31 in the first half. Percy Harvin led Minnesota's receivers with five catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Moss in his Vikings return had four receptions, for 81 yards and a touchdown.
The Vikings drop to (1-3) and will host the Dallas Cowboys Sunday. Dallas also sports a (1-3) record.
Posted by Joe Dufek