NFL Game Capsules (Sunday, September 18th)
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Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - David Nelson caught a six-yard touchdown pass with 14 seconds remaining to give Buffalo the lead and Da'Norris Searcy picked off Oakland's last-second heave in the end zone, as the Bills held on for a 38-35 win over the Raiders in a wild shootout at Ralph Wilson Stadium. In a game that saw four fourth-quarter lead changes, both teams erupted for 935 total yards. The Bills (2-0) overcame a 21-3 halftime deficit by scoring touchdowns on each of their five second-half possessions. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 28-of-46 passes for 264 yards and three scores while throwing one interception. Fred Jackson scored twice and totaled 117 yards on the ground on 15 carries. Oakland's Jason Campbell threw from 323 yards and two touchdowns of 23-of-33 passing. His lone interception came on a Hail Mary to end the game. Darren McFadden ran for 72 yards and a score on 20 carries, while catching seven balls for 71 yards and a touchdown for Oakland (1-1), which was coming off a Monday night win in Denver to open the season.
Final Score: Green Bay 30, Carolina 23
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Aaron Rodgers threw for 308 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Green Bay rallied from an early 13-point deficit to down Carolina, 30-23. Rodgers finished 19-of-30, with TD strikes to Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson for the Packers (2-0), while Mason Crosby connected on three field goals and John Kuhn added a rushing score for the defending champions. Charles Woodson posted a pair of key picks for Green Bay. Cam Newton passed for 432 yards and one score, but was intercepted three times for the Panthers (0-2), who got 100-yard receiving performances from Steve Smith and Jonathan Stewart in defeat. Newton added a team-best 53 yards on the ground plus a touchdown.
Final Score: Detroit 48, Kansas City 3
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Matthew Stafford threw four touchdown passes and the Detroit Lions rolled to a 48-3 rout of the Kansas City Chiefs at Ford Field. Coming off a seven-point win in Tampa, the Lions (2-0) opened their home portion of the season with their largest margin of victory since a 44-7 win over Denver on November 4, 2007. Stafford went 23-for-39 with 294 yards and an interception and was helped by a defense that caused six turnovers, including takeaways on three straight KC possessions in the third and fourth quarters. Calvin Johnson had two touchdown catches for the second straight week while Jahvid Best had a score through the air and on the ground as Detroit won its sixth straight game dating back to last season. Meanwhile, the Chiefs (0-2) have been outscored by a margin of 89-10 in its first two games of the season and lost running back Jamaal Charles early in the game to a left knee injury that saw him carted off the field. Matt Cassel had a rough day as well as he went just 15-for-22 for 133 yards with three interceptions and a lost fumble for Kansas City, which has lost four in a row including a playoff loss to Baltimore last season.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 24, Minnesota 20
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - LeGarrette Blount's four-yard touchdown run with less than a minute left in the game gave the Buccaneers a 24-20 comeback victory over the Vikings. Blount had 71 yards and two scores on 13 carries for Tampa Bay (1-1), which overcame a dreadful first half to take its fifth straight decision over the Vikings (0-2). Josh Freeman completed 22-of-31 passes for 243 yards with a TD and an interception, and Preston Parker caught six passes for 98 yards in the win. Donovan McNabb bounced back from a poor performance in Week 1, in which he threw for just 39 yards, with an efficient 18-for-30 for 228 yards in a losing effort. Adrian Peterson carried the ball 25 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns, and Toby Gerhart totaled 78 yards of offense in the first regular-season game at the Metrodome under the facility's new roof.
Final Score: Cleveland 27, Indianapolis 19
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Peyton Hillis ran for a pair of touchdowns and Colt McCoy threw for a score, as the Cleveland Browns notched their first win of the season at the expense of the suddenly-woeful Indianapolis Colts with a 27-19 triumph at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts (0-2), coming off a 34-7 setback at Houston last week, have lost two straight to start a season for the first time since Peyton Manning's rookie year of 1998. With Manning learning the pro game, that Colts team finished 3-13. Without the now four- time league MVP because of a neck injury, the Colts could be in for another dismal year. Kerry Collins again started under center for the Colts and completed 19-of-38 passes for 191 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Indianapolis managed just four field goals until a late touchdown with the outcome already decided. Hillis ran for 94 yards on 27 carries for the Browns (1-1), who were coming off a 27-17 loss to the Bengals in their opener. McCoy connected on 22-of-32 passes for 211 yards and was not picked off Sunday, as the Browns halted a five-game slide to the Colts.
