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A look back at week one in the NFL

Marques Eversoll, Sports Editor
September 16, 2013
Filed under Sports

49ers 34, Packers 28

In a rematch of last season’s NFC Divisional Playoffs, the Green Bay Packers fell to the San Francisco 49ers 34-28 in perhaps the most competitive game of opening weekend.

In January, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick racked up a quarterback-record 181 rushing yards against the Packers. On Sunday, Kaepernick threw for a career-best 412 yards against a leaky Green Bay secondary.

The Packers were playing without safety Morgan Burnett, who had started all 32 regular-season games the previous two seasons. Jerron McMillian and M.D. Jennings filled the two safety spots as Burnett sat out.

Green Bay’s defense kept Kaepernick in the pocket, but the third-year quarterback had plenty of time to throw against an inexperienced secondary, as he was able to hook up with offseason acquisition Anquan Boldin 13 times.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers powered the offense with 333 passing yards and three touchdowns. His lone interception on the afternoon went off the hands of tight end Jermichael Finley and into the arms of 49ers safety Eric Reid.

Finley would later catch a 12-yard touchdown to bring the score to a 14-14 tie at halftime.

Rookie running back Eddie Lacy, the Packers’ second-round pick in this year’s draft, scored his first NFL touchdown on a fourth-quarter touchdown plunge. Lacy was benched briefly earlier in the game after losing a fumble, but head coach Mike McCarthy had the former Alabama star back in after giving James Starks a few carries.

Running back Frank Gore regained the lead for the 49ers by scoring a one-yard touchdown to cap off an 80-yard drive. San Francisco would not surrender the lead, and the result in Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season looks very similar to the result in January.


Broncos 49, Ravens 27

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes, as Denver defeated the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and offseason acquisition Wes Welker each caught two touchdowns, while Andre Caldwell hauled in a score of his own. Playing without stars Von Miller and Champ Bailey, the Broncos were tested by the Ravens in the first half, but they used a 21-0 third quarter to gain control of the game.


Lions 34, Vikings 24

Adrian Peterson, fresh off the second-best season ever by a running back, went 78 yards for a touchdown on his first touch of the season.

But following the explosive start, it was an ugly first half for both teams as turnovers and penalties clouded an otherwise competitive half.

In his Lions debut, running back Reggie Bush accumulated 201 total yards and a touchdown to power Detroit to a 1-0 start.


Bears 24, Bengals 21

In Marc Trestman’s first game as Bears head coach, the Chicago Bears rallied to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals, despite receiver A.J. Green’s 162 yards and two scores. Brandon Marshall went over 100 yards receiving and caught the game-winning touchdown from Jay Cutler. Bears cornerback Charles Tillman intercepted two Andy Dalton passes, as the Bears held the Bengals to just seven points in the second half.


Saints 23, Falcons 17

Saints head coach Sean Payton, returning from his yearlong suspension for the bounty-gate scandal, coached his first game in nearly 19 months. The Falcons had a busy offseason, signing veteran running back Steven Jackson, while tight end Tony Gonzalez committed to playing one more season. But on opening Sunday, the Saints outshined the Falcons, due in large part to Roman Harper’s game-winning interception in the endzone. Saints running back Darren Sproles totaled 110 yards from scrimmage on 14 touches.


Patriots 23, Bills 21

After a turbulent offseason in regards to former tight end Aaron Hernandez, the New England Patriots were surprised by the Buffalo Bills and first-year head coach Doug Marrone. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was without top target Rob Gronkowski, leaving the door open for veteran receiver Julian Edelman to catch a pair of touchdowns. In defeat, Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel, in his first career start, threw for 150 yards and two scores.


Seahawks 12, Panthers 7

In a defensive struggle, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was held to 43 yards on 17 carries, but quarterback Russell Wilson threw Seattle’s lone touchdown to receiver Jermaine Kearse, giving the Seahawks an opening-day victory. A popular preseason Super Bowl pick, the Seahawks were a heavy favorite headed into Sunday’s game, but the Panthers held strong defensively. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton threw for 125 yards and a touchdown in defeat.


Dolphins 23, Browns 10

Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline caught a game-high nine passes for 114 yards and a touchdown to power Miami to a Week 1 victory over the Browns. For Cleveland, quarterback Brandon Weeden threw three interceptions and one touchdown to tight end Jordan Cameron, who caught nine passes for 108 yards and a score. Miami’s defense was impressive throughout, holding Browns running back Trent Richardson to 47 yards on 13 carries.


Colts 21, Raiders 17

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck raced for a 19-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to regain the lead for Indianapolis, despite Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s impressive debut. Pryor rushed for 112 yards but threw the game away with a late interception — his second redzone turnover of the game. Colts receiver Reggie Wayne caught eight passes for 96 yards and a touchdown against an inexperienced Raiders secondary.


Chiefs 28, Jaguars 2

The Jacksonville offense failed to score a point as the Chiefs came out on the winning end of Sunday’s biggest blowout. Head coach Andy Reid won his Kansas City coaching debut, although star running back Jamaal Charles left the game early with an injury to his quad. Prior to leaving the game, Charles powered the Chiefs with 100 all-purpose yards and a touchdown.


Jets 18, Buccaneers 17

In his first career start, Jets quarterback Geno Smith earned a victory by throwing for 256 yards and a score against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Smith was effective as a runner as well, racking up 47 yards on the ground. Trailing 17-15 late in the game, Smith was hit late by Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David, drawing a 15-yard penalty, which set up a first-and-10 on Tampa Bay’s 30-yard-line. Jets kicker Nick Folk kicked a game-winning field goal to preserve the win.


Titans 16, Steelers 9

The Tennessee defense sacked Ben Roethlisberger five times and held the Steelers to less than 200 yards of total offense. Despite gaining only 229 yards themselves, the Titans won the game thanks, in large part, to three Rob Bironas field goals. In a forgettable game, Titans quarterback Jake Locker earned a win despite throwing for 125 yards, while Chris Johnson racked up 70 yards on 25 carries.


Rams 27, Cardinals 24

In one of the more competitive Sunday games, quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Carson Palmer combined for 626 yards and four touchdowns as the Rams won thanks to a late field goal. The Rams outscored the Cardinals 14-0 in the fourth quarter to preserve the win. In his debut with the Rams, tight end Jared Cook caught seven passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns to pace the teams offense.


Cowboys 36, Giants 31

In primetime on Sunday Night Football, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw for a pair of touchdowns, and the Dallas defense intercepted Eli Manning three times to start the season with a win. Giants running back David Wilson lost a pair of fumbles, and the Cowboys took over the game when cornerback Brandon Carr returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown.