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NFL Week 1 Sunday Summaries

NFL Week 1 Sunday Summaries
National Football League; Week One Game Summaries
The Associated Press - September 11, 2017

UNDATED - The Green Bay Packers could be a lot more than an offensive juggernaut this season.
 
The Packers gave up no touchdowns and turned a big defensive play into a score to earn a 17-9 win over the Seahawks. Seattle had to settle for three field goals and finished with just 225 net yards, with Russell Wilson completing 14 of 27 passes for 158 yards.
 
The game turned on a defensive play early in the second half. The Seahawks were leading 3-0 when defensive lineman Mike Daniels stripped Wilson of the football to set up Ty Montgomery's six-yard TD run on the next play.
 
Montgomery had a team-high 54 yards rushing for the Packers.
 
Aaron Rodgers was 28 of 42 for 311 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson to make it an eight-point game late in the third quarter.
 
The Packers possessed the ball for 39 minutes, picked up 370 total yards and had a 26-12 edge over Seattle in first downs.

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The other great matchup of the day was in Arlington, Texas, where Jason Witten scored the only touchdown and Dan Bailey drilled four field goals to lead the Cowboys past the Giants, 19-3.
 
Witten grabbed a 12-yard TD pass from Dak Prescott, who was 24 of 39 for 268 yards and no interceptions. Witten also became the Cowboys' all-time leader in receiving yards, passing Michael Irvin.

Bailey hit field goals of 48, 42 and 21 yards while Dallas was building a 16-0 halftime lead.

Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 104 yards, two days after his six-game suspension was blocked by a federal judge.

Eli Manning was 28 of 37 for 211 yards and an interception in his 200th consecutive start for the Giants.

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     Also in Week 1 action:
 
     - Matt Ryan connected with Austin Hooper on an 88-yard TD and led two fourth-quarter scoring drives as the Falcons outlasted the Bears, 23-17 in Chicago. Ryan was 21 of 30 for 321 yards and a touchdown, while Hooper had two catches for 128 yards. The Falcons' defense delivered a game-saving, goal-line stand after the Bears had first-and-10 at the Atlanta 5 in the final minute.

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     - DeShone Kizer was 20 of 30 for 222 yards and a touchdown, but the Steelers spoiled his NFL debut by defeating the Browns, 21-18. Antonio Brown made a crucial, leaping catch with under three minutes left and finished with 11 receptions for 182 yards. Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) completed 24 of his 36 passes for 263 yards, including two touchdowns to Jesse James.

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     - Matthew Stafford threw two of his four touchdown passes to rookie Kenny Golladay in the fourth quarter as the Lions rallied to beat the Cardinals, 35-23. Stafford was 29 for 41 yards for 292 yards, while Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer had one of his three interceptions returned by Miles Killebrew for a fourth-quarter score. The Cardinals scored the first 10 points of the game and led 17-9 late in the third period before giving up 26 straight points.

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     - Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-16 win at Tennessee. Marshawn Lynch finished with 18 carries for 76 yards in his first game since a one-year retirement. Giorgio Tavecchio kicked field goals of 20, 52, 52 and 43 yards in his NFL debut.

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     - Baltimore's rebuilt defense picked off Andy Dalton four times and forced him to fumble once in a 20-0 win at Cincinnati. The Ravens took control with a pair of touchdowns 24 seconds apart late in the half as Joe Flacco hit Jeremy Maclin for a 58-yard score and Terrence West added a two-yard TD run following an interception. Flacco was 9 of 17 for 121 yards with an interception in his first game since undergoing back surgery.

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     - Houston's newest starting quarterback lasted 30 minutes as Tom Savage was pulled in favor of rookie DeShaun Watson at halftime of a 30-7 loss to Jacksonville. Calais Campbell recorded four of the Jaguars' team-record 10 sacks, and Dante Fowler returned one of the Texans' four turnovers 53 yards for a score. Jags running back Leonard Fournette ran for 100 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut.        

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     - Jared Goff picked up his first win as an NFL starting quarterback by throwing for a career-high 306 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' 46-9 dismantling of the Colts. Trumaine Johnson and Lamarcus Joyner each had interception returns for touchdowns while Los Angeles made things miserable for Scott Tolzien. The Colts quarterback passed for just 128 yards in place of Andrew Luck, who is expected to miss at least one more game following shoulder surgery.

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     - The Eagles were 30-17 winners at Washington behind Carson Wentz, who completed 26 of his 39 throws for 307 yards and two touchdowns. Wentz made fewer errors than Washington's Kirk Cousins, who was picked off at the goal line and fumbled twice. Fletcher Cox clinched the victory by returning a fumble 20 yards for a TD with 1:29 remaining.

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     - Kyle Shanahan's first game as an NFL head coach was a bust as the 49ers were silenced by the Panthers, 23-3. Cam Newton threw a pair of touchdown passes following turnovers by Niners quarterback Brian Hoyer. Russell Sheppard had a 40-yard scoring reception for Carolina.

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     - The Bills were 21-12 winners over the Jets as Tyrod Taylor threw one-yard scoring passes to Charles Clay and Andre Holmes. Taylor completed 16 of 28 for 224 yards and an interception, while LaSean McCoy provided 110 of Buffalo's 190 rushing yards. New York's running back tandem of Bilal Powell and Matt Forte combined for 38 yards rushing.

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     - Tampa Bay and Miami were postponed due to Hurricane Irma. The game has been rescheduled for Nov. 19, a bye week for both teams.



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