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Favre Burns Broncos in OT 19-13 at Invesco

An upset Rod Smith 

The Green Bay Packers are doing whatever they can to hold off the pesky Detroit Lions in the NFC North, and Monday night in Denver they pulled off a little magic to top the Broncos in OT. Led by two big plays from Brett Favre to wide outs James Jones and Greg Jennings, the Packers improved to 6-1 with a 19-13 overtime win over the Broncos. They built 13-7 halftime lead, but allowed the Broncos to sneak back in with two second half field goals to tie the game at 13 heading into overtime. The Pack put to rest the thought of a tie in the division on the first play of OT, as Favre hit Jennings on the first play of overtime with an 82-yard TD to win the game 19-13.

It was the play of the season for the Packers, and per usual, Favre was right in the middle of it. The QB, who has talked about retiring for what seems like forever, hit two long TD passes Monday night and showed that usual veteran poise that is making 2007 seem like 1997 for him all over again. Some say that Favre has lost some zing on the ball, or that he is not the player he use to be, but Monday night he did everything he could to help his team win, which is exactly why the Packers have moved into that upper area of the NFC in 2007.

So while the Pack move ahead, the Broncos, a team that thought they were back in the hunt after last weeks last play win over the Steelers, come back crashing down to earth. Their offense against Pittsburgh attacked all night, making big plays on third down and QB Jay Cutler seemed in control against the Steelers 3-4 defense. Monday night he seemed to be back to being the struggling QB he was the previous three weeks. He was 21-for-34 for 264 yards with one score. The running game, without Travis Henry, was mostly held in check, as rookie Selvin Young rushed for a team high 71 yards on 18 carries.

The Broncos scored on a Cutler to tight end Tony Scheffler score at the 3:52 mark of the first quarter to go up 7-0, but then were unable to crack the end zone the rest of the night, and had to settle for two Jason Elam field goals, the second coming on the last play of regulation to tie the game at 13 and send it into overtime. Denver falls to 3-4 with road games at Detroit and KC up next on their schedule.


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