In the midst of his 18th season in the NFL, quarterback Brett Favre has seen a lot. So he realizes that his emotions after a game are going to be heightened because of the circumstances.
That was the case when he met the media after the Jets' 34-31 overtime victory over New England last Thursday.
When asked where it ranks among the victories he's had in his storied career, Favre replied, "It ranks right up there near the top. Being in the moment, it's easy to say it may be at the top."
Remember, this is coming from a man who quarterbacked Green Bay to a Super Bowl victory in January, 1997. But Favre and his teammates had plenty of reason to be excited, having beaten a New England team that had haunted them through most of the decade, and had won 11 of the previous 12 meetings between the AFC East rivals.
What really impressed Favre was that the Jets had blown a 24-6 second-quarter lead and a 31-24 fourth-quarter lead before putting together an overtime drive to win it.
Favre is tempering his ad-lib style to be more systematic (AP Photo)
"We could've easily folded," Favre said. "There were a lot of things in this game that happened based on the history. I'm sure most people were betting against us. We found a way to win the game and I think it says a lot about our team at this point. ... We have football left to play and you can easily forget about this game based on what you do from this point forward. Who knows what happens from this point forward, but I think it does a lot for our team."
The Jets will try to build on their four-game winning streak when they visit unbeaten Tennessee on Sunday. The Titans trailed Jacksonville 14-3 at halftime yet scored 21 unanswered second-half points for the victory. Tennessee demonstrated a deep passing game in that victory, as Kerry Collins connected with Justin Gage on second-half scores of 56 and 38 yards.
Of course, Favre is quite experienced at matching opponents score-for-score, as he had to do against the Patriots. Had Tennessee lost, the Jets even could've started dreaming about a possible No. 1 seed down the road in the AFC playoffs, but the second seed certainly is wide open at this point. The Jets have won their last two road games, and are 3-0 away from home in the division this season.
But as Favre said, "We cannot go through the rest of this season banking on what we did (at New England). As great as it was, we have to enjoy it until Monday and get ready to play the next game."
They Said It: "This means we're in first (place). Now we have to stay there." -- LB David Bowens.
Quick Hit: After throwing seven interceptions in the Jets' three October games, Brett Favre has cleaned things up. In the last three games, he has thrown only one pick, and had three touchdown passes in that span, giving him 18 TD passes and 12 interceptions through 10 games.
--WR Jerricho Cotchery had five receptions for 87 yards and one touchdown, including a twisting, rolling 46-yarder in which he pinned the ball against his helmet with his left arm while on the ground.
--K Jay Feely connected on both of his field-goal attempts, hitting from 22 yards in the first quarter and a 34-yarder to win the game in OT. As he did before the previous game, Feely won a kicking competition with incumbent Mike Nugent in practice. Nugent has missed nine straight games since suffering a strained right thigh on opening day at Miami.
--CB Ty Law played often in his return to the NFL after being a free agent through the first two-plus months of the season. In fact, Law often was given the assignment of covering Randy Moss, which spoke volumes about how the Jets coaches feel about some of their young defensive backs.
--RB/KR Leon Washington had four kickoff returns for 177 yards, including a 92-yard touchdown, his first of the season on a kickoff. He returned three kickoffs for scores in 2007. Washington also had five carries for 18 yards and two catches for 17 yards and a touchdown.
--ILB David Harris sat out a third straight game because of a groin injury suffered against Kansas City on Oct. 26. He was replaced in the starting lineup for the third straight time by David Bowens, who had one-half sack and a quarterback pressure.