The big question heading into Monday night's Minnesota Vikings-New York Jets game was how the Vikes would utilize their new weapon, Randy Moss(notes), at wide receiver. But before that question was answered, Brad Childress and the Vikings tried to find out how Moss would perform as a quarterback.
On the first offensive play of the game, the Vikings ran a reverse to Moss, who then ran a few yards upfield and threw the ball to a streaking Brett Favre(notes). The option reverse went for 13 yards and a first down. It was a surprising, laugh-out-loud-awesome way to start the game.
But what the play had in moxie, it lost in design. A flag was thrown because Favre was an ineligible receiver, owing to the fact that he took the snap from under center. Had he lined up in a shotgun, he would have been eligible to catch the ball. Because he got the ball directly from the center, he can't go out for a pass. The Vikes were whistled for a penalty and the play was called back.
The ineligible quarterback rule is a simple concept that the Vikings coaching staff apparently didn't even consider. The play was executed exactly as it was designed, suggesting nobody thought about the rule.
[Related: Brett Favre's tearful apology to teammates]
Later on, Favre and Moss would hook-up for a 37-yard touchdown pass. That one counted.
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