LOS ANGELES, September 8, 2013 — Thirteen Sunday games and the Thursday night kickoff led to an exciting Week 1. Tim Tebow, Vince Young, Matt Leinart, and JaMarcus Russell will not be discussed for any reason until they play in a game. Even Brady Quinn made a roster.
With that, here are the recaps of the Week 1 games.
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos — No Champ Bailey? No Von Miller? No problem. Peyton Manning threw seven touchdown passes, five of them in the second half. Manning threw for 472 yards as the Broncos made a strong case for their Super Bowl desires. 49-27 Broncos
Oakland Raiders at Indianapolis Colts — The Raiders looked awful in the preseason, but they gave the Colts all they could handle. Oakland led 17-14 in the fourth quarter when Andrew Luck scrambled for a 19-yard touchdown. Terrell Pryor led the Raiders to a 1st and goal at the Indy 8 with one minute to go, but a sack and an interception allowed the Colts to escape with a much tougher than expected win. 21-17 Colts
Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers — Tennessee gave up a safety on the opening kickoff and then shocked the Steelers by dominating them. Pittsburgh lost Maurkice Pouncey for the season and saw their offensive line overwhelmed all game. Three field goals and a short touchdown run by Jackie Battle gave the Titans a 16-2 lead, and they hung on for the win. 16-9 Titans
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills — This looked the typical Patriots laugher when they built a 10-0 early lead, but Buffalo fought back. Rookie E.J. Manuel threw a touchdown pass to Stevie Johnson in the fourth quarter giving the Bills a 21-17 lead over the Patriots. Later down 21-20, Tom Brady did what he does late in the game. On 3rd and 8 from the Buffalo 39, he hit Danny Amendola for ten yards. Stephen Gostkowski made the 35 yard field goal with five seconds left as the Patriots escaped.23-21 Patriots
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions — The Vikings needed one play and 13 seconds for Adrian Peterson to run for a 78-yard touchdown. He is now 2422 yards away from 2500. Yet Peterson would only have 15 yards rushing the rest of the game in addition to catching a four yard touchdown pass. Matthew Stafford lit up the scoreboard and Reggie Bush took a short pass 77 yards for a score in his Detroit debut. With the lions up 27-24 late, Christian Ponder fumbled at his own 38 and Detroit recovered. Matthew Stafford would hit Fauria to put the game out of reach. 34-24 Lions
Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers — This was supposed to be a Seattle coronation, but Carolina led 7-6 after three quarters. With 10 1/2 minutes left in regulation, Russell Wilson went deep to Jermaine Kearse for a 43-yard touchdown. The two point conversion failed. Cam Newton brought Carolina back. With 5 1/2 minutes left, Carolina had 2nd and 2 at the Seattle 24. Deangelo Williams got the carry, gained 16 yards and fumbled at the eight yard line. Seattle recovered and ran out the clock for the gutty win. 12-7 Seahawks
Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears — Both offenses moved the ball well as the Bengals developed a 21-10 lead. The Bears regrouped, and an 80-yard drive was capped off by Matt Forte running it in from one yard out. In the fourth quarter, it was an 81-yard drive as Jay Cutler hit Brandon Marshall for a 19 yard touchdown to put the Bears back in front. The Bears faced 3rd and 6 at the Cincy 45 with 1:15 left. Michael Bush only gained one yard, but a critical defensive unnecessary roughness penalty on Ray Maualaga let Jay Cutler take a knee. These are the Bengals. 24-21 Bears
Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns — A listless game had the Dolphins trailing 7-6 at halftime. The Dolphins took a 13-10 lead after three quarters as Ryan Tannehill threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Brian Hartline. The fourth quarter was all Dolphins. Daniel Thomas ran it in from one yard out and Caleb Sturgis tacked on his third field goal. New season, same Browns. 23-10 Dolphins
Kansas CIty Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars — The Walrus Lite Andy Reid era exploded in Kansas City. Alex Smith hit Avery and Junior Hemingway for short touchdowns. Jamal Charles ran it in from 2 yards out as the Chiefs romped. In the fourth quarter, Blaine Gabbert completed a touchdown to Hali, who plays defense for Kansas City. The 10 yard interception return sealed the win for the Chiefs. Kansas City is now officially a real football team. Jacksonville is not. 28-2 Chiefs
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets — With less than one minute remaining, Ryan Lindell hit a 37-yarder as the Bucs led 17-15. The Jets had 34 seconds left from their own 20. Geno Smith hit Kellen Winslow for 25 yards. Smith then scrambled for 10 yards when he was hit out of bounds. The personal foul turned a 63 yard field goal try into a 48 yarder. Nick Folk gave the Bucs a bitter loss. Rex Ryan said of the ugly win, “I’ll take it.” 18-17 Jets
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints — This game lived up to its billing. Down by 6, Matty Ice Ryan led the Falcons from their 20 with 3:12 to play all the way to a 4th and goal at the 3 with 49 seconds left. With everything on the line, Ryan was intercepted in the end zone by Roman Harper as the Saints gutted out the tough win in the first game back for Sean Payton. 23-17 Saints
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams — The Cardinals led 24-13 after three quarters. The fourth quarter saw Sam Bradford lead the Rams 80 yards and hit Jared Cook for a one-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion got the Rams within three. The Cardinals turned it over to set up a 38-yard Rams field goal and a 24-24 game. With 45 seconds left in regulation, Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein came in again and drilled the 4- yard winner. 27-24 Rams
Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers — Colin Kaepernick and Aaron Rodgers put on dueling passing clinics in a game that was tied at 7, 14 and 21. Leading 31-28, Jim Harbaugh gambled on 4th and 2 from the Packers 36 with three minutes left. Colin Kaepernick hit Anquon Boldin to set up a field goal with 40 seconds left. Down by 6, Rodgers moved the Packers to the Frisco 42 with time for one Hail Mary. Rodgers was swarmed and threw short incomplete. This fine game saw 412 yards passing by Kaepernick and over 200 receiving yards by Boldin. 34-28 49ers
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys — Eli Manning was intercepted on the first play from scrimmage as the Giants had three turnovers in the first six minutes. Prince Amukamara returned an interception of Tony Romo 91 yards to the Dallas one. The Giants lost yards and kicked a field goal. The Giants fought back from a 27-10 deficit and got to within 30-24. At the two minute warning the Giants had 1st and 10 at their own 48. Manning’s short pass that bounced off the receiver’s hands and straight to Brandon Carr, who took it 49 yards for the clinching Dallas touchdown. Despite 450 yards passing, Manning was done in by his team committing six turnovers. 36-31 Cowboys
Monday Night Football offers the Philadelphia Eagles at the Washington Redskins and the Houston Texans at the San Diego Chargers.
Despite this week being the Jewish New Year, Ben Roethlisberger, Julian Edelman, and Jim Schwartz are all not Jewish.
This concludes the NFL 2013 Week 1 Wrapup.
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