September 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) celebrates a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

NFL Week 1: RGIII Lights It Up, 49ers Down Packers

The headlines from Sunday: RGIII is for real, the 49ers are not a fluke and Peyton is back.

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Week 2 of SB Nation's power rankings sees a shake-up at the top with the Baltimore Ravens taking over the top spot.


NFL Debrief: Peyton Manning Is Back, RGIII And The 49ers Are For Real

Week 1 in the NFL is nearly in the books with 13 games down on Sunday. Recap the action from Peyton's return to RGIII lighting it up to the 49ers showing us they're for real.


Replacement Refs Give Seattle Seahawks A Fourth Timeout

The Seattle Seahawks had one timeout left when Doug Baldwin was injured on an incomplete pass in the end zone. They then ran the ball with Marshawn Lynch and took a timeout, despite all the scoreboards and graphics saying they had none left. You see, the injury to Doug Baldwin should've resulted in a forced timeout -- incomplete pass or not -- but instead, the replacement referees awarded Seattle an apparent fourth timeout.

This was the NFL's version of a Chris Webber moment, and everyone was confused. In fact, the refs had to huddle up, call up to the booth and talk about the problem for a good five minutes to try to sort it out. Even if the Seahawks didn't have a timeout left, they were given the equivalent of one with the delay.

And then the refs stammered over the decision, because that seems to be par for the course.

You know how you can tell when someone is trying to BS you? Yeah, that meter is beeping real loud listening to the explanation. Don't lie to me, sir. You can't fool me.

My favorite part is Mike Pereira basically screaming "THAT'S WRONG YOU GUYS ARE IDIOTS WRONG WRONG WRONG."

Gonna be a fun season, y'all.

For more on the Seattle Seahawks check out Field Gulls, while Revenge Of The Birds has all things Cardinals.


Richard Sherman Hauls In Amazing Interception

John Skelton was just trying to throw the ball away. Nobody was open, and Skelton was just trying to deliver the ball to the Seahawks bench, but Richard Sherman had other ideas. The result was an amazing interception.

Look at Sherman's body control as he makes the catch.


The play was reviewed and confirmed. A reverse angle showed him dragging his toes, just barely, as he fell out of bounds. It might just be the best interception you see in quite a while.

For more on the Seattle Seahawks check out Field Gulls, while Revenge Of The Birds has all things Cardinals.


David Akers Kicks 63-yard Field Goal, Surprises Himself

As the first half came to a close it was time for wily veteran kicker David Akers to be asked to do the impossible– kick an entirely ridiculous 63-yard FG. The result was just as ridiculous as the request as in a moment of 'lets throw this at the wall', Akers drilled the FG low, it bounced off the crossbar straight in the air, and dribbled over. This ties the NFL record for the longest field goal ever made, as Akers joins Jason Elam, Sebastian Janikowski and Tom Dempsey.


Given the circumstances, and the rarity of what happened, we got an appropriate reaction from David Akers of utter astonishment, and child-like wonderment.


And here's video of the field goal. Listen for the DOINK!

We tip our collective hats to you sir! I haven't seen ecstasy like this since... wait, scratch that, forget I said anything.

For more on the 49ers head over to Niner's Nation, and stay on this storystream for your NFL updates today.


Pierre Garcon Injury: X-Rays Negative On Foot

Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon injured his foot in the team's 40-32 season-opening victory against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, but head coach Mike Shanahan said after the game that X-rays were negative.

The fifth-year player out of Mount Union experienced some soreness, so the Redskins were cautious with him.

Garcon is expected to be a key component to what the Redskins do this season, with rookie Robert Griffin III at quarterback needing weapons to throw it to. RGIII's first career touchdown came by way of an 88-yard score from Griffin to Garcon.

For more coverage of the Washington Redskins, visit Hogs Haven and SB Nation DC. For more on the Saints, check out Canal Street Chronicles. And, as always, visit SB Nation's NFL hub for any and all pro football news, commentary, and analysis.


Darrelle Revis Injury: Cornerback Doesn't Have Concussion

The New York Jets can go back to basking in their Week 1 victory over the Bills, as sources are saying that Darrelle Revis did not suffer a concussion.

Revis was accidentally kicked in the helmet by teammate Bart Scott as Revis was attempting to tackle Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller in the fourth quarter. He remained on the field holding his helmet and was removed from the game by trainers and taken to the locker room.

Revis finished the game with five tackles and an interception.

Revis lingered around the locker room following the game but did not address members of the media.

For more on the New York Jets and Darrelle Revis, head over to Gang Green Nation and join the conversation.


Nick Sundberg Is Tough

You think being a long-snapper is easy. All they've gotta do is snap the ball once in a while and make a block. Can't be that hard, right. It can't take a ton of toughness or anything.

Redskins' long-snapper Nick Sundberg is one tough SOB.

This is your reminder that football is insane, and so are the players.


Texans Vs. Dolphins Game Recap: Houston Defeats Miami 30-10

The Houston Texans used a second-quarter offensive onslaught to defeat the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, winning by a final score of 30-10.

