Panthers run over struggling Saints

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees shakes hands with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees shakes hands with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton during an NFL football game in Charlotte, North Carolina September 16, 2012. (REUTERS/Chris Keane)

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Carolina 35, New Orleans 27

Charlotte - The Carolina Panthers trio of Cam Newton, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart ran through a plethora of gaping holes and handed the New Orleans Saints their first 0-2 start since 2007. Newton, Williams and Stewart helped the Panthers total 219 yards rushing in Carolina's 35-27 win over the Saints. Down by eight with 48 seconds left and no timeouts, the Saints got the ball at their own 20-yard line, but Jon Beason intercepted Drew Brees' pass over the middle with 23 seconds remaining to seal the win. Newton carried the ball 13 times for 71 yards and a touchdown, Williams ran for 69 yards and a score on 14 rushes and the returning Stewart, who missed the opener with a right ankle injury, added 51 yards on the ground. Newton also threw for 253 yards with a touchdown on 14- of-20 efficiency, while Steve Smith caught three balls for 104 yards -- his 40th career 100-plus yard receiving game -- for Carolina (1-1), which fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in its opener. Brees was 31-of-49 for 325 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for New Orleans (0-2), which began the 2007 campaign 0-4 before finishing 7-9.

Cincinnati 34, Cleveland 27

Cincinnati - Andy Dalton threw for 318 yards with three touchdowns, as the Cincinnati Bengals held off the Cleveland Browns, 34-27, at Paul Brown Stadium. A.J. Green caught seven passes for 58 yards and a score, while Brandon Tate and Andrew Hawkins each caught a touchdown pass for the Bengals (1-1), who rebounded from Monday's 44-13 pounding in Baltimore with their seventh win in the last eight meetings with the Browns. Cleveland rookies Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson also bounced back nicely from poor performances in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles, but their efforts were not enough, as the Browns (0-2) never led and fell to 0-2 for the fourth time in the last five seasons.

Indianapolis 23, Minnesota 20

Indianapolis - Adam Vinatieri booted a game-winning, 53- yard field goal with eight seconds left as the Indianapolis Colts edged the Minnesota Vikings, 23-20, on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. After allowing the game-tying touchdown with under a minute to play, the Colts got the ball back at their own 20 with 31 seconds remaining. On the first play of the drive, Andrew Luck connected with Donnie Avery for 20 yards up to the 40-yard line. Luck then hit Reggie Wayne for 20 more yards to bring the ball to the Minnesota 40. An offside call on the defense put the ball at the 35 and Vinatieri knocked it through the uprights with ease to give Luck his first NFL win. The Stanford product finished with 224 yards and two scores on 20- of-31 passing for the Colts (1-1), who did not win for the first time last season until Week 15. Avery caught nine passes for 111 yards, while Wayne hauled in six balls for 71 yards and a touchdown. Donald Brown led the rushing attack with 45 yards on 16 carries. Christian Ponder threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns on 27-of-35 passing for the Vikings (1-1), who snuck past the Jacksonville Jaguars in overtime last week.

Houston 27, Jacksonville 7

Jacksonville - Arian Foster rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown, while Ben Tate added a pair of scores on the ground, as the Houston Texans stymied the Jacksonville Jaguars offense in a 27-7 triumph on Sunday at EverBank Field. Foster, who became the all-time leader on the Texans' rushing yardage list in the process, carried the ball 28 times and added six catches for 37 yards, while Tate rushed for 74 yards on 12 carries and hauled in four passes for 23 yards. Matt Schaub connected on 26-of-35 passes for 195 yards, as the Texans (2-0) earned their fourth straight victory over the Jags and won back-to-back games to open a season for the third straight year. Blaine Gabbert struggled for the Jags, who managed a franchise-low 117 total yards of offense. The second-year quarterback went just 7-of-19 for 53 yards and a touchdown before being removed late in the fourth quarter with a leg injury. Maurice Jones-Drew was the lone bright spot for Jacksonville (0-2), rushing for 60 yards on 12 carries and adding three catches for seven yards for the Jags, who were coming off a heartbreaking overtime loss to Minnesota in Week 1.

