FOXBORO MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with teammate Sammy Morris #34 during a the NFL season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on September 12 2010 in Foxboro Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Week 1 NFL Scores And Results: Patriots, Titans And Packers Roll

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Week 1 NFL Scores And Results: Cardinals Fail A Little Less Than The Rams, Win 17-13

No one thought either the Cardinals or Rams would be the best team in the NFC West heading into their season-opening matchup.

No one is thinking that afterward, either.

Arizona beat St. Louis 17-13 in the sort of game neither team would dream of calling pretty. Sam Bradford threw three interceptions in his NFL debut, including two in the fourth quarter. Derek Anderson completed just 22 of 41 passes. The game's most exciting play was a double fumble.

The NFC West appears slightly above the level of competition in the ACC. That doesn't mean either of these teams is anywhere near good. But for the Cardinals, it means one win might have already gotten them an eighth of the way to a division title.

For more about today's game, check out Turf Show Times and Revenge Of The Birds.


Week 1 NFL Scores And Results: Packers Survive Michael Vick's Comeback Attempt, 27-20

After Kevin Kolb left the game due to a jaw injury and then later after a concussion, Michael Vick filled in and led the Eagles back from 17 down to within a touchdown. Vick passed for 175 yards and ran for 103, perhaps his best game since week ten of 2005, when he passed for over 300 yards.

Aaron Rodgers retorted with 188 yards and a more quarterback-like nine yards rushing. Greg Jennings led all receivers with 82 yards.

Philly had a good chance to tie the game around the two-minute warning, but Andy Reid had consumed all three time outs and was thus unable to get the ball back after a Vick fourth-down conversion attempt was blown up.

Check out Acme Packing Company and Bleeding Green Nation for more on the game.


Week 1 NFL Scores And Results: Seahawks Roll Over The 49ers, 31-6

It was all Seahawks all the time in their 2010 season opener against the 49ers.

Matt Hasselbeck accounted for three touchdowns -- two in the air and one on the ground. Former USC receiver Mike Williams led the Seahawks receivers with four receptions for 64 yards.

Seattle's offense wasn't particularly impressive but it didn't matter because the 49ers couldn't do anything offensively. Alex Smith had an interception returned for a touchdown and tossed another pick. He had 225 yards on the game. Vernon Davis was the star for the 49ers catching eight balls for 73 yards in the loss.

Keep up with the game at Niners Nation and Field Gulls.


Week 1 NFL Scores And Results: Late Pick Helps Jaguars Defeat Broncos, 24-17

It wasn't pretty, or exciting, or all that impressive. But Jacksonville got a win in a soggy season opener against Denver.

David Garrard threw for three touchdowns against the injury-racked Denver defense, and Maurice Jones-Drew added 98 rushing yards in the Jaguars' 24-17 win. Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith intercepted Kyle Orton, who was trying to rally the Broncos in the last two minutes of a season opener for the second straight year, to preserve the victory.

Neither of Denver's two quarterbacks was stellar on this day. Orton completed 21 of 33 passes for 295 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and his much-ballyhooed backup, Tim Tebow, gained just two yards in spot duty with Denver's "Wild Horse" formation.

Check out Big Cat Country and Mile High Report for more.


Week 1 NFL Scores And Results: Arian Foster Helps Texans Beat Colts 34-24, Endure Record Day From Peyton Manning

It was almost a joke coming in: the Colts were going to beat the Texans after a game effort by the upstarts, because that's what always happens. But then Texans 34, Colts 24 happened.

Arian Foster had a franchise-record 231 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the day, picking up a Texans offense that was far less potent through the air than it was in 2009. Foster also helped keep the Colts off the field, as the Texans picked up 15 first downs via their ground game.

Peyton Manning could have used a little more time. After three lackluster quarters, Manning threw for over 200 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth, setting a new career high and franchise record with 40 completions for the game. But, for once, Manning's customary brilliance wasn't enough to lift the Colts over the Texans.

Check out Battle Red Blog and Stampede Blue for more.


Week 1 NFL Scores And Results: Hakeem Nicks' Three Touchdowns Lead Giants Over Panthers, 31-18

The Giants opened New Meadowlands Stadium with a sloppy win, as receiver Hakeem Nicks personally tied the Panthers.

Matt Moore struggled as Carolina’s starter, throwing three interceptions. Rookie Jimmy Clausen attempted two passes, throwing no interceptions and thus earning the Panthers’ highest passer rating.

New York trailed, 16-14, at halftime, but rallied with three scoring drives before pulling off the always-exciting intentional-safety trick. Except it wasn’t, as rookie punter Matt Dodge bore the brunt of the crowd’s special teams disapproval. A “We want Feagles!” chant sprang up at some point.

Carolina has now been punished for spoiling the last game ever played at the original Meadowlands, when they won 41-9 last December.

Check out Big Blue View and Cat Scratch Reader for more.


