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Epic stats aside, Cassel outplayed by Favre downfield

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
One last look at the quarterback play from Thursday night's thrilling showdown between the New York Jets and New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium:

Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel had a monster game in defeat. He threw for 400 yards and three touchdowns and led the Patriots with 62 rushing yards.

While Cassel compiled better stats that Brett Favre, the old legend was much more effective in throwing downfield.

ESPN's Stats and Information department tracked every throw and found that when each quarterback threw the ball 10 or more years in the air, Favre had more impact.

Favre completed each of his seven throws for nearly 20 yards a pop and a touchdown.

All of Cassel's touchdowns fell under this category, throwing into the end zone from 19, 10 and 16 yards out. But Cassel completed less than half of his long throws, averaging only 6.4 yards per attempt.