Jets-Redskins: Brett Favre's New York Debut Spoiled By Last-Minute Gaffes

Sergei MiledinAnalyst IAugust 16, 2008

On Saturday night, the Brett Favre saga finally ended when the Hall-of-Fame-bound QB made his New York Jets debut against the Washington Redskins at Giants Stadium. Favre, who was recently acquired by the team from Green Bay, received a standing ovation as he came out to take his first snap.

His first start was short lived, as he finished 5-6 for 48 yards and a TD. In his quick outing, he managed to move gang green down the field, effectively showing off his brilliance with every pass.

While there were no vintage Favre bombs down the field, Jet fans can expect to see that rocket power as his snaps become less limited.

The team would carry the 7-0 lead into the second quarter, until the Redskins got on the board with a 30-yard field goal.

Kellen Clemens took the reins next, but unlike the sharp Favre, he looked incredibly rusty. Clemens went three and out repeatedly, as the Jets failed to enter field-goal range.

Clemens would make way for "the other Brett," but not before showing the crowd what he has learned from a specific ex-quarterback that now resides in the South Beach area.

Brett Ratliff would have the most entertaining time in what was a very mediocre game, going 13-19 for 148 yards.

As Ratliff took the field, half of the stadium had already emptied. The Redskins had also managed to cut the lead to 7-6.

Despite missing from the same spot earlier, kicker Mike Nugent added a 43-yarder to make the score 10-6.

The Redskins suddenly showed signs of life and managed to find the end zone with a 33-yard TD to Jason Goode. Colt Brennan's pass put the Redskins up 13-10 with 1:09 left on the game clock.

Ratliff stepped in and led an impressive drive to the Redskins five-yard line with only mere seconds left.

Nugent returned to send the game to OT on a 23-yard chip shot. However, his kick slammed into the left upright and landed on the wrong side of the bar as the clock expired.

The results of this game indicated a potential drop on the depth chart for Kellen Clemens and the Jets' need for a kicker that can actually kick. Most importantly, the Jets need to make better coaching decisions, even if it just a preseason game.
Coincidentally, Brett Favre's acting debut was also on display, as the 1998 comedy There's Something About Mary aired on HBO just hours after the game.