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On 09/13/2011 06:51 AM in NFL

NFL Game Capsules (Monday, September 12th)

Final Score: New England 38, Miami 24

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Tom Brady started the 2011 campaign right where he left off the 2010 regular season, with an epic, MVP-type performance. Brady threw for a New England team-record 517 yards in a 38-24 win over the Dolphins. The league's reigning MVP, who connected on 32-of-48 passes with four touchdowns, compiled the fifth-most passing yards in an NFL game and completed a 99-yard TD pass to Wes Welker. New England had 622 total yards and Brady had the most single-game passing yardage in Monday Night Football history. Welker had eight catches for 160 yards and a pair of scores. Tight end Aaron Hernandez complemented the attack with seven grabs for 103 yards and a TD for the Patriots (1-0), who went a league-best 14-2 last year, but were upset by the Jets in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Dolphins (0-1), coming off their second straight 7-9 campaign, got 416 yards passing from Chad Henne. He threw for a pair of scores on 30-of-49 efficiency with one interception on the game's final play. Brandon Marshall had 139 yards on seven receptions. Reggie Bush, who was traded from New Orleans to Miami in the offseason, caught a TD pass and ended with nine catches for 56 yards, and 11 rushes for 38 yards.

Final Score: Oakland 23, Denver 20

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Jason Campbell accounted for two touchdowns and Sebastian Janikowski matched an NFL record by kicking a 63-yard field goal, helping the Raiders hold off the Broncos, 23-20, in their season-opener. Campbell completed 13-of-22 passes for 105 yards, while Darren McFadden added 150 yards on 22 carries. Janikowski added makes of 37 and 21 yards for Oakland (1-0), which is coming off an 8-8 season and played its first game under new head coach Hue Jackson. Eric Decker had a punt return for a touchdown for Denver, while Kyle Orton passed for 304 yards and a touchdown. But Orton had an interception and one of two lost fumbles as the Broncos (0-1) stumbled to the loss in the debut of their new head coach, John Fox. Fox, the former Carolina Panthers' head coach, was hired by Denver after its substandard 2010. The Broncos fired Josh McDaniels in December and went 4-12. The Raiders recorded their first season-opening win since 2002, and have won eight in a row vs. the AFC West.