Hobbled Favre has a career day

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Jets' defense rattled and roughed up Kurt Warner in the second quarter, and Brett Favre took care of the rest.

Favre threw a career-high and Jets-record 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.

Arizona wide receiver Anquan Boldin was carted off the field after a scary helmet-to-helmet collision with Eric Smith in the end zone with 27 seconds remaining.

Boldin was moving all his extremities on the field and was talking to his teammates coming off the field and going into the locker room. He was being taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons.

"He's alert," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "He's talking and moving all his extremities. He asked to get up and the doctors won't let him."

New York's defense forced five turnovers — three fumbles and two interceptions — in the first half and the Jets (2-2) set a franchise record by scoring 34 points in the second quarter.

Favre, showing no signs of a left ankle injury that hobbled him during the week, finished 24-for-34 for 289 yards. Coles had eight catches for 105 yards and Jerricho Cotchery had two touchdown catches as the Jets, wearing their navy and gold New York Titans throwback uniforms, scored the second-most points in franchise history.

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.

Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald had eight catches in his 64th career game, making him the third-fastest to 350.

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 16 seconds into the quarter.

Darrelle Revis gave the Jets a 14-0 lead just over a minute later on a 32-yard interception return, the first touchdown of the second-year cornerback's career.

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 Eric Green crumpled to the turf near the line of scrimmage with a sprained right knee.

New York got the ball right back when Smith intercepted Warner on a pass intended for Boldin. Jay Feely kicked a 20-yard field goal with 3:32 remaining in the half to give the Jets a 24-0 lead.

Warner turned the ball over again when he was sacked from behind by Calvin Pace, who forced a fumble that was recovered by David Harris. Favre and Coles connected for the third time on a 2-yard score with 10 seconds left to make it 31-0.

After getting the ball back, the Cardinals chose to run a play instead of taking a knee — and paid for it. Warner was sacked by David Bowens, who knocked the ball out of the quarterback's hands and recovered it. Feely came out and kicked a 30-yard field goal as time expired, and the Jets ran into the locker room to a standing ovation.

James got the Cardinals on the scoreboard on their first possession of the second half, running the ball in from 4 yards. Arizona made it 34-15 on its next possession, capping a 13-play drive with a 2-yard touchdown run and 2-point conversion by James.

The Cardinals recovered an onside kick and drove down the field in seven plays, with Tim Hightower running the ball in from 1 yard to make it 34-21. Arizona again went for a 2-point conversion, but failed.

Favre came back and connected with Cotchery on a 17-yard touchdown with 11:50 remaining, but Boldin had an 8-yard touchdown catch with 9:49 left, making it 41-28.

Again, Favre led the Jets down the field and hit Cotchery again for a 40-yard touchdown.

Share This Story