Rookie Cade York booted a 58-yard field goal with eight seconds left, Kareem Hunt scored twice and the Cleveland Browns spoiled Baker Mayfield’s quest for revenge with a 26-24 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Nick Chubb ran for 141 yards and Hunt had 70 yards from scrimmage as the Browns won their season opener for the first time since 2004. Mayfield overcame a slow start by leading the Panthers back from a 13-point fourth quarter deficit running for a 7-yard touchdown and finding Robbie Anderson for a 75-yard touchdown strike. He then led the Panthers on a 64-yard drive in seven plays to set up Eddy Pineiro’s field goal with 1:13 left in the game.
Jacoby Brissett, filling in for suspended Browns star Deshaun Watson, completed passes to Donovan Peoples-Jones and Amari Cooper to set up York’s game-winning drive, the franchise’s longest since 1984. Mayfield, who spent four seasons with Cleveland before he traded in. July, completed 16 of 27 for 235 yards.
The Browns harassed Mayfield for most of the game, sacking him four times and skipping five passes at the line of scrimmage. The No. 1 overall draft pick made
Pittsburgh Steelers 23-20 Cincinnati Bengals
Chris Boswell kicked a 53-yard field goal as time expired in overtime and the Pittsburgh Steelers overcame a TJ Watt injury late in the fourth quarter to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in a sloppy season opener for both teams.
Watt had one of four interceptions from Joe Burrow, who bounced back from a terrible start and rallied Cincinnati from a 17-6 halftime deficit. His six-yard touchdown pass to Ja’Marr Chase tied it at 20 with two seconds left in regulation, but the game went to overtime after Minkah Fitzpatrick blocked a punt after Evan McPherson’s attempt.
McPherson and Boswell missed potential game-winning field goals in overtime before Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky completed passes of nine, 26 and 10 yards in the final 56 seconds.
Watt, the Defensive Player of the Year, left the field and went to the locker room shortly before the game went into overtime with a pectoral injury. Before that, he was his usual restless self, with sacks and picks.
Burrow’s four interceptions were a career-worst, and he was sacked seven times in front of an improved offensive line. He was 33 for 53 for 338 yards and two touchdowns.
Green Bay Packers 3-27 Minnesota Vikings
Justin Jefferson began his third season with Minnesota by leading Green Bay to 184 receiving yards and two touchdowns, leading the Packers to a 23-7 victory in his first game under new Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell.
After accumulating the most receiving yards (3,016) in the first two years of a player in the NFL, Jefferson set the all-time Vikings receiving record with 158 yards in the first half against a stacked Packers defense.
Kansas City Chiefs 44-21 Arizona Cardinals
Patrick Mahomes threw for 360 yards and five touchdowns, lifting the Kansas City Chiefs to an impressive 44-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
The game was never in doubt after the opening minutes, with Mahomes picking apart the Cardinals defense with his usual string of good decisions and nice passing touch. The quarterback was playing his first NFL game against Kliff Kingsbury, who coached Mahomes in college at Texas Tech and now leads the Cardinals.
New York Giants 21-20 Tennessee Titans
Daniel Jones hit Chris Myarick for a one-yard touchdown pass, then found Saquon Barkley on a shovel pass for the two-point conversion with 1:06 left, giving the New York Giants a 21-20 victory over the Tennessee Titans and Brian a do. Daboll winner in his training debut.
Daboll didn’t hesitate to keep his offense on the field for the two-point conversion, which snapped the Giants’ skid of five straight losses in the season opener. The Titans, the AFC’s No. 1 seed with a 12-5 record a year ago, had a chance to win as time expired. But Randy Bullock booted a 47-yard field goal wide left after scoring two earlier against one of his former teams.
Las Vegas Raiders 19–24 Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns, Khalil Mack had three sacks in his Chargers debut and Los Angeles lost to Las Vegas, spoiling Josh McDaniels first game as coach of the Raiders.
The game was a rematch of last season’s regular season finale, which Las Vegas won on a field goal in the final seconds of overtime to knock the Chargers out of the playoff spot. Herbert completed 26 of 34 passes and had a 129.4 passer rating despite Keenan Allen leaving with a hamstring injury in the first half and Mike Williams not having a catch until the fourth quarter.
Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 Detroit Lions
Jalen Hurts accounted for 333 yards and a touchdown and AJ Brown had a career-high 155-yard touchdown in his first time in Philadelphia, helping the Eagles hold on for a 38-35 victory over the Detroit Lions.
The Eagles scored 24 points in the second quarter and had a 17-point lead in the fourth that was cut to three when Jared Goff threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to DJ Chark with 3:51 left. Philadelphia sealed the win with Miles Sanders’ 24-yard run on third-and-two from the Eagles 27 just before the two-minute warning and Hurts’ sneak that turned a fourth-and-one from the Detroit 40 with 50 seconds left.
Jacksonville Jaguars 22-28 Washington Commanders
Carson Wentz bounced back from throwing interceptions on consecutive plays early in the fourth quarter, completing his third and fourth touchdowns to lead Washington to a 28-22 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars in his debut for the team known as the Commanders. It was his first four-TD game since tearing the ACL in his left knee while with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017. And he joined former Eagles coach Doug Pederson on the sideline leading the Jaguars for the first time.
New Orleans Saints 27-26 Atlanta Falcons
Wil Lutz kicked a 51-yard field goal with 19 seconds left to cap a great fourth quarter comeback by the New Orleans Saints, who overcame a 16-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 27-26 in the debut of coach Dennis Allen.
After struggling offensively through most of the season opener, Jamies Winston led the Saints to three straight scores. The first two ended with touchdown passes to Michael Thomas. The Saints converted one two-point attempt, but failed on the other, leaving the Falcons clinging to a 26-24 lead. New Orleans got the ball back one more time, taking possession at their own 20 with 48 seconds left with no timeouts. It was no problem for Winston and the Saints.
New England Patriots 7-20 Miami Dolphins
Tua Tagovailoa ran for 270 yards and a touchdown and the Miami Dolphins gave an early glimpse of their ability to contend in the AFC East as they beat Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots 20-7.
Facing Belichick in leadership coaching is never easy. But Mike McDaniel, the former 49ers offensive coordinator who was hired as Dolphins head coach in February, used a capable defense and the rushing options he introduced during the offseason to extend Miami’s winning streak against the Patriots to four games.
San Francisco 49ers 10–19 Chicago Bears
Justin Fields threw two touchdowns in the second half, Eddie Jackson set up a TD with an interception and the Chicago Bears gave Matt Eberflus a win in his first coaching game, beating the San Francisco 49ers.
Fields shook off a rough first half, throwing a 51-yard TD to Dante Pettis in the third quarter and connecting with Equanimeous St. Brown for an 18-yarder early in the fourth to put Chicago on top 13-10. Jackson then picked off Trey Lance near midfield for his first interception of 2019 and returned the ball to the 21. That led to Khalil Herbert’s six-yard touchdown, making it 19- 10.
Baltimore Ravens 24-9 New York Jets
Lamar Jackson threw three touchdown passes, including two to Devin Duvernay, as the Baltimore Ravens rolled past the New York Jets 24-9 on a rainy afternoon.
Jackson went 17 of 30 for 213 yards, including a TD to Rasod Bateman, and an interception. The performance came hours after ESPN reported Jackson turned down a five-year extension offer worth more than $250m. Baltimore general manager Eric DeCosta said in a statement Friday that the sides would continue to work on an extension after the season. Jackson, entering his fifth-year option on his rookie deal, gave the Ravens some more to consider.
Indianapolis Colts 20-20 Texas Texas
Indianapolis’ Matt Ryan scored in the fourth quarter to force overtime against the Houston Texans in his Colts debut, but neither team was able to score on two overtime possessions each and the game ended in a 20-20 tie.
The Texans led 20-3 entering the fourth quarter in coach Lovie Smith’s game, but Ryan led three straight scores, culminating with his 15-yard touchdown pass to Michael Pittman with 1:54 left.
Indianapolis got the ball back with 1:19 left in regulation but was forced to get a sign of things to come in the extra period. Houston got the ball first in OT, but Davis Mills was sacked twice, leading to a punt.
The Colts moved into a field goal area with a 13-play drive that chewed up 6:30, but Rodrigo Blankenship’s 42-yard attempt sailed right wide with two minutes left. Rex Burkhead fell for a two-yard loss on third-and-one with 40 seconds left and the Texans punted again, essentially playing for the draw.