Cowboys 45 Giants 35
Dallas came into its matchup with New York with a vaunted defense, but came out winning an offensive battle. Both Tony Romo and Eli Manning threw for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns in a wild game. Romo also scored on a touchdown run.
The Cowboys' Terrell Owens caught three passes, two for touchdowns, while the Giants' Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer combined to catch 17 balls for 235 yards and three touchdowns - all by Burress.
Giants running back Brandon Jacobs and defensive end Osi Umenyiora suffered knee injuries in the loss, while Manning was knocked out late in the game.
Bears 3 Chargers 14
LaDainian Tomlinson didn't have his usual day at the office, but that was just fine with the way Rex Grossman and Co. were playing. L.T. and the Chargers overcame a slow start with a strong second half.
L.T. ran for a touchdown and threw for another and Philip Rivers threw for 191 yards on 22-of-31 passing as San Diego won 14-3. The Bears fell to last place in the NFC Central after the division's three other teams won Sunday.
Chicago continued its offensive frustrations from last season, as Rex Grossman threw for just 145 yards with one interception. Cedric Benson ran 19 times for 42 yards in his first game as the featured back, as the Bears shipped Thomas Jones to the Jets in the offseason.
Lions 36 Raiders 21
For one week at least, the Lions will be atop the standings in the NFC North.
Jon Kitna led a fourth-quarter comeback and a couple of key defensive plays by Dewayne White helped Detroit rally past the Raiders 36-21 on Sunday.
Kitna threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Shaun McDonald with 4:15 remaining and White forced two late turnovers that helped the Lions recover after blowing a 17-point lead.
Bucs 6 Seahawks 20
Matt Hasselback and Shaun Alexander displayed midseason form and the Seahawks' defense collared the beat up Buccanneers in solid 20-6 season-opening victory.
Tampa Bay QB Jeff Garcia and RB Carnell Williams left the game with injuries on back-to-back plays in the third quarter, ending any hopes of Bucs' comeback.
Hasselbeck connected on 17 of 24 passes, including the game-winning touchdown, while Alexander added 105 yards and a score.
Broncos 15 Bills 14
Leave it to Jason Elam to produce in the clutch.
Elam, who has scored more for one team than anyone else in NFL history, hit a 42-yard field goal just before time ran out to lift the Denver Broncos to a 15-14 victory over the Buffalo in their opener Sunday.
Elam, who had missed two field goals earlier, almost didn't have a chance to make up for his misses. The Broncos were out of timeouts when Jay Cutler hit Javon Walker for an 11-yard catch with 14 seconds left.
Dolphins 13 Redskins 16 (OT)
Jason Campbell struggled, Jon Jansen was injured and it was still a good day for the Washington Redskins.
And that was thanks largely to Antwaan Randle El.
Randle El had a career-best 162 receiving yards and contributed to every Washington score in regulation.
Even so, the game wasn't won until Shaun Suisham kicked a 39-yard field goal 5:36 into the extra period to spoil the NFL head coaching debut of Miami's Cam Cameron.
Panthers 27 Rams 13
Steve Smith conjured echoes of the 2003 playoffs with another long touchdown catch that propelled the Carolina Panthers to victory and quieted a road crowd.
Smith outsprinted Tye Hill on a 68-yard catch for the go-ahead play in Carolina's 27-13 opening victory on Sunday. As Smith eased into the end zone, Hill stumbled and then slid on his stomach for several yards.
The play was reminiscent of Smith's 69-yard shocker in the second overtime of the division playoff game between the teams that left Rams safety Jason Sehorn grasping only air and sent Carolina to its first Super Bowl appearance.
Patriots 38 Jets 14
Tom Brady was well protected, and looked to be in midseason form. Randy Moss got loose for a 51-yard touchdown, and loudly announced his return as an NFL playmaker. Jets QB Chad Pennington had to come out of the game with an injury.
It all added up to a long day for the Jets, and an impressive opening-day victory for Brady and the Patriots.
Brady completed 22 of 28 passes and Moss had nine catches for 183 yards in an eye-popping Patriots debut as New England rolled to the victory at the Meadowlands.
Falcons 3 Vikings 24
The Vikings controlled the game on both sides of the ball in a convincing 24-3 win over the Falcons to open the season.
Minnesota's defense returned two Joey Harrington interceptions for touchdowns, while totaling six sacks on the day.
In his pro debut, Adrian Peterson rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries. He also caught a 60-yard touchdown pass to put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter.
Titans 13 Jaguars 10
Apparently, the Titans are doing just fine so far without Travis Henry in the backfield.
Chris Brown rushed for 175 yards, and Jacksonville rolled up nearly 300 yards on the ground in a 13-10 win at Jacksonville, exposing a Jaguars defense that was among the league leaders against the run last season.
David Garrard, who replaced Byron Leftwich at quarterback for the Jags, finished 17-of-30 for 204 yards and a touchdown, outdueling Vince Young on the day.
Steelers 34 Browns 7
The Pittsburgh Steelers haven't changed a bit under Mike Tomlin.
In their first game in 15 years without iconic coach Bill Cowher stalking the sideline, the Steelers looked the same while smashing and slapping around the Cleveland - again.
Ben Roethlisberger threw a career-high four touchdown passes and Pittsburgh rolled to a 34-7 win in Tomlin's NFL coaching debut and embarrassed the Browns, who had a disastrous season opener at home.
Packers 16 Eagels 13
Neither side looked sharp in a sloppy game filed with costly turnovers. However, the Packers capitalized on the Eagles? last mistake to win 16-13.
After Green Bay scored on a touchdown on a muffed punt earlier in the game, Mason Crosby's game-winning field goal was set up by a mishandle punt late in the fourth quarter.
Brett Favre struggled, but still did enough to tie John Elway's record with his 148th career victory as a starting quarterback.
Texans 20 Chiefs 3
Two new quarterbacks faced off for their respective teams Sunday, and Houston's Matt Schaub outplayed Kansas City's Damon Huard.
Schaub threw for 225 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson, and the Houston defense intercepted Huard twice in a 20-3 win.
The Texans limited Chiefs running back Larry Johnson to 43 yards on 10 carries, and DE Mario Williams returned a fumble 38 yards for Houston's other touchdown.
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