At the conclusion of the 2008 season the Miami Dolphins faced the New York Jets in a “win and you’re in” contest. The Jets jettisoned long time starter Chad Pennington in favor of former Green Bay Packer star Brett Favre. The Dolphins were reeling off an improbable season on the feet of Ronnie Brown and the wild-cat formation but it was the return of Pennington to New York that gained the most attention.
The Jets jumped out to an early 2nd quarter lead on a 13 yard Brett Favre touchdown pass to Laverneous Coles. Miami answered with a 27 yard touchdown from Pennington to Ted Ginn, Jr. over Darrelle Revis coverage. Pennington would almost match his replacement on the other sideline. Favre would throw for 251 yards and Pennington threw for 200 yards but the difference was the three interceptions that Favre tossed. Including a pick-six by Phillip Merling.
The Dolphins would get knock the Jets out of the post-season in front of their home crowd by using the quarterback that the Jets no longer wanted.
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