Final Score: New Orleans 30, Chicago 13
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Drew Brees completed 26-of-37 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns, as New Orleans trounced Chicago, 30-13, at the Superdome. Devery Henderson notched 103 yards and a score on three receptions for the Saints (1-1). Mark Ingram ran for 51 yards, while Darren Sproles posted eight receptions for 43 yards and a TD. Jay Cutler connected on just 19-of-45 passes for 244 yards for the Bears (1-1). Matt Forte totaled 117 yards on 10 receptions and contributed 49 yards on 10 carries in the setback.
Final Score: NY Jets 32, Jacksonville 3
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Dustin Keller caught six passes for 101 yards and a touchdown, helping the New York Jets destroy the Jacksonville Jaguars, 32-3, in Week 2 action. Mark Sanchez completed 17-of-24 passes for 182 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Jets (2-0), who rallied past the Cowboys, 27-24, last Sunday. Shonn Greene carried the ball 16 times for 49 yards and a score for New York. The news was not all good for the Jets, who lost All-Pro center Nick Mangold to an ankle injury late in the first quarter. Rookie Colin Baxter took over for Mangold. Luke McCown connected on 6-of-19 passes for 59 yards and four interceptions for the Jaguars (1-1), who failed to build off a 16-14 victory over the Titans last weekend. McCown's passer rating was a dismal 1.8.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 24, Seattle 0
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers emphatically rebounded from a Week 1 loss by shutting out the Seattle Seahawks, 24-0. Roethlisberger completed 22-of-30 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown and played mistake-free after accounting for five of the Steelers' seven turnovers in a 35-7 drubbing against the Ravens last Sunday. Mike Wallace caught eight passes for 126 yards and a score, while Rashard Mendenhall added 67 yards and another TD on the ground for Pittsburgh (1-1), which won its ninth straight home opener. Tarvaris Jackson passed for just 159 yards on 20-of-29 attempts, as Seattle (0-2) recorded just eight first downs to Pittsburgh's 23.
Final Score: Tennessee 26, Baltimore 13
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Matt Hasselbeck threw for 358 yards and a touchdown in the Tennessee Titans' convincing, 26-13 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Hasselbeck completed 30-of-42 passes against one interception. Kenny Britt had nine receptions for 135 yards and a score for the Titans (1-1), who secured Mike Munchak's first win as an NFL head coach. Joe Flacco threw for 197 yards and a touchdown against two interceptions on 15-of-32 passing for the Ravens (1-1), who were coming off of a galvanizing, 35-7 victory over the rival Steelers in Week 1. A 29- yard field goal from Billy Cundiff in the fourth quarter accounted for the lone Baltimore score of the second half.
Final Score: Washington 22, Arizona 21
Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Graham Gano kicked the 34-yard, game-winning field goal with less than two minutes remaining, to send the Washington Redskins to a 22-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Rex Grossman threw for 291 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for Washington (2-0). Gano made his one other field goal try from 26 yards. Fred Davis led Washington's receivers, catching six passes for 86 yards and a score, while Santana Moss hauled in five passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. Larry Fitzgerald had a big day in defeat, catching seven passes for 133 yards and a touchdown, while Kevin Kolb threw for 251 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 17- of-30 passing for Arizona (1-1). Beanie Wells added 93 yards on the ground and a touchdown for the Cardinals.
