|Sunday's NFL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 09 September 2007 14:06|
The Packers benefited from a second major mistake by the Eagles' special teams, when J.R. Reed bobbled a punt with 59 seconds remaining. Green Bay's Jarrett Bush recovered at the Philadelphia 31.
Reed had replaced returner Greg Lewis, whose muffed punt led to a Packers touchdown in the first quarter.
A rookie from Colorado who beat out incumbent Dave Rayner in training camp, Crosby hit the winning field goal.
Brett Favre struggled with a young supporting cast on offense for most of the afternoon, but still was able to tie John Elway's record with his 148th career victory as a starting quarterback.
It also was the 37th time Favre led the Packers from a fourth-quarter tie or deficit to a win. He was 23-of-42 for 206 yards.
It was a so-so return for Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, who tore a knee ligament last November and finished the regular season on the sideline for the second straight year. McNabb was 15-of-33 for 184 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Chargers 14, Bears 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) - LaDainian Tomlinson and San Diego finally took control of a sloppy season opener, with the reigning NFL MVP throwing for one touchdown and rushing for another in a win over Chicago.
The Bears, who topped the NFC last year at 13-3 before losing in the Super Bowl to Indianapolis, were nothing short of brutal with four turnovers. Two of them set up the game's only two touchdowns.
The Chargers, an NFL-best 14-2 in 2006 before their playoff pratfall against New England, had two turnovers and allowed three sacks. Still, Norv Turner came away a winner in his debut as Chargers head coach, raising his overall head coaching record with three teams to 59-82-1.
Tomlinson threw a 17-yard TD pass to All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates with 45 seconds left in the third quarter, then scored on a 7-yard run with 9:09 left to play.
Broncos 15, Bills 14
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Jason Elam hit a 42-yard field goal just before time expired to lift Denver.
Elam, who missed two field-goal attempts earlier, almost didn't have a chance to make up for those. The Broncos were out of timeouts when Jay Cutler hit Javon Walker for an 11-yard catch with 14 seconds left.
Rather than spiking the ball to stop the clock, the Broncos' field-goal unit rushed onto the field and got the snap off just in time. It spoiled what had been a remarkably poised effort for a young Bills defense that lost three starters during the game.
The Broncos had 470 yards of offense, including Travis Henry's 139 yards rushing, but managed only three field goals and a touchdown in eight trips into Bills territory. Cutler produced on the winning drive, twice converting fourth-down situations.
Buffalo had 184 yards of offense. Rookie Marshawn Lynch ran for 90 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown in which he bulled Denver's Jeff Shoate backward for the final 3 yards, to put the Bills up 14-6 midway through the third quarter.
Redskins 16, Dolphins 13
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Shaun Suisham kicked a 39-yard field goal 5:36 into overtime to spoil the NFL head coaching debut of Miami's Cam Cameron.
The Redskins won the coin toss to start overtime and drove 58 yards in 10 plays, all but two runs by Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts. Portis, who missed the entire preseason with knee tendinitis, ran 9 yards to Miami's 22 to set up Suisham's kick, which came on first down.
Antwaan Randle El, promoted to No. 2 receiver this year, had five catches for a career-high 162 yards and had a hand in every Redskins score in regulation.
Patriots 38, Jets 14
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Randy Moss, who missed most of camp with a hamstring injury, caught nine passes from Tom Brady for 183 yards and a touchdown in his New England debut.
Ellis Hobbs set an NFL record by taking the second-half kickoff 108 yards for a score.
Moss, obtained for a fourth-round choice in a draft-day trade with Oakland, had two miserable years with the Raiders after being a perennial Pro Bowl receiver with Minnesota. He and Brady established an immediate connection, even with the receiver's missed time in training camp. Moss' 51-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter gave the Patriots a 28-7 lead.
Brady, who faced little pressure from the Jets, was 22-of-28 for 297 yards and three touchdowns, including a 5-yarder to Benjamin Watson. He is 7-0 against the Jets at Giants Stadium, and 11-2 overall in starts against New York. Brady has thrown 17 touchdown passes and only five interceptions in his 14 appearances against the Jets.
Lions 36, Raiders 21
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jon Kitna threw a go-ahead, 32-yard touchdown pass to Shaun McDonald with 4:15 remaining and Dewayne White forced two late turnovers that helped Detroit rally to beat Oakland after blowing a 17-point lead.
The matchup between the NFL's two worst teams from a year ago turned highly entertaining in the second half when former Lions backup quarterback Josh McCown led the Raiders on three touchdown drives to turn a 17-0 deficit into a 21-20 Oakland lead with 7:43 to go.
