Associated Press, Published November 01 2010
NFL: Moss’ return to New England uneventfulFOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Randy Moss’ return to New England was uneventful, then overshadowed.
Moss caught just one pass Sunday in Minnesota’s 38-18 loss to the Patriots, who traded the star receiver to the Vikings just a few weeks earlier.
Moss’ biggest impact was drawing two penalties during a late touchdown drive that got the Vikings back in the game, but cost them quarterback Brett Favre.
The Patriots were called for illegal contact on Moss, who was trying to get open for a pass from Favre before the QB took a shot to the chin that left him needing 10 stitches.
Moss finished with one catch for 8 yards. He exchanged a long hug with Patriots coach Bill Belichick and several former teammates before leaving what was his home field less than a month before.
“He’s a Hall of Famer. He made a lot of great contributions for this team,” Belichick said after the game. “But today he was the competition. That’s the way it is in this league.”
Moss caught 50 touchdowns in 52 games during his time with the Patriots, but did draw a few boos as he and the Vikings took the field for their first series. A foghorn bellowed throughout the stadium drowned out the greeting before Favre handed the ball off on the first play as Moss ran across the middle.
Moss didn’t see the ball until an 8-yard completion from Favre early in the third quarter. Fans barely had time to boo before Favre rolled out on the next play and found Adrian Peterson for a 25-yard pass that set up the Vikings at the 13-yard line and led to the field goal that put Minnesota up 10-7.
He was a non-factor until he drew a pass interference penalty that set up the Vikings with first-and-goal at the 9, then drew another penalty on the play that knocked Favre from the game.