Amid allegations that he sent lewd photos to a Jets sideline reporter during his tenure with the New York Jets, Brett Favre proved that he can still flat out throw the football. The Viking QB surpassed 70,000 yards passing and threw for his 500th touchdown in a game that the Vikings lost 29 – 20 to the New York Jets. As if to remind all that this prolific passer is sometimes turnover prone, Favre also set a NFL record for fumbles with his 161st.
Favre surpassed the 70,000 yard mark at 3:37 left in the 3rd quarter when he connected with Percy Harvin on a 22 yard pass play. The Vikings were aligned in a two back shotgun set with Harvin in the slot. Harvin ran a 12 yard dig route before catching the ball and turning up field for 10 more yards. The play resulted in a Viking first down at the Jet 30. Brett Favre is the only player in NFL history to throw for more than 70,000 yards.
On a 3rd and 17 later during the same drive, Favre became the first player in NFL history to throw for more than 500 touchdowns by completing a 37 yard TD pass to Randy Moss. Favre lined up in the shotgun with single back Adrian Peterson and trips to the left. Randy Moss drew man to man coverage as the wide receiver to the right because the Jets blitzed. Demonstrating his mastery of defenses and the ability to throw the football, Brett Favre dropped the ball through the chimney to Randy Moss in the front corner of the end zone.
Despite passing for 264 yards and 3 TD’s, Favre only completed 14 of 34 attempts and turned the ball over 3 times, including the game clinching interception for a TD to Dwight Lowery in the Vikings loss to the Jets. The Jets constantly applied pressure to the Minnesota veteran, perhaps trying to take advantage of his advanced age. Favre, at points though, looked like he was 10 years younger.
Favre, despite the loss, the controversy and his age, proved once again on Monday Night Football that he can still throw the football as well as any quarterback that has ever played the game.