Then Kitna took over and spoiled Lane Kiffin's coaching debut in Oakland. Kitna completed four of five passes for 67 yards on the game-winning drive, capping it with his third touchdown pass of the game.
Seahawks 20, Buccaneers 6
SEATTLE (AP) - Shaun Alexander, playing pain-free for the first time since he broke his foot 12 months ago, ran for 105 yards and one touchdown in a victory over Tampa Bay.
Matt Hasselbeck was sharp in his first game following a mediocre season that included two broken fingers. He went 17-for-24 for 222 yards and threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Morris to clinch the win.
Alexander's backup ran free down the left sideline past Derrick Brooks, the Bucs' defensive leader, to make it 20-6 with 7:55 left.
Titans 13, Jaguars 10
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Chris Brown ran for 175 yards, Vince Young and LenDale White combined for another 88 on the ground and Tennessee ran roughshod over Jacksonville.
Brown found big holes in Jacksonville's vaunted defense. Most of his big runs came up the middle as Tennessee's offensive line manhandled Pro Bowl tackles Marcus Stroud and John Henderson.
Tennessee finished with 282 yards rushing, a franchise record for both teams. Jacksonville's previous high allowed was 246 yards against Seattle in 2005. Tennessee's previous best was 279 against Miami in 1967.
Fred Taylor ran six times for 16 yards. Maurice Jones-Drew had 32 yards on seven carries for the Jaguars. QB David Garrard, who was supposed to give the team a better chance to win in the wake of Byron Leftwich's departure, made several big plays. He finished 17-of-30 for 204 yards and a touchdown.
Steelers 34, Browns 7
CLEVELAND (AP) - Ben Roethlisberger threw a career-high four touchdown passes and Pittsburgh cruised in Mike Tomlin's NFL coaching debut.
Willie Parker rushed for 109 yards as the Steelers started the Tomlin Era with the kind of bruising victory that typified former coach Bill Cowher's tenure in the Steel City.
The Steelers pounced on mistakes by the bumbling Browns to open a 17-0 lead in the first quarter.
Roethlisberger went 12-of-23 for 161 yards. He threw two TD passes in the first quarter and two more in the third period for the Steelers.
The Browns have lost eight in a row and 14 of 15 to Pittsburgh. The Browns had five turnovers and allowed six sacks.
Vikings 24, Falcons 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Somewhere, Michael Vick must have been shaking his head.
The Minnesota defense overwhelmed Atlanta's Joey Harrington with six sacks and two interception returns for touchdowns, and rookie running back Adrian Peterson finished off the Falcons.
Kevin Williams returned an interception 54 yards for a first-quarter score, and Antoine Winfield ran one back 14 yards in the fourth quarter for Minnesota. Peterson made an amazing catch out of the backfield that he turned into a 60-yard touchdown and finished with 103 yards rushing on 19 carries after starter Chester Taylor hurt his hip.
Harrington? He certainly didn't do anything to make Atlanta forget about Vick, whose indefinite suspension and possible jail time for his role in a dogfighting ring stunned the Falcons this summer. Harrington finished 23-for-32 for 199 yards, but without a score and the two interceptions.
Texans 20, Chiefs 3
HOUSTON (AP) - Mario Williams, last year's No. 1 draft pick, returned a fumble for a touchdown, had five tackles including two sacks to help Houston over Kansas City.
Matt Schaub had a successful, if a bit inconsistent debut in Houston, going 16-of-22 for 225 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
The Texans led 10-0 when Jamar Fletcher knocked the ball out of Kris Wilson's hands that Williams recovered. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound defensive end got up and rumbled 38 yards for the touchdown.
Both of Williams' sacks came after halftime, the second a 6-yard loss inside the 20 that forced the Chiefs to settle for a field goal. Justin Medlock's 27-yarder made it 17-3 in the third quarter.
Panthers 27, Rams 13
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Steve Smith outsprinted Tye Hill on a 68-yard catch for the go-ahead play in Carolina's win. As Smith eased into the end zone, Hill stumbled and then slid on his stomach for several yards. Smith had seven catches for 118 yards.
The Rams' decision to give featured back Steven Jackson the preseason off backfired. Jackson lost two fumbles on consecutive carries in the third quarter, equaling his season total from last season.
The first fumble negated a scoring opportunity, with Julius Peppers recovering at the Carolina 26. The Rams' defense saved Jackson on the second fumble, with hits by Brandon Chillar and Corey Chavous stripping DeShaun Foster at the St. Louis 3.