No shortage of drama in NFL openers
Big-time rivalries yielded sizzling finishes on opening weekend of the NFL season.
Cincinnati blew a 15-0 lead before making enough big plays to down Baltimore. And Miami dominated in the second half to drop New England into last place - last place! - in the AFC East.
Sure, it's only Week 1, but those were pretty memorable results.
''Well, that was exciting, wasn't it?'' joked Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who could do without such stress.
STEELERS 30, BROWNS 27
At Pittsburgh, Suisham drilled a 41-yard field goal as time expired.
Roethlisberger hit Wheaton twice on the winning drive in sending the Browns to their 10th straight season-opening loss. Roethlisberger passed for 365 yards and a touchdown.
Hoyer threw for 230 yards and a score in leading the comeback, which should strengthen his grip on the starting job over rookie Johnny Manziel.
''I told those guys at the end of the game that I'll take that team to the end of the Earth if we're going to fight back like that,'' Hoyer said.
BENGALS 23, RAVENS 16
At Baltimore, the ball popped from Green's grasp before he gathered it in and sped to the end zone. It was the first win in four tries for Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton.
That TD, along with the 2-point conversion, came 48 seconds after Baltimore newcomer Steve Smith caught an 80-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco.
''There are a lot of tough places to play in this league and this is certainly one of the toughest,'' Dalton said.
Mike Nugent kicked five field goals for the Bengals.
FALCONS 38, SAINTS 34, OT
At Atlanta, Bryant kicked a 51-yard field goal on the final play of regulation, then booted a 52-yarder in overtime.
In another thriller between the NFC South rivals, Matt Ryan threw for a franchise-record 448 yards.
The teams combined for 17 points in the final 2:50 of the fourth quarter to force overtime. The Saints got the ball first, but Marques Colston fumbled after catching a pass over the middle. The Falcons recovered at the Saints 38; after three plays gained only 4 yards, Bryant booted through another long field goal.
DOLPHINS 33, PATRIOTS 20
It was New England's first loss in an opener since 2003, and marks the first time the Patriots will not be at least tied for the AFC East lead since Week 3 of 2012.
BILLS 23, BEARS 20, OT
The Bears punted to open the extra period and Buffalo took over on its 22. The Bills (1-0) got to the Chicago 39 when Jackson turned toward the left side and broke off his big run, pushing safety Chris Conte out of the way twice inside the 10.
Carpenter won it with a 27-yarder.
EAGLES 34, JAGUARS 17
Chad Henne threw two touchdown passes to rookie Allen Hurns in the first quarter. But the Eagles scored TDs on their first two possessions in the third quarter. Cody Parkey hit a 51-yard field goal on his first career attempt in the fourth quarter to tie it 17-17.
Then Foles made a perfect deep throw to a wide-open Maclin for the longest pass of his career to put the Eagles ahead 24-17.
BRONCOS 31, COLTS 24
At Denver, Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes to tight end Julius Thomas in the first half. In his second try, Manning beat his old team and joined Brett Favre as the only quarterbacks to beat each of the current 32 NFL franchises.
''It means I'm old,'' Manning said with a laugh.
Luck brought the Colts within a touchdown when he found Hakeem Nicks for a 9-yard strike with 3:26 remaining. But Indy's last drive stalled at midfield when rookie Bradley Roby broke up a fourth-and-6 pass to Reggie Wayne.
49ERS 28, COWBOYS 17
Coming off a spotty preseason for his offense, Kaepernick was efficient if not prolific, going 16 of 23 for 201 yards without an interception.
Romo was playing his first meaningful game for the Cowboys since back surgery in December.
TEXANS 17, REDSKINS 6
The Texans led 7-6 after a 76-yard touchdown reception by DeAndre Hopkins in the second quarter. Blue blocked Washington's punt on the next drive, scooped it up and returned it 5 yards to push the lead to 14-6 in Bill O'Brien's first game as an NFL head coach.
First overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney had a tackle for a loss in the first half before leaving with a knee injury.
Robert Griffin III threw for 267 yards, but Washington was done in by two second-half fumbles in Jay Gruden's debut as an NFL head coach.
VIKINGS 34, RAMS 6
TITANS 26, CHIEFS 10
JETS 19, RAIDERS 14
At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Chris Ivory burst through a few tackle attempts for a 71-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter, and the Jets' defense clamped down on Oakland rookie quarterback Derek Carr.
A 2-point conversion failed after Ivory's score, but the Jets held on to win their season opener.
PANTHERS 20, BUCCANEERS 14
Despite rallying with two late TDs, it was an ugly debut for the Bucs under coach Lovie Smith. The defense applied little pressure on Anderson, and an offense that was among the worst in the NFL in 2013 showed few signs of improvement until midway through the fourth quarter.
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