Final Score: Dallas 27, San Francisco 24 (OT)
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Dan Bailey hit a 48-yard field goal as time expired to send the game into overtime and then nailed an 19-yard chip shot to give the Cowboys a 27-24 victory over the 49ers. Tony Romo suffered a fractured rib in the first half and missed some time in the third quarter, but engineered the game-tying drive late in the fourth and hit Jesse Holley with a 77-yard pass to set up the game-deciding field goal. Romo threw for 345 yards and two scores on 20-of-33 pass attempts in the win for Dallas (1-1). Miles Austin caught three TD passes for the first time in his career and tallied 143 receiving yards. Jason Witten caught seven passes for 102 yards and Holley totaled three catches for 96 yards. Alex Smith completed 16-of-24 pass attempts for 179 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for San Francisco (1-1). Delanie Walker and Kyle Williams were on the receiving end of Smith's two TDs.
Final Score: Denver 24, Cincinnati 22
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Kyle Orton threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns on 15-of-25 passing and the Denver Broncos defense came up huge at the end of the game to preserve a 24-22 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Cincinnati had the ball at its own five-yard line with just over two minutes remaining in the game and rookie quarterback Andy Dalton showed poise as he led the offense as far as Denver's 48-yard line. Facing a 2nd-and-10, Dalton was sacked and then threw an incompletion on third down, leaving the Bengals with a 4th-and 19 play and under a minute remaining. Dalton's final pass fell incomplete and the Broncos held on for the win. Eric Decker hauled in five balls for 113 yards and two touchdowns and Willis McGahee ran for 101 yards and a touchdown on 28 attempts for the Broncos (1-1). Dalton had an outstanding day in defeat, throwing for 332 yards and two touchdowns for the Bengals (1-1). Rookie A.J. Green caught 10 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown and Cedric Benson rushed 16 times for 59 yards.
Final Score: Houston 23, Miami 13
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Matt Schaub threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns, as the Houston Texans earned a 23-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Arian Foster ran for 33 yards on 10 carries before aggravating a hamstring injury. He did not appear in the second half and was spelled by Ben Tate, who made his NFL debut last Sunday in the Texans' 34-7 thumping of division rival Indianapolis. Tate ran for 103 yards on 23 carries, while Andre Johnson had seven catches for 93 yards and a touchdown for the Texans (2-0). Chad Henne threw for 170 yards with one touchdown and an interception on 12-of-30 passing for the Dolphins (0-2), who have lost six straight and 11 of 12 at home. With Reggie Bush rendered ineffective -- six rushes, 18 yards -- rookie second-round pick Daniel Thomas carried the ball 18 times for 107 yards for Miami. Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.
Final Score: New England 35, San Diego 21
Foxboro, MA (Sports Network) - Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes, BenJarvus Green-Ellis added a score on the ground and the New England Patriots opened the home portion of their 2011 schedule with a 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers. Coming off a franchise-best 517 yards through the air last Monday in Miami, Brady finished with "only" 423 yards against San Diego while converting 31- of-40 passes. Brady completed at least one throw to seven different receivers, with Deion Branch amassing 129 yards on eight grabs. Rob Gronkowski caught four balls for 86 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Green-Ellis gained 70 yards on 17 carries for New England (2-0), which has yet to lose a home opener at Gillette Stadium. The facility opened prior to the 2002 season. Philip Rivers recorded 378 yards on 29-of-40 passing, but committed three of San Diego's four turnovers. Vincent Jackson had 172 yards and two touchdowns on 10 receptions for the Chargers (1-1), who outlasted Minnesota last week.
Final Score: Atlanta 35, Philadelphia 31
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Michael Turner rushed for the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter, and the Atlanta Falcons survived a grudge match by scoring 14 unanswered points to beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 35-31. Michael Vick, starting a game in Atlanta for the first time since he wore a Falcons uniform, went out with a concussion after he was knocked into one of his own teammates in the third quarter, forcing the Eagles to play the remainder of the game with third-stringer Mike Kafka under center. After Vick was hurt, LeSean McCoy scored his second touchdown of the game on a two-yard run to give the Eagles (1-1) a 31-21 lead. But the Falcons (1-1) rallied for two scores in the fourth quarter, coming back to win the game while their former No. 1 draft pick was inside being looked at. Matt Ryan passed for 195 yards and a career-high four touchdowns to lead Atlanta. Vick completed 19- of-28 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns, but threw an interception and fumbled twice in a mistake-prone start. Two of Vick's turnovers led to Atlanta touchdowns.
09/19 00:52:15 ET