Favre makes it a sweep, adding Kansas City to complete his list of victims
It was the kind pass Favre has made countless times during a 17-year career that’ll likely land him in the Hall of Fame. The only difference this time was it helped him earn something he didn’t have: a win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Favre passed for 360 yards and hit Jennings on the go-ahead score with 3:05 left, lifting Green Bay to a 33-22 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
"It’s been a heck of a lot of fun,“ said Favre, who was 24-of-34 and is 94 yards short of joining Dan Marino as the only players to pass for 60,000 yards. "It’s been a heck of a ride to this point.“
Favre has a Super Bowl ring, three MVP awards, is the NFL’s career leader in touchdown passes and has won more games than any other quarterback. He’s even thrown more interceptions than anybody else. But for all that Favre’s accomplished, he couldn’t solve the Chiefs.
Favre had lost all three of his meetings against Kansas City, throwing five interceptions, fumbling three times and managing a meager 77.0 quarterback rating. He appeared headed toward another disappointment at Arrowhead Stadium after being forced to dump passes underneath and tossing a pair of interceptions that helped the Chiefs take a 7-6 halftime lead.
However, Favre seemed to find a rhythm after hitting a few mid-range passes early in the third quarter, building his confidence – never a good thing for opponents.
He hit Jennings on a 13-yard catch-and-run over the middle to put Green Bay up 13-7 late in the third quarter, then took the Packers (7-1) down for Mason Crosby’s third of four field goals after Kansas City’s Damon Huard hit Larry Johnson on a 30-yard touchdown.
Huard put the Chiefs back up 22-16 on a 17-yard touchdown pass to Tony Gonzalez in the corner of the end zone, but Favre answered four plays later, splitting two defenders with his floater to Jennings – the same guy he hit for an 82-yard touchdown on the first play of overtime the previous week against Denver.
Crosby added a 45-yard field goal to make it 26-22 and Charles Woodson sealed Green Bay’s sixth straight road victory by returning an interception 46 yards for a touchdown with 59 seconds left.
The victory gave Favre a win over every other NFL team, something Peyton Manning and Tom Brady accomplished just last week.
"He makes plays. That’s why he is a first-round Hall of Fame guy,“ Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said.
Favre’s day ruined what could have been a chance for Kansas City (4-4) to take control of the AFC West after Denver and San Diego each lost. Instead, the Chiefs remain tied with the Chargers after struggling through a dismal first half offensively (62 total yards) and breaking down too often defensively in the second.
"We didn’t lose any ground by losing, so that’s one positive way of looking at it,“ said Huard, who finished 19-of-32 for 213 yards and two touchdowns, with two interceptions. "We just have to stay positive, got to get healthy and try to get ourselves a win.“
Health became a bigger concern when Johnson, Kansas City’s leading rusher, went down with a sprained ankle midway through the fourth quarter.
Johnson, who had a 1-yard touchdown run late in the first half, had to be helped off the field after catching his toe on the turf on a tackle from behind by Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk. Johnson couldn’t put weight on the leg and it’s not clear when he’ll be able to return.
Faced with the thought of playing without Johnson, who has 559 yards on 158 carries, Gonzalez could only grimace.
'"t (the offense) probably wouldn’t look as good,“ Gonzalez said. "Larry’s one of the best running backs in the league.“
The same reverential tone was once used with Favre, who has weathered a few down years and re-established himself among the NFL’s elite, right up there with Manning and Brady, while leading the Packers to the NFC’s best record.
"He knows what he’s doing out there,“ Packers defensive end Tamba Hali said.