Packers-Vikings: game notes

Jennings, Favre on same page for big TD; injury report; Favre, Driver notes

Maybe it was a case of being in the right place at the right time, or more likely being on the same page, but Greg Jennings has been on the receiving end of a pair of big plays with Brett Favre since he returned from a hamstring injury last week against the San Diego Chargers.

A week after his 57-yard touchdown reception that gave the Packers the go-ahead score against the Chargers and helped Favre tie Dan Marino's touchdown record of 420, Jennings caught Favre's pass for TD No. 421 in Green Bay's 23-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

Though Jennings missed Green Bay's first two games due to his injury, the chemistry that he has developed with Favre is reaching a high boil.

"Greg's an outstanding player, first of all," said Favre. "I think whoever he plays with will find chemistry with him rather quickly. He has this savviness about him that's rare."

Late in the first quarter, with the Packers on Minnesota's 16 yard line, Favre made a change at the line of scrimmage with tight end Donald Lee. With the 40-second clock winding down, Favre tapped Lee on the backside and told him to change his route to the corner of the end zone. Favre explained afterward that moving Lee to the flat would free up the middle of the field for Jennings, whose route was an inside slant against rookie cornerback Marcus McCauley. Realizing that the Vikings were about to blitz, all Favre had to do was glance at Jennings, a flashback to last Sunday when he caught a pass over a middle and broke free for the go-ahead score.

"We both looked at each other and it was like last week," said Jennings. "It was a second window throw. I knew it, he knew it and it was just a matter of connecting."

Jennings was one of 10 receivers to catch passes from Favre against the Vikings. He finished with 3 catches for 43 yards and his second touchdown of the season

"Being an option after the many, several touchdown recipients that have caught some of his balls, coming down to my touchdown catch after the 100 years that he has played … just to be able to go out there and be a recipient felt great," Jennings said.

Injury report
Cornerback Al Harris injured his hand while making a tackle in the third quarter, but returned to play in the fourth quarter after undergoing X-Rays in the locker room. Harris also was bothered by re-curring back spasms.

Safety Nick Collins sustained a knee injury while tackling Adrian Peterson on Peterson's 56-yard run in the second quarter. Collins returned to play in the third quarter.

Brett Favre:
-- By throwing for 344 yards, Favre notched his 50th career 300-yard game passing.

-- Favre started at quarterback for the 241st straight time in his career (261 including playoffs), the league's second-longest starting streak on record, surpassing Vikings center Mick Tinglehoff (240).

-- Favre now has thrown 51 career touchdowns against the Vikings.

-- 42 different players have been on the receiving end of a Brett Favre touchdown pass, and one will be etched into the record books with the next record-breaking touchdown.

Donald Driver: -- Driver has made a reception in 84 consecutive games, the franchise's second-longest streak behind Sterling Sharpe's 103 (1988-94).

-- In the past six games against the Vikings, Driver has 46 catches for 708 yards (118 per game) and five touchdowns, including a career-best 191 yards last year in a game at Minnesota.

Extra points
-- While Greg Jennings caught Favre's 421st touchdown pass, wide receiver James Jones caught the first touchdown pass of his career and became the 43rd receiver to catch a touchdown pass in Favre's career.

-- Johnny Jolly's fumble recovery in the first quarter was his first of his career. Jolly picked up a loose ball and rambled 21 yards to the Vikings' 46, setting up Favre's historic touchdown pass to Jennings.

-- Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila had two sacks to give him 68 ½ for his career, moving him into a tie with the late Reggie White for the Packers' sack record.

-- The Vikings had gone 19 straight possessions without scoring a touchdown before Kelly Holcomb completed a pass to Sidney Rice in the end zone with 1:55 left in the game to close the Vikings to 23-16.

-- RB Brandon Jackson was deactivated for the game after he aggravated a strained shin in practice Sept. 26. Jackson had started at halfback the first three games. Fellow rookie DeShawn Wynn was the starter Sunday.

-- DT Justin Harrell missed his fourth straight game, though this year's first-round draft pick was a medical scratch for the first time. Harrell suffered a sprained knee in the Sept. 26 practice.

-- LB Desmond Bishop was out for the second straight game because of a sprained shoulder. The rookie special-teams contributor practiced last week and was probable for the game.


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