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Favre Delivers Mile-High, Magical Finish

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Published:   |   Updated: March 27, 2013 at 03:40 AM

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DENVER - It was another signature moment in a career that is full of them.

On the first play following the kickoff in overtime, Brett Favre connected on an 82-yard touchdown pass with Greg Jennings and the Green Bay Packers defeated the Denver Broncos 19-13 on Monday night.

Denver had tied the score at 13 on Jason Elam's 21-yard field goal as time ran out in regulation, setting the stage for another Favre comeback.

Green Bay (6-1) won the coin toss and, on the first play from scrimmage, Jennings was matched up in man-to-man coverage on the left side. Favre, who threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to James Jones in the first half, hit Jennings in stride at the Denver 40. Cornerback Dre' Bly had no shot at catching the speedy wide receiver who trotted into the end zone as Favre rushed to celebrate Green Bay's first 6-1 start in five years.

The Broncos (3-4) sent it into overtime with a drive that began at their own 7 with 2:27 left.

Out of timeouts, the field goal unit scrambled onto the field and Elam calmly nailed the kick, just as he did two months ago when the Broncos ran the same fire drill to beat Buffalo as time expired in the opener.

The Packers won the flip and Favre found Jennings isolated along the left sideline just as Jones was in the first half, when he beat Champ Bailey for the score.

Favre, who was criticized for a series of underthrown passes against Washington last week, made it a double-whammy.

Green Bay drove the ball inside the Broncos 5 yard line twice in the second quarter only to settle for Mason Crosby's 19- and 26-yard kicks.

Ryan Grant, a seldom-used tailback, had 22 carries for 104 yards at the end of regulation.

Bailey was burned by Jones for a 79-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Jones caught Favre's pass in stride down the sideline, cut back across the field to avoid Nick Ferguson and used back judge Jim Howey, who threw an unintentional block on Bly, to help get him into the end zone.

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