EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)—Brett Favre(notes)
brushed off a miserable start with a milestone night that almost led Minnesota back, but Dwight Lowery(notes)
returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown with 1:30 left as the New York Jets
(4-1) beat the Vikings 29-20 on Monday night.
Favre became the first NFL player to throw 500 touchdown passes and for 70,000 yards, but two early fumbles against his former team led to two field goals that helped put the Vikings (1-3) in a 12-0 hole.
Favre’s big night came hours after he apologized to teammates for the distraction caused by an NFL investigation into allegations that he sent racy messages and lewd photos to a Jets game hostess in 2008.
He connected with Randy Moss(notes)
from 37 yards out late in the third to cut the Jets’ lead to 12-7. Less than 5 minutes later, Favre hit Percy Harvin(notes)
for a 34-yard touchdown. Favre’s 2-point conversion try was intercepted.
Kickoff was delayed twice due to heavy rain and lightning in the area.