September 3, 2009
NFL: New York Jets 38, Philadelphia 27
Erik Ainge led a second-half rally Thursday and the New York Jets took some of the luster off a big night for Michael Vick by downing Philadelphia 38-27.
Vick got word earlier in the day that he would be allowed to suit up for the Eagles in the third week of the season, ending a suspension brought on by his dog-fighting conviction.
He then completed 7-of-11 passes and ran for a touchdown in the exhibition game while helping the Eagles build a 24-17 halftime lead.
Ainge led three touchdown drives in the second half and completed two of them with scoring passes. He was a second-round draft choice last year, but saw no action during the regular season.
New York starting quarterback David Sanchez went 5-of-5 for 67 yards and a touchdown in the first half. Ainge hit on 10-of-17 for 180 yards.
Vick's touchdown came on a 2-yard run early in the second quarter on the first play after a New York turnover.
The Jets, who went 2-2 during the exhibition campaign, will open the regular season at Houston. Philadelphia (1-3) will play its first game at Carolina.