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NFL Week 1 final scores: 49ers roll past Tony Romo and Cowboys, Panthers hold on vs. Bucs

The opening Sunday of the 2014 NFL season is complete. Matt Ryan and the Falcons notched a big win against New Orleans early while Peyton Manning and Denver opened with a win despite a late surge from the Colts.

Kevin C. Cox

New York Jets 19, Oakland Raiders 14

Geno Smith still has turnover problems, but the Jets defense was able to stifle the Raiders to carry the day. Smith had a fumble and an interception early but also added a touchdown pass to Chris Johnson to take a 10-7 lead in the second quarter. Chris Ivory then broke the game open with a 71-yard touchdown rumble with eight minutes left in the game. The Raiders offense, meanwhile, gained just 158 total yards and only 25 on the ground. Rookie Derek Carr went 20-of-32 for 151 yards and two touchdowns in his first NFL start.

Houston Texans 17, Washington 6

The Texans lost Jadeveon Clowney to a knee injury, but otherwise got 2014 off on the right foot on the back of a second-quarter scoring splurge. DeAndre Hopkins took a Ryan Fitzpatrick 76 yards to take a one-point lead, then a blocked punt made it 14-6. Houston got reliable performances from veterans Arian Foster (103 rushing yards) and Andre Johnson (93 receiving yards) Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for 267 yards but couldn't find the end zone.

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Minnesota Vikings 34, St. Louis Rams 6

The Rams are already missing Sam Bradford in a bad way. Shaun Hill was benched at halftime after throwing for just 81 yards and a pick, and his little-known replacement Austin Davis didn't fare that much better. The Vikings' Adrian Peterson ran for 75 yards and Matt Cassel rewarded the team's decision to start him over rookie Teddy Bridgewater by tossing a pair of touchdowns. The play of the game came from Minnesota wideout Corderrelle Patterson, who took a pitch out of the backfield 67 yards for a third-quarter score.


Pittsburgh Steelers 30, Cleveland Browns 27

The Steelers blew a 27-3 halftime lead, but Shaun Suisham booted a 41-yard field goal with no time remaining to save the day. Cleveland's Isaiah Crowell scored twice on the ground coming out of halftime to pull the Browns back into contention, then Brian Hoyer hit Travis Benjamin for a nine-yard score to tie the game, 27-27. The Steelers stole the win with a short drive to Cleveland's 24-yard line. Ben Roethlisberger set up the field goal with a clutch pass to Markus Wheaton for 20 yards. He finished 365 yards on 23-for-34 passing, throwing one touchdowns and an interception.

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Atlanta Falcons 37, New Orleans Saints 34

The Atlanta Falcons topped the New Orleans Saints in overtime behind a scintillating performance by Matt Ryan in a duel against Drew Brees. Ryan passed for 448 yards and three touchdowns on 31-of-43 passing. He led a 47-yard drive to set up Matt Bryant's 51-yard field goal to tie the game as time expired in regulation. Bryant then hit a 52-yarder in OT to seal the game. Brees passed for 333 yards and a touchdown, but had a bad interception deep in Atlanta territory in the third quarter. The Falcons' game-winning drive in overtime was set up by a Marques Colston fumble that set the Falcons on the Saints' 38-yard line.

Tennessee Titans 26, Kansas City Chiefs 10

The Chiefs' offense may be in trouble. Alex Smith threw three interceptions and only 202 yards. Jamaal Charles had just 34 total yards on 11 touches. On the day, the unit as a whole gained 245 yards. It was ... ugly.

After an early Chiefs field goal, this game was all Titans, who were led by an encouraging outing from Jake Locker. The fourth-year pro bounced back form an injury-plagued 2013 to pass for 266 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Even the running game had some success against the Chiefs' formidable front. Shonn Greene, Dexter McCluster and Bishop Sankey combined for 125 yards on 30 carries. Titans cornerback Jason McCourty helped fill in for the offseason departure of Alterraun Verner by picking off Smith twice.

Philadelphia Eagles 34, Jacksonville Jaguars 17

Things had been looking so good for the Jaguars at one point. They took a quick 17-0 lead thanks to two early touchdown receptions by undrafted rookie Allen Hurns. The wheels promptly fell off, however. Nick Foles shook off a rare interception to throw two touchdown passes, one of which went 68 yards to a WIDE open Jeremy Maclin. LeSean McCoy was relatively bottled up, gaining just 74 yards on 21 carries, but Darren Sproles picked up the slack, adding 71 yards and a score on just 11 carries.

