Patriots 19, Bills 17
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England came back from an ugly start, going ahead on a fourth-quarter safety for the win. The Patriots trailed by 10 points at halftime in their first season opener in three years not preceded by the unveiling of a championship banner. And on the game's first play from scrimmage, Tom Brady fumbled as he was belted by Takeo Spikes, and London Fletcher ran the recovery in for a 5-yard touchdown. It was Bill Belichick's 100th career win as a head coach. New England cut the lead to 17-14 with 2:52 left in the third quarter on Brady's 17-yard pass to Kevin Faulk after Buffalo went for it on fourth-and-1 at the Patriots 7 and the line stopped Willis McGahee for no gain. Stephen Gostkowski, the rookie replacing clutch kicker Adam Vinatieri, connected on a 32-yard field goal that tied the game at 17 with 9:33 remaining.
Jets 23, Titans 16
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Chad Pennington, returning from two shoulder operations in as many years, threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns. The Titans trailed 16-0 until Travis Henry tied the game, rushing for two fourth quarter touchdowns within five minutes. The Jets' Mike Nugent missed an extra point and two field-goal attempts.
Bears 26, Packers 0
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Chicago barely let Brett Favre touch the ball, shutting out the three-time MVP for the first time in his 16-year pro career. Quarterback Rex Grossman found Bernard Berrian for a 49-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive. It would be the Bears' only offensive TD of the day, but Chicago moved the ball well enough to keep the game largely out of Favre's hands.
Lions 9, Seahawks 6
DETROIT -- The defending NFC champions got off on the right foot when Josh Brown kicked a 42-yard field goal on the last play of the game. The Seahawks, who led the NFL in scoring last season, started the game-winning drive at their 20 with 3:13 left after Lions' new coach Rod Marinelli decided against a long field goal attempt. All the scores in the game came on field goals.
Falcons 20, Panthers 6
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- John Abraham had two sacks and forced two fumbles in his first game with the Falcons, while Michael Vick threw two touchdown passes as Atlanta made up for two losses by a combined score of 68-17 last season. Warrick Dunn rushed for 132 yards for the Falcons, who had 252 on the ground in all, the second most allowed by the Panthers.
Rams 18, Broncos 10
ST. LOUIS -- Austintown native Jeff Wilkins kicked a franchise-record six field goals, and the new-look St. Louis defense forced five turnovers. The Rams clinched the win when Denver quarterback Jake Plummer threw his third interception.
Colts 26, Giants 21
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A little bit older, a little more experienced, Peyton Manning was also a little bit better than Eli in the Manning Bowl. The Indianapolis Colts also made fewer mistakes than the New York Giants in the first NFL game to feature two brothers starting at quarterback. Big brother Peyton was 25-of-41 for 276 yards and a touchdown and the Colts scored on five of their first seven possessions to defeat Eli and the Giants.
Jaguars 24, Cowboys 17
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Terrell Owens made his presence felt early and late. As in, too early to hurt the Jaguars and too late to help the Cowboys. Byron Leftwich threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score, and Fred Taylor had 115 combined yards. Owens finished with six receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown, but the Jaguars held him without a catch through much of the second half. Still, Owens keyed all three of Dallas' scoring drives, including a 21-yard TD reception with 1:54 to play that cut the lead the 24-17.
Ravens 27, Buccaneers 0
TAMPA, Fla. -- Steve McNair started his first game for the Ravens, but it was the defense that stood out as Baltimore broke an 11-game road losing streak. Chris McAlister returned one of the Ravens' three interceptions 61 yards for a touchdown and 340-pound rookie Haloti Ngata lumbered 60 yards with a tipped pass to set up a field goal.
Eagles 24, Texans 10
HOUSTON -- Donovan McNabb and Donte' Stallworth are on their way to erasing the ugly scar Terrell Owens left on the Eagles. McNabb threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns, including one to Stallworth, who had six catches for 141 yards.
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