Week 1 NFL Scores And Results: Jake Delhomme Throws Two Picks In 17-14 Loss To Bucs

Jake Delhomme picked up where he left off in the 2009 season with a pair of picks in a 17-14 loss to the Buccaneers. Second year quarterback Josh Freeman threw one pick and completed 17-of-28 passes for 182 yards.

Freeman and the Bucs were trailing the Browns with under seven minutes left in the fourth when Freeman hit Michael Spurlock for a 33-yard touchdown pass. That ended up being the game winner as the Bucs held the Browns. Freeman added a touchdown pass to Mike Williams in the first half.

It wasn't the prettiest game of the week but the Bucs will enter week two 1-0.

Check out Bucs Nation and Dawgs By Nature for more on the game.


Week 1 NFL Scores And Results: Rashard Mendenhall Wins Overtime Defensive Battle 15-9 For Steelers

After a regulation game featuring nine field goal attempts, six of them successful, Rashard Mendenhall’s 50-yard spring up the middle won Pittsburgh their eight-consecutive home opener over the Falcons.

Pittsburgh’s run defense held Michael Turner to only 58 yards, as starting quarterback Dennis Dixon completed 18 of 26 attempts for 236 yards and no major miscues. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw a crucial pick to Troy Polamalu that gave the Steelers a chance to win as time wound down, but Jeff Reed missed his second attempt of the day.

Tony Gonzalez caught his 1,000th career pass, and Hines Ward caught his 900th.

Check out Behind The Steel Curtain and The Falcoholic for more on the game.


Week 1 NFL Scores And Results: Tom Brady Throws Three TDs In 38-24 Win Over Bengals

Tom Brady and the Patriots started off strong getting up 31-3 at one point against the Bengals. The Bengals staged a short come back scoring two consecutive touchdowns to get within two touchdowns but Brady and the Patriots were too much closing the game out with a 38-24 victory.

Brady had a terrific day completing 25-of-35 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns went to Wes Welker, who was returning from knee surgery.

For the Bengals, it was Chad Ochocinco who blew up catching 12 balls for 159 yards and a touchdown. Terrell Owens ended with seven receptions for 53 yards in his Bengals debut.

Check out Cincy Jungle and Pats Pulpit for more on the game.


Week 1 NFL Scores And Results: Bears Beat Lions As Jay Cutler Goes Off And Calvin Johnson's TD Catch Overruled

The Bears beat the Lions 19-14 in what many expected to be one of the least exciting games of the week. As it turns out there was plenty of drama in this one.

Here are the highlights:

  • Jay Cutler went off completing 23-of-35 passes for 372 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
  • Matthew Stafford was knocked out of the game after being sacked by Julius Peppers.
  • Rookie Jahvid Best ran for just 20 yards on 14 carries in his NFL debut.
  • Shaun Hill, replacing Stafford, drove the Lions to within scoring range in the final minutes.

It was at the end of the game where things got interesting. Calvin Johnson caught a Hill touchdown pass late in the game and came down, with both knees hitting the ground, and let the ball go as he started to stand up. Referees ruled that he didn't complete the entire process of making the catch and ruled it no catch. Replays showed that the Lions may have gotten a bad call.

Check out Pride of Detroit and Windy City Gridiron for more on the game.


Week 1 NFL Scores And Results: Chris Johnson, Titans Dominate Raiders, 38-13

Chris Johnson said before the season that his goal was to rush for 2,500 yards. To do that he would need a little over 150 yards per game.

He didn't quite get there in the Titans 38-13 victory over the Raiders but still put up 142 yards on 27 carries. He scored twice including once on a 76-yard run.

Darren McFadden put up 95 yards on the ground while Jason Campbell added 34 yards on the ground. Campbell completed 22-of-37 passes for 180 yards. 55 of those yards went to McFadden including a touchdown.

Vince Young had touchdown passes to Nate Washington and Bo Scaife and completed 13-of-17 passes for 154 yards.

For more on the game, check out Music City Miracles and Silver and Black Pride.


Week 1 NFL Scores And Results: Dolphins Beat Bills 15-10, Limit C.J. Spiller In Debut

The Bills are expected to be one of the worst teams in the 2010 NFL season yet there they were still in the game against the Dolphins with less than two minutes left.

The Bills, down 13-10, lined up on their own one yard line and QB Trent Edwards was sacked. That gave the Dolphins the ball back and essentially ended the game.

C.J. Spiller's debut didn't go as planned rushing the ball seven times for just six yards. He added four receptions for eight yards.

This wasn't a game of flashy quarterback play with Edwards completing 17-of-30 passes for 130 yards including a 31-yard touchdown pass to Roscoe Parrish. Dolphins QB Chad Henne responded with 182 yards with 21-of-34 passing.

The Dolphins scored on a one-yard Ronnie Brown run and Dan Carpenter added two field goals. They had a healthy split at running back with Brown taking 13 carries for 65 yards and Ricky Williams adding 62 yards on 18 carries.

Check out the post-game reaction at Buffalo Rumblings and The Phinsider.

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