Buffalo Bills 23, Chicago Bears 20

This game had the makings of a blowout, after the Bills went three-and-out to open the game, and the Bears scored a touchdown in just four plays on their opening possession. The Bills hunkered down, however, and went toe-to-toe with the Bears in regulation before winning in overtime on a 27-yard Dan Carpenter field goal. Both teams traded shots on the scoreboard. The Bears gained 427 yards of offense, but committed three turnovers to the Bills' one. EJ Manuel wasn't scintillating, but he was efficient at 16-for-22 passing, 173 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Cincinnati Bengals 23, Baltimore Ravens 16

The Bengals scored 15 straight points, then held on for a big win on the road. The Ravens fired back with 16 straight points, taking a one-point lead with 5:46 left in the fourth quarter. Joe Flacco hit Steve Smith for an 80-yard touchdown pass that seemingly swung momentum in favor of Baltimore for good. The Bengals punched right back with a 77-yard score from Andy Dalton to A.J. Green, however. The Ravens' bid for a game-winning drive ended on the Bengals' 21-yard line, when Joe Flacco was sacked on fourth down by Wallace Gilberry and Reggie Nelson.

Miami Dolphins 33, New England Patriots 20

The Patriots took a 20-10 lead into halftime. Then it was all Dolphins from there. Caleb Sturgis kicked four field goals in the win, three of which came after intermission. Both quarterbacks struggled, but Ryan Tannehill got the better of Tom Brady in the duel, throwing two touchdowns to veteran's one. Brady averaged just 4.4 yards per attempt on 29-for-56 passing. Knowshon Moreno had a fantastic debut in Dolphins uniform, gaining 134 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.

Carolina Panthers 20, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14

The Panthers' opener prospects took a big hit when Cam Newton was held out, but Derek Anderson and the defense stepped in to start the season off with a victory. Anderson had not started a game since 2010 with the Cardinals, but the strong-armed veteran held his own and avoided the disastrous turnovers that have plagued him in the past. An absurd catch from Kelvin Benjamin for Anderson's second touchdown didn't hurt his cause either. On the other side of the ball, the Panthers defense mostly stuffed the Bucs and held Josh McCown to just 185 yard passing. Tampa Bay still had opportunities to win it in the final five minutes, but a dropped interception and a Bobby Rainey forced fumble by Luke Kuechly stunted the Bucs charge.

San Francisco 49ers 28, Dallas Cowboys 17

The Niners scored 21 points in the first quarter of a game for the first time since 1995. That 15-minute span was enough to fire back up the Tony Romo narrative machine, as the Cowboys quarterback played a significant role in the early San Francisco blowout. Three first-half interceptions by Romo came at some of the most crushing moments. After the Niners opened the game with a defensive TD on a Demarco Murray fumble recovery, Romo threw a pick to Eric Reid that was returned down to the two-yard line to set up the early 21-3 deficit. Romo would throw an interception in the end zone on the first drive of the second quarter for Dallas, and from that point, it was less about who would win and more about how embarrassing it might get for the Cowboys. A near-blind heave down the middle of the field from Romo to Dwayne Harris set up a touchdown to finally get the Dallas offense on the board in the third quarter. But despite how respectable the second half made the final score look, this one was over early.

Denver Broncos 31, Indianapolis Colts 24

For most of the game, it appeared the Denver Broncos were going to cruise to a season-opening win against the Indianapolis Colts. Denver jumped out to a 24-0 lead and led 31-10 midway through the fourth quarter. A huge second half from Andrew Luck and the Colts made for some nervous moments during the fourth quarter, but the Broncos made a final stand to seal the game. Peyton Manning and the Broncos lit up the scoreboard early. Tight end Julius Thomas caught three first-half touchdowns with new acquisition Emmanuel Sanders also making an impact early. Like he has so many times during his career, Luck rallied the Colts. He finished the game with 370 passing yards and a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns. Indianapolis had the ball with a chance to tie the game, but Luck's pass to Reggie Wayne on 4th-and-6 fell short and the Broncos exhaled.


-- Jadeveon Clowney, Texans LB, torn meniscus expected to miss 4-6 weeks (more info)

-- Ben Tate, Browns RB, knee (more info)

-- Vontaze Burfict, Bengals LB, head (more info)

-- Tyler Eifert, Bengals TE, elbow (more info)

-- Derrick Johnson, Chiefs LB, Achilles, out for the season (more info)