Favre Tosses Career-High 6 TDs
The Associated PressEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Sore ankle and all, Broadway Brett joined Broadway Joe in the Jets' record book.
Published: September 29, 2008
Published: September 29, 2008
Brett Favre set a career high and tied Joe Namath's Jets mark with six touchdown passes, including three to Laveranues Coles, and New York took advantage of a series of mistakes by Arizona in a big second quarter before holding on to beat the Cardinals 56-35 on Sunday.
"Throwing six touchdown passes was awesome," Favre said. "That had nothing to do with how I felt I played. It was one of those games. More importantly, I felt the overall game itself, I managed it well."
Favre, showing no signs of a left ankle injury that hobbled him during the week, finished 24-for-34 for 289 yards and an interception for the Jets (2-2).
"I asked him if he had tied a career high and he said, 'I've never thrown six,'" said Jerricho Cotchery, who had two TD catches. "That was like the end of the conversation because I'm scratching my head, like, 'Really? He's never thrown six touchdown passes before?' He played great today."
New York's defense rattled Kurt Warner and forced three fumbles and two interceptions in the first half, and the Jets set a franchise record by scoring 34 points in the second quarter.
"That's more like it," safety Kerry Rhodes said. "We came after them with some looks and wrinkles they hadn't seen."
Coles had eight catches for 105 yards after campaigning to the coaches for more plays earlier in the week.
Warner tried to bring the Cardinals (2-2) back in the second half as Arizona scored 35 points. Warner, 40 of 57 for 472 yards, threw a 14-yard TD pass to Jerheme Urban with 4:49 left, but lost the ball again on a fumble with less than 3 minutes left.
Favre hit Dustin Keller for a 24-yard touchdown and a 2-point conversion with 1:54 remaining to seal it for the Jets, wearing their navy and gold New York Titans throwback uniforms.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Jets got on the scoreboard early in the second when Favre found Coles streaking across the back of the end zone for a 7-0 lead. Darrelle Revis gave the Jets a 14-0 lead just over a minute later on a 32-yard interception return.
Coles caught his second touchdown pass of the game with 7:17 left in the half as he went uncovered down the left sideline as defensive back Eric Green crumpled to the turf near the line of scrimmage with a sprained right knee.
Favre and Coles connected for the third time on a 2-yard score with 10 seconds left in the half to make it 31-0.
Arizona002114-35New York034022-56 Second Quarter
NY-Coles 12 pass from Favre (Feely kick), 14:44.
NY-Revis 32 interception return (Feely kick), 13:25.
NY-Coles 34 pass from Favre (Feely kick), 7:17.
NY-FG Feeley 20, 3:32.
NY-Coles 2 pass from Favre (Feely kick), :10.
NY-FG Feely 30, :00.
Ari-James 4 run (Rackers kick), 12:39.
Ari-James 2 run (James run), 5:41.
Ari-Hightower 1 run (pass failed), 2:50.
NY-Cotchery 17 pass from Favre (Feely kick), 11:50.
Ari-Boldin 8 pass from Warner (Rackers kick), 9:49.
NY-Cotchery 40 pass from Favre (Feely kick), 7:26.
Ari-Urban 14 pass from Warner (Rackers kick), 4:49.
NY-Keller 24 pass from Favre (Washington run), 1:54.
AriNYFirst downs3323Total Net Yards468373Rushes-yards15-4226-89Passing426284Punt Returns2-101-9Kickoff Returns8-1923-39Interceptions Ret.1-393-38Comp-Att-Int40-57-324-34-1Sacked-Yards Lost5-462-5Punts1-39.02-48.0Fumbles-Lost5-40-0Penalties-Yards11-714-61Time of Possession31:0029:00 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING-Arizona, James 9-29, Hightower 6-13. New York, Jones 18-46, Washington 7-26, J.Smith 1-17.
PASSING-Arizona, Warner 40-57-3-472. New York, Favre 24-34-1-289.
RECEIVING-Arizona, Boldin 10-119, Breaston 9-122, Fitzgerald 8-122, Urban 5-50, James 5-37, Patrick 1-11, T.Smith 1-6, Hightower 1-5. New York, Coles 8-105, Cotchery 4-67, Washington 4-17, Franks 2-32, Jones 2-23, Stuckey 2-12, Keller 1-24, Baker 1-9.
MISSED FIELD GOAL-New York, Feely 44 (WL).