Packers' dynamic duo

Favre, Jennings hooking up more and more for game-changing plays

As Donald Driver accepts his lot as a magnet for double teams, just about every big throw Brett Favre makes to Greg Jennings turns to gold.

Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin stopped short of classifying Jennings ahead of Driver as the No. 1 wideout, but there's no downplaying the unrivaled impact Jennings has made this season for the 7-1 Packers.

"I think it's sometimes just how the ball falls," Philbin said. "Defenses are slanted toward Donald a lot. He's getting more bracket coverage, more rolled corner to his side."

That's often left Jennings, as well as rookie James Jones, free to contend simply with single coverage and deliver big plays.

Favre and Jennings replicated their deep-connection magic from six days earlier in the overtime win at Denver with time running out at Kansas City on Sunday. Favre lofted a 60-yard touchdown pass to a streaking Jennings for the go-ahead score in a 33-22 victory.

"They say speed kills. People don't think we've got too much speed, but it happens sometimes, where you just run and score," Jennings said.

The second-year receiver was supposed to be a clear-out decoy running down the middle of the field on the pivotal play with three minutes left. Favre, though, made the read before the snap that Jennings, lined up in the slot, had one-on-one coverage from linebacker Donnie Edwards. Jennings easily outran Edwards and got behind the help coverage to make the catch in stride.

Jennings had two touchdowns in the game and has a team-high six in 2007, four more than Driver. But Driver, who had a team-high five catches for 99 yards against the Chiefs, leads the Packers with 44 catches for 539 yards.

"You think about those games last year, I had eight catches and 100-some yards, and we lost. Now, I'm catching three balls, and we're winning games," Driver said. "If I can get the double-teams on me, and Greg and James get one-on-one (coverage) and beat it, I'm all for it."

Jennings has proved to be a lucky charm, a year after a promising start to his rookie season was undercut by an ankle injury.

He made the right call with heads for the overtime coin toss against the Broncos on Oct. 29 -- head coach Mike McCarthy admitted later he wanted Jennings to call tails. In turn, Jennings reeled in an 82-yard heave from Favre for the game-winner on the first play from scrimmage.

Earlier in the season, Jennings was on the receiving end of Favre's league-record-tying 420th and league-record-breaking 421st touchdown throws in back-to-back games.

Jennings missed the first two games because of a hamstring injury, but he has regained the breakaway speed that has been invaluable in the deep passing game rekindled with the 38-year-old Favre.

"He still has the arm," Jennings said. "He overthrows us a lot in practice. It's like, 'This guy is 70 years old, and he's overthrowing us!' If he gets it out there and we can get up under it, we know we have a chance to have a big play."

The comeback win Sunday was Favre's first in four meetings with the Chiefs. He joined Indianapolis' Peyton Manning and New England's Tom Brady as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to beat all 31 opponents.

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