Miami took a 3-0 lead after the first quarter, but Houston responded with 24 unanswered points to cruise to the victory. The Texans forced four Dolphins turnovers en route to the win.

The Big Winner: Andre Johnson

Eight receptions, 119 yards and a touchdown. Just another average performance from All-Pro wide receiver Andre Johnson, who put up highlight reel plays like this:



Ryan Tannehill Struggles

First-round pick Ryan Tannehill had a rough rookie debut, throwing three interceptions in Miami's loss. His final statline: an unimpressive 20-36 for 219 yards and zero touchdown passes. Better luck next week, rookie.

Arian Foster Is Really Good

Entering the regular season, the Texans were hoping to reduce Arian Foster's carries to preserve him for a possible playoff run. Through Week 1, that doesn't seem to be the case. He finished the day with 79 yards on 26 carries, with two touchdowns in the process. One of those scores is below for your viewing pleasure.



What's Next?

The Texans will travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars next Sunday, while the Dolphins will regroup and face off against the Oakland Raiders.


Falcons Vs. Chiefs Game Recap: Matt Ryan Leads Atlanta Past Kansas City, 40-24

The Atlanta Falcons took control in the second half and cruised home to a 40-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in both team's season opener. Atlanta led 20-17 at the half, in a game that looked it had turned into a shootout. However, the Falcons' defense found its footing in the second half and capitalized on three turnovers by the Chiefs.

Matt Ryan threw for three touchdowns, with two of those going to Julio Jones. Tony Gonzalez caught the other touchdown in his return to Kansas City.

Matt Ryan shines:

Ryan completed 23 of 31 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns. He spread the ball around to six different receivers with Jones and Roddy White combining for 195 receiving yards. Perhaps the most important part of Ryan's line for the Falcons was a big zero in the turnovers column

Matt Cassel struggles with turnovers:

After an outstanding first half that saw Cassel throw and run for a touchdown, he was bit by the turnover bug in the second half. Cassel threw a pair of interceptions in the second half and was also stripped from behind on a sack by John Abraham.

Tony Gonzalez still has it:


Fantasy Performer - Julio Jones:

Jones hauled in six passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns which will make his owners happy in Week 1.

Fantasy Dud Performance - Michael Turner:

Atlanta's ground game never got on track and, as a result, Michael Turner wasn't much help to his fantasy owners with an 11-carry, 29-yard performance.

What's up next:

Up next for the Falcons is the home opener on Monday night against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Kansas City hits the road in Week 2, traveling to St. Louis to take on the Rams.

For more on the Falcons, visit The Falcoholic. For all your Chiefs needs, head over to Arrowhead Pride.


Nate Washington Injury: Titans WR Leaves Game After Big Hit

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nate Washington was injured in the fourth quarter Sunday against the New England Patriots and left the game. He suffered a leg contusion, Comcast SportsNet New England's Mary Paoletti reported.

Washington was in the process of catching a pass from quarterback Jake Locker when he was hit by Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo. Washington lost the ball, and it was initially ruled a fumble that New England safety Patrick Chung recovered. Locker was hurt on the same play making a tackle.

Washington limped off the field with help.

The play was challenged, and the call on the field was reversed and called an incomplete pass.

Washington had two receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown Sunday before his injury. He caught a 29-yard touchdown from Locker with 10:17 left in the third quarter.

This is Washington's eighth season in the NFL after going undrafted out of Tiffin University.


Fred Jackson Injury: Bills RB To Have MRI On Right Knee

The Buffalo Bills will be without running back Fred Jackson the rest of their game against the New York Jets after he injured his knee in the second quarter of the game.

Jackson was able to move around some on the sidelines late in the first half, however he was unable to get it to the point where he could return.

For more on the Jets, head over to Gang Green Nation, and stick to SB Nation New York for all the latest updates on the team throughout the course of the season. For more news and notes from around the NFL, head over to the SB Nation NFL Hub Page.


Robert Griffin III: Perfection Personified

This has to end soon, right? Currently RGIII is 10-for-11, 155 yards, and just threw his second touchdown of the day on a five yard pass to Aldrick Robinson.


Last year Cam Newton threw for over 400 yards in his career opener, and now Griffin III is giving that debut a run for its money.

For more on the Redskins visit Hog's Haven, and stay on this storystream for your NFL updates today.

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Jonathan Stewart Out For Panthers' Week 1 Game

Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart will not play in the team's Week 1 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Stewart wrote the following on his Facebook page:

Sorry panther fans but it Looks like I'll be missing the game opener this year due to my recent ankle sprain! I'll be helping my team today by cheering them on! lets go panthers!! #panther-nation

Stewart ran for 761 yards and four touchdowns last season, playing in all 16 games for the Panthers. Stewart's absence could mean more carries for DeAngelo Williams and possibly fullback Mike Tolbert in goal-line situations.

Kickoff for Sunday's game is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET.

For updates on the game, stay tuned to SB Nation Tampa Bay. For more in-depth coverage of this matchup, head over to Tampa Bay Buccaneers blog Bucs Nation as well as Carolina Panthers blog Cat Scratch Reader. For more news, notes and analysis from around the league, visit SB Nation's NFL hub.

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