Wide receiver Greg Jennings returned in the nick of time for the Packers. Jennings, who missed the first two games of the season with a pulled hamstring, caught the go-ahead touchdown en route to Green Bay's upset win over the San Diego Chargers Sunday at Lambeau Field.
Jennings finished with four catches for 82 yards, an average of 20.5 yards per catch, and a 57-yard touchdown reception with 2:03 left in the game that vaulted the Packers into the lead, 24-21.
The big play called for Jennings to run a slant pattern over the middle, an 'X-slant, drag slant,' according to coach Mike McCarthy. Jennings, Favre's first read, on the play caught the pass in stride ahead of cornerback Antonio Cromartie at about the Chargers' 47-yard line and ran untouched the rest of the way into the end zone.
"It was just one of those plays where the corner was kind of pressed, kind of headed off to the outside," Jennings said. "I knew he was coming to me, so I had to give him a little time, work the corner and everything else kind of played out to my advantage. He pretty much did the hard work, I just caught it and ran."
Though Jennings has practiced little over the past two weeks with the team, he was cleared to play on Friday. He started in place of James Jones, who had started in the Packers' first two games.
"He was ready to go and did a nice job," McCarthy said.
Driver establishes new highs
Wide receiver Donald Driver led the Packers with six catches for 126 yards and one touchdown against the Chargers. In the process, he reached new heights in his career:
-- With his first catch of the game, Driver surpassed Antonio Freeman (213 receptions) as Lambeau Field's all-time leader in receptions. Driver now has 219 catches at the historic stadium. Freeman played for the Packers from 1995-2001, and in 2003.
-- The 5-yard touchdown pass from Favre to Driver in the second quarter was the duo's 36th career touchdown combination. The pair now stands third on the franchise's all-time list of TD combinations, surpassing Lynn Dickey and Paul Coffman (35 touchdowns).
-- Driver recorded his 17th career 100-yard receiving game, which moves him into a three-way tie with No. 6 Billy Howton and Max McGee on the Packers' all-time list.
-- Driver now has a reception in 83 consecutive games, the franchise's second-longest streak behind Sterling Sharpe's 103 (1988-94).
"To be the all-time reception leader at Lambeau, words can't even explain it," Driver said. "You've got so many great guys that have played here, from Don Hutson to Max McGee, Bill Schroeder, Robert Brooks, Sterling Sharpe, James Lofton, Antonio Freeman, the list goes on and on, those guys had great careers here. For me to be the all-time at Lambeau, I guess, it's shocking. I never thought to myself that I'd be able to accomplish this many goals. But I still got a long way to go. I'm hoping to set a record that Greg (Jennings) and James Jones and Ruvell (Martin) can't break, so I'm going to try to hold onto it for a long time."
The Packers did not sustain any major injuries during the game, though, a few players left temporarily before returning.
-- Safety Nick Collins injured his back early in third quarter, but returned to play in next series.
-- Defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins left the game after getting the wind knocked out of him early in the fourth quarter, but returned for the next series.
-- Donald Driver was shaken up at the end of a 24-yard reception to the Chargers’ 46. Driver was pushed out of bounds by cornerback Drayton Florence, but returned to the game.
Driver also was hit in the head by safety Marlon McCree in the first quarter that left Driver shaken up. Driver lost his helmet and McCree was penalized for unnecessary roughness.
-- Though running back Brandon Jackson started the game, Ryan Grant took the first two carries of the game. Grant, acquired in a trade from the New York Giants earlier this month, finished the game with 10 yards on three carries. He caught one pass for minus 3 yards.
-- Linebacker A.J. Hawk led the Packers will 11 tackles. Safety Atari Bigby had 10 tackles.
-- Defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila recorded his first two sacks of the season. He also forced a fumble and had one quarterback hit. Gbaja-Biamila needs two sacks to match Reggie White's franchise record of 68 1/2 sacks.
-- The Packers' win against San Diego enabled them to become the first team in franchise history to start 3-0 with all three wins against teams that reached the playoffs in the previous year.
-- The Packers opened the season 3-0 for the first time since 2001.
-- Favre extended the league's consecutive starts by a quarterback record Sunday, making his 240th consecutive start. It ties him with Vikings center Mick Tinglehoff for the NLF's second-longest starting streak on record.
-- Favre notched his 38th game-winning comeback (fourth-quarter deficit or tie) of his career, and his second of the season (vs. Philadelphia). It is the first time since 2004 (Dec. 24, at Minnesota) that Favre has thrown a touchdown pass for the win. The five previous fourth quarter victories were won on field goals.
-- Brandon Jackson scored his first career touchdown on 1-yard plunge with 59 seconds left in the game for the game-winning score. DeShawn Wynn has Green Bay's other two rushing touchdowns.
-- Long snapper Rob Davis has now played in 78 games at Lambeau Field, surpassing LeRoy Butler and placing him third on the stadium's all-time list.