Final

Jets 20

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Dolphins 14

(0-1, 0-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, September 7, 2008

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
NYJ 7 6 7 020
MIA 0 7 0 714

Top Performers

Passing: C. Pennington (MIA) - 251 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Jones (NYJ) - 22 CAR, 101 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Fasano (MIA) - 8 REC, 84 YDS, 1 TD

Favre throws for two TDs in Jets' victory

Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) -- Brett Favre sank to one knee on the sideline, helplessly watching the Miami Dolphins try to upstage his comeback with one of their own.

Six months after Favre began a brief retirement, he made a stirring debut Sunday as Broadway Brett. But in the final minute the Dolphins marched down the field while Favre's New York Jets clung to six-point lead.

Fast Facts

• Brett Favre won his 161st game, extending his NFL record.

• The Jets have now won five straight and 17 of their past 21 meetings with the Dolphins.

• Ricky Williams was held to 24 yards rushing as the Dolphins lost for the 19th time in the last 20 games.

-- ESPN Research

What was he thinking?

"Don't score," he said.

Simple enough. Favre's new beginning had a happy ending when Darrelle Revis intercepted Chad Pennington in the end zone with 5 seconds left, and the Jets won 20-14.

"It was shaky, but it's a good start," Favre said. "It's a win, and you can never question a win."

Favre hardly looked like the retiring type, raising his arms to signal a touchdown, then leaping and skipping to the bench, where he vaulted into the arms of two teammates. That was after he threw a 56-yard touchdown pass on New York's second series.

He later improvised on fourth down for a 22-yard scoring pass, and finished 15-for-22 for 194 yards and his 161st victory, extending his NFL record for starting quarterbacks.

Favre said the game left him glad he's still playing at age 38, and after 16 seasons in Green Bay, he feels at home with his new team.

"I know I made the right decision," he said in his Mississippi drawl. "I'm a New York Jet. I don't know about a native New Yorkian, or however you say it. Hey, I'm happy to be a Jet."

For the Dolphins, the loss marked a disappointing start to the Bill Parcells era, and it was painfully reminiscent of last year's 1-15 team. Parcells took over last December, but despite turning over more than half the roster and hiring Tony Sparano as coach, the Dolphins gave up too many big plays and sputtered on offense until their frantic late rally.

"If we had made just one more play, we could have won the game," receiver Greg Camarillo said. "That's what hurts."

Pennington, playing against the team that released him in favor of Favre, drew boos early before finishing 26-for-43 for 251 yards.

"I just hate losing," Pennington said. "I hate it as bad as you can imagine. It doesn't matter if it's the Jets or anyone else, a loss hurts bad."

New York's Dwight Lowery batted away a pass by Pennington in the end zone on fourth down with 9 minutes left, but the Dolphins kept coming. They converted a fourth-and-7 during a 53-yard drive that ended with Pennington's 11-yard touchdown pass to David Martin, making it 20-14 with 3:27 left.

After New York punted, the Dolphins started from their 39 with 1:43 left. They reached the Jets' 18, but when Pennington tried to hit Ted Ginn Jr. in the corner of the end zone, Revis had position and made a one-handed interception.

That clinched the Jets' fifth consecutive win over their AFC East rivals.

NY Jets  vs. Miami Highlights

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Brett Favre gets a win in his debut as the Jets defeat the Dolphins 20-14.

Favre was traded to New York after his decision to delay retirement led to a messy divorce with the Packers. The Jets hope Favre can transform a team that went 4-12 last year into a playoff contender, and it didn't take long for him to make an impact.

Wearing his familiar No. 4, Favre went deep on the first play of the Jets' second possession. Jerricho Cotchery caught the long pass at the 5 and scored to complete the 56-yard play. At the other end of the field, Favre celebrated like a rookie.

Cotchery said he wasn't surprised Favre hit him in stride.

"After working with him for a month, nothing surprises me about the guy," Cotchery said.

With the score 7-all and Jets kicker Mike Nugent nursing a thigh injury suffered in the first quarter, the Jets decided to go for a touchdown on fourth-and-13. Under heavy pressure, Favre shrugged off 305-pound defensive end Randy Starks, and as he was sandwiched by two defenders, he threw a dying-quail pass that found an open Chansi Stuckey for the go-ahead touchdown.

"He's a miracle worker," Dolphins fullback Boomer Grigsby said. "He threw that thing in the air and God said, 'Brett Favre will have a touchdown pass.' And he did. That's Brett Favre being Brett Favre."

Game notes


The game was a sellout, but there were more than 15,000 empty seats. ... The Jets' Thomas Jones scored on a 6-yard run to match his rushing TD total of last year. ... Of Pennington's 26 completions, 20 went to running backs or tight ends. ... Miami tackle Jake Long, the first overall pick in this year's draft, drew penalties for tripping and holding.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NYJ
MIA
1st Downs1518
Passing 1st downs
715
Rushing 1st downs
62
1st downs from penalties
21
3rd down efficiency
5-133-13
4th down efficiency
1-11-2
Total Plays5664
Total Yards293277
Yards per play5.24.3
Total Drives1212
Passing181228
Comp-Att
15-2226-43
Yards per pass
7.24.9
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-134-23
Rushing11249
Rushing Attempts
3117
Yards per rush
3.62.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-32-4
Penalties7-404-59
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession31:0128:59

Passing Leaders

NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre15/221948.8203-13
MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Pennington26/432515.8214-23

Rushing Leaders

NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones221014.6114
Washington691.505
MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams10242.406
Brown6233.807

Receiving Leaders

NYJRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cotchery38026.7156
Stuckey23718.5122
MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Fasano88410.5117
Martin45313.3124

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNYJMIA
nyjTD8:52Jerricho Cotchery, 56 yd pass from Brett Favre (Mike Nugent kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 56 yds, 0:00
70
SECOND QUARTERNYJMIA
miaTD12:46Anthony Fasano, 5 yd pass from Chad Pennington (Dan Carpenter kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 78 yds, 5:50
77
nyjTD7:02Chansi Stuckey, 22 yd pass from Brett Favre(Brett Favre pass to Leon Washington for 2pt conversion failed)
Drive info: 11 plays, 60 yds, 5:49
137
THIRD QUARTERNYJMIA
nyjTD1:13Thomas Jones, 6 yd run (Mike Nugent kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 69 yds, 5:51
207
FOURTH QUARTERNYJMIA
miaTD3:33David Martin, 11 yd pass from Chad Pennington (Dan Carpenter kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 53 yds, 3:21
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