Final

Chiefs 24

(1-6, 0-4 away)

Jets 28

(4-3, 3-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 26, 2008

Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
KC 0 14 3 724
NYJ 7 7 7 728

Top Performers

Passing: B. Favre (NYJ) - 290 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: L. Washington (NYJ) - 3 CAR, 67 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Cotchery (NYJ) - 9 REC, 102 YDS

Favre connects with Coles in final minute to lift Jets to win

Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The bellowing boos said it all.

Brett Favre trudged back to the New York Jets' sideline after throwing his third interception, this one returned for a touchdown, and the fans let him have it.

Fast Facts

• Brett Favre has now thrown seven interceptions in his last three games since a six-touchdown effort against the Cardinals in Week 4.

• One of Favre's interceptions was returned 91 yards for a score by Brandon Flowers, the fifth-longest interception return for a TD in Chiefs history and the team's longest since 1992.

• The Jets' Leon Washington accounted for 274 total yards (67 rushing, 34 receiving, 71 on punt returns, 102 on kickoff returns) and had a rushing and receiving TD. It was Washington's third career multi-TD game and the first receiving TD of his career.

• Tyler Thigpen (25-26, 280 yards) tossed a pair of TD passes for the Chiefs, equaling his career total at the start of the day.

-- ESPN research

"I've heard them in Green Bay before," Favre said. "I don't blame them, but it was a little premature, as we see now."

After struggling all game, Favre connected with Laveranues Coles for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 1 minute left as the Jets escaped with a 28-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

"I knew one thing: I'd go down swinging, however that may be," the 39-year-old Favre said after his 41st career fourth-quarter comeback. "I just wanted to give those guys a chance."

The heavily favored Jets (4-3) overcame three interceptions by Favre and an upset-minded Chiefs (1-6) team using its third-string quarterback.

"I believe that's why they brought him in here," said Coles, who played after suffering a concussion last weekend. "No matter what the circumstances are, he always gives you a chance to win. I know he's a little old, but he still can play."

Leon Washington returned Steve Weatherford's punt 37 yards -- and even dragged the punter on his back for a few of those yards -- to put the Jets in terrific field position at the Chiefs 46.

"Talk about a monkey on your back, huh?" Washington said with a laugh. "You don't want the kicker to tackle you, so I was trying hard to get away from him."

After taking a sack, Favre connected with Chansi Stuckey for 18 yards, Dustin Keller for 5 and Washington for 5 more. After Washington had a 5-yard run, Favre floated a fade pass to Coles, who fought off Dimitri Patterson to make a one-handed catch in the front of the end zone.

"Brett trusted me, gave me a chance at the ball and I was able to make the play," Coles said.

Tyler Thigpen, making his second NFL start, got the Chiefs downfield quickly for one final shot. But his pass on fourth-and-1 to Will Franklin was knocked away by Drew Coleman.

"We had to score and we had to stop them," Favre said, "and we were fortunate to do both."

Favre finished 28-of-40 for 290 yards and two touchdowns and the three INTs. Washington caught a pass for a score and ran another in, and Thomas Jones also ran for a touchdown.

Thigpen was 25-of-37 for 280 yards and touchdowns to Tony Gonzalez and Mark Bradley in relief for the injured Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard, both out for the season with injuries. The Chiefs were also without running back Larry Johnson, suspended for a second straight game for violating team rules.

"Thigpen, for a guy who only started two football games, kept us in the game," said Chiefs coach Herm Edwards, returning to the Meadowlands for the second time since leaving the Jets.

The Chiefs appeared on their way to victory when rookie cornerback Brandon Flowers returned his second interception of the game 91 yards for a touchdown. That gave Kansas City a 24-21 lead with 7:48 left.

"I thought we had it," Gonzalez said. "I definitely thought we had it, especially with the way we were moving the ball the whole game. There was no reason to believe that we couldn't get it done."

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Earlier, the Jets got to work right away, going 73 yards on their opening drive for a 7-0 lead on Washington's 18-yard catch-and-run. New York blew a scoring chance on its next possession when Jay Feely was wide left on a 36-yard field goal.

Kansas City took advantage of another turnover by Favre, whose pass to Cotchery was intercepted by Flowers. Favre stayed on the ground for a few moments after he was hit from behind by Tamba Hali and left guard Alan Faneca fell on him. He was looked at by trainers, but came back in on the Jets' next series.

The Chiefs needed just four plays to capitalize. Gonzalez brought down a high pass from Thigpen in double coverage to tie it.

Washington gave the Jets a 14-7 lead with 1:48 remaining in the half on a career-high 60-yard sprint. The Chiefs tied it with 4 seconds left in the half on an 11-yard catch by Mark Bradley, a play that was originally called incomplete but was overturned by a video review.

New York took a 21-17 lead with 48 seconds left in the third quarter when Jones bulldozed in from 1 yard.

"It's easy to smile and feel good about yourselves as a team when you win a game like that," Favre said. "We have some things to clean up, but 4-3 is not too bad right now."

Game notes


Jets tight end Chris Baker (hip), linebacker David Harris and fullback Tony Richardson left with injuries, while Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (sprained ankle) and cornerback Patrick Surtain (quadriceps) were injured for Kansas City. ... The Jets celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1969 Super Bowl team with a halftime ceremony that included 36 former players, including Joe Namath. ... With six catches, Gonzalez moved into 11th place on the career list with 853 receptions.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Kansas City
NY Jets
1st Downs1722
3rd down efficiency
4-136-11
4th down efficiency
0-10-0
Total Yards330420
Yards per play5.56.4
Total Drives11
Passing250285
Comp-Att
25-3628-41
Yards per pass
6.97.0
Interceptions thrown
03
Sacks-Yards Lost
4-301-5
Rushing80135
Rushing Attempts
2024
Yards per rush
4.05.6
Penalties4-394-20
Turnovers03
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
03
Possession26:4433:16

Passing Leaders

KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Thigpen25/362807.8204-30
NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre28/402907.3231-5
Smith0/100.0000-0

Rushing Leaders

KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Charles5459.0030
Thigpen4205.0010
NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Washington36722.3160
Jones14543.9117

Receiving Leaders

KCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bowe610217.0036
Gonzalez67913.2121
NYJRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cotchery910211.3024
Coles7649.1115

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKCNYJ
TD08:50Leon Washington 18 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Jay Feely Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERKCNYJ
TD13:51Tony Gonzalez 19 Yd Pass From Tyler Thigpen (Connor Barth Kick) 77
TD01:48Leon Washington 60 Yd Run (Jay Feely Kick) 714
TD00:04Mark Bradley 11 Yd Pass From Tyler Thigpen (Connor Barth Kick) 1414
THIRD QUARTERKCNYJ
FG09:51Connor Barth 30 Yd 1714
TD00:48Thomas Jones 1 Yd Run (Jay Feely Kick) 1721
FOURTH QUARTERKCNYJ
TD07:48Brandon Flowers 91 Yd Interception Return (Connor Barth Kick) 2421
TD01:00Laveranues Coles 15 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Jay Feely Kick) 2428