Final

Jets 34

(8-3, 4-2 away)

Titans 13

(10-1, 5-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 23, 2008

LP Field, Nashville, TN 

1 2 3 4 T
NYJ 7 3 10 1434
TEN 0 3 0 1013

Top Performers

Passing: K. Collins (TEN) - 243 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: T. Jones (NYJ) - 27 CAR, 96 YDS

Receiving: L. Coles (NYJ) - 7 REC, 88 YDS, 1 TD

Jets continue to soar, send Titans to first loss of season

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Brett Favre gave the Tennessee Titans a painful reminder Sunday. He will pick apart the best NFL defenses when given too much time.

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Favre threw two touchdown passes, Leon Washington ran for two scores and the New York Jets served notice they will be a factor in the AFC this season by routing the Titans 34-13, ending the perfect start by the NFL's last undefeated team.

"I'm not going to sit here and say we've established ourselves as the best team in football," Favre said. "All it says is I think we beat the best team in football today, definitely if you go by record and the way that they've played. They have been the best team in football."

The Jets (8-3) came in atop the AFC East after a victory over New England at Foxborough. They have won five straight for the first time since October 2004 and seven of their last eight. The win also pulled them within two of Tennessee (10-1) with five to play in the race for home-field advantage through the playoffs.

Fast Facts

• Jets doubled their win total from 2007 season (from four to eight) and have won five in row.

• Jets end Titans' unbeaten season, snapping their 13-game regular-season win streak.

• The Jets' Brett Favre won at his 32nd different stadium in regular season, most by any quarterback in the Super Bowl era (since 1966, Dan Marino, 31).

• The Jets' Thomas Jones had a touchdown catch. His teams have won the last 16 games he's scored a TD.

-- ESPN research

• Rapid Reaction

Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas called it a statement to the rest of the NFL.

"Now people are going to start looking at us and say, 'They are a team you have to reckon with," Thomas said.

New York coach Eric Mangini said he was proud of his team for playing, and winning, in a challenging environment. The Titans sold out their 101st consecutive game.

"We've been down here the last three years. It's loud, and it's always been a tough place to play," Mangini said.

The Titans had won 13-straight regular-season games dating to Dec. 16, 2007, in becoming only the 11th team since 1970 to win its first 10 games.

"It was a great run, and we've got to win our next game," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said of playing Detroit on Thursday.

This time, the NFL's stingiest scoring defense that had been allowing 13.1 points per game had no answer for Favre and the Jets, even with the return of defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch.

The Jets spread out Tennessee, Favre threw fast and often, and they wore the Titans' defense down by keeping it on the field for more than 40 minutes. New York overcame two turnovers and two sacks in the first half by outgaining Tennessee on offense 409-281.

"We really didn't have an answer for it today," Vanden Bosch said. "Favre had a really good game. Give him credit. We knew what to expect from him. He's a great player, and he beat us today."

Not that they got any help from their own offense.

"It felt like we were on the sideline forever just watching Brett Favre play," Titans fullback Ahmard Hall said. "The defense, I felt bad that we on offense couldn't get anything going and keep them off the field."

This was only the third game in NFL history featuring two starting quarterbacks with more than 100,000 yards combined yards passing in Favre and Kerry Collins.

Favre threw for 224 yards and had much more help than Collins, whose receivers dropped at least five passes in the first half, including one by Bo Scaife in Jets territory with room to run. Favre took advantage of a Titans' secondary featuring Chris Carr starting at cornerback in place of Nick Harper, and he was flagged twice on one drive for pass interference.

With the win, Favre broke a tie with Dan Marino for victories in the most NFL stadiums by winning in his 32nd at LP Field.

Washington scored on runs of 61 and 4 yards in the fourth quarter as the Jets padded their lead. Jay Feely also kicked two field goals.

The Jets led 10-3 at halftime and could have had an even bigger margin if not for two turnovers -- the first at the Tennessee 21 at the end of the first quarter. Favre could not have started hotter as he completed his first eight passes for 89 yards, the sixth a 10-yard TD pass to Thomas Jones on the opening drive.

The Titans went three-and-out on three of their first five drives and had only 55 yards offense until a final drive just before halftime when Rob Bironas finally put Tennessee on the scoreboard with a 43-yard field goal. Bironas added a 49-yarder in the fourth quarter.

By the time Collins tossed a 6-yard TD pass to Hall, it was too late. They finished with just 45 yards rushing.

"We are a very confident team anyway, but coming in here and doing this and getting it done, that can only help us," Jets safety Kerry Rhodes said.

Game notes


The Jets improved to 9-0 when Jones scores a touchdown. ... Jones had a chance for his third straight 100-yard game, but finished with 96 yards on 27 carries. Washington finished with 82 yards on eight carries... Favre had been 0-1 at LP Field, losing in his first visit here with Green Bay in 2001. ... Tennessee becomes the fifth team the Jets have held to 50 yards rushing or less. The Titans finished with a season-low 45. ... Chris Johnson's fumble in the third quarter was the first of the rookie's career. ... Tennessee punter Craig Hentrich played his 234th career game, passing Rohn Stark for eighth all-time.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NYJ
TEN
1st Downs2816
Passing 1st downs
1414
Rushing 1st downs
91
1st downs from penalties
51
3rd down efficiency
7-134-11
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays7351
Total Yards409281
Yards per play5.65.5
Total Drives1010
Passing217236
Comp-Att
25-3221-39
Yards per pass
6.45.9
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-71-7
Rushing19245
Rushing Attempts
3911
Yards per rush
4.94.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-61-2
Penalties3-278-60
Turnovers21
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession40:3019:30

Passing Leaders

NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre25/322247.0212-7
TENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Collins21/392436.2101-7

Rushing Leaders

NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones27963.6019
Washington88210.3261
TENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson10464.6024
White1-1-1.00-1

Receiving Leaders

NYJRECYDSAVGTDLG
Coles78812.6125
Cotchery6559.2016
TENRECYDSAVGTDLG
McCareins44310.8014
Jones44010.0023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNYJTEN
nyjTD9:01Thomas Jones 10 Yard Pass From Brett Favre (Jay Feely Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 76 yds, 4:35
70
SECOND QUARTERNYJTEN
nyjFG4:04Jay Feely 20 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 13 plays, 78 yds, 7:30
100
tenFG0:56Rob Bironas 43 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 50 yds, 3:08
103
THIRD QUARTERNYJTEN
nyjFG8:11Jay Feely 30 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 13 plays, 66 yds, 6:54
133
nyjTD3:08Laveranues Coles 2 Yard Pass From Brett Favre (Jay Feely Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 35 yds, 4:48
203
FOURTH QUARTERNYJTEN
tenFG12:55Rob Bironas 49 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 47 yds, 5:12
206
nyjTD11:18Leon Washington 61 Yard Run (Jay Feely Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 80 yds, 1:43
276
tenTD9:48Ahmard Hall 6 Yard Pass From Kerry Collins (Rob Bironas Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 66 yds, 1:24
2713
nyjTD2:14Leon Washington 4 Yard Run (Jay Feely Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 75 yds, 7:34
3413