Miami 35, Oakland 13

Miami - Reggie Bush ran for 172 yards with a pair of touchdowns, leading the Miami Dolphins to a 35-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders at Sun Life Stadium. Ryan Tannehill notched his first win as an NFL quarterback, throwing for 200 yards with his first touchdown. The first- round pick also ran for a score as he and the Dolphins (1-1) bounced back from a dismal opener last week in Houston and gave Joe Philbin his first win as an NFL head coach. Miami failed to score an offensive touchdown in the 30-10 loss to the Texans, as Tannehill threw three interceptions in the setback. On Sunday, the Texas A&M product completed 18-of-30 passes and was not picked off, directing four second-half scoring drives. Brian Hartline was his favorite target, catching nine passes for 111 yards. The Miami rushing attack was also a factor with 263 yards. Oakland (0-2) was coming off a Monday night loss to San Diego in its opener and has dropped its first two games for the first time since the 2007 campaign.

Arizona 20, New England 18

Foxboro - Running back Ryan Williams and the rest of the Arizona Cardinals can breathe a sigh of relief. The Cardinals held on for a 20-18 win Sunday at Gillette Stadium after New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed a 42-yard field goal with one second remaining. Looking to run off more of the clock before punting the ball back to the Patriots, linebacker Brandon Spikes forced a Williams fumble that was recovered by Vince Wilfork at the Arizona 30-yard line with 61 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. On second down, Danny Woodhead ran for a touchdown, but the score was nullified by a holding penalty on Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots eventually moved the ball to the 24, and Gostkowski, who had been 4-for-4 to that point, including a pair of 50-plus yard kicks, pushed his attempt wide left.

NY Giants 41, Tampa Bay 34

East Rutherford - Andre Brown's 2-yard rushing touchdown with 31 seconds left capped a huge fourth quarter, as the New York Giants rallied past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 41-34. Eli Manning threw two of his three touchdown passes in the fourth period for the Giants (1-1), who bounced back from a season-opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 5. He finished 31-of-51 for 510 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Manning's 510 passing yards was a career high and just three shy of the franchise record of 513 by Phil Simms (at Cincinnati, Oct. 13, 1985). Brown carried the ball 13 times for 71 yards and a touchdown for the victors. Victor Cruz caught 11 passes for 179 yards and a score while Hakeem Nicks hauled in 10 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown. The news was not all good for the Giants. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), right tackle David Diehl (knee) and wide receiver Domenik Hixon (concussion) left the game with injuries.

Philadelphia 24, Baltimore 23

Philadelphia - Michael Vick scored on a 1-yard run with just 1:55 remaining to lift the Philadelphia Eagles to a 24-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Trailing 23-17, Vick led the Eagles down the field with a 10-play, 80-yard march to take the lead, capped by the touchdown scamper. Vick took the snap and ran to his left before diving across the goal line. On the previous play Vick dropped back to pass and was hit as he was releasing the ball. The play was originally ruled a fumble, but an official review overturned the call. Joe Flacco's pass on 4th-and-1 with 54 seconds to play sailed out of bounds and the Eagles (2-0) held on for a second straight narrow win. Vick finished the game 23-for-32 through the air for 371 yards and a touchdown, but threw two interceptions. Vick also rushed for 33 yards and a score. LeSean McCoy ran for 81 yards and a touchdown, but lost a fumble, one of the Eagles' four turnovers.

Seattle 27, Dallas 7

Seattle - Marshawn Lynch got stronger as the game went along and helped rookie quarterback Russell Wilson notch his first career victory. Lynch carried the ball 26 times for 122 yards, with 100 coming in the second half, and a touchdown as the Seattle Seahawks routed the Dallas Cowboys, 27-7, on Sunday. Russell Wilson was efficient and completed 15-of-20 passes for 151 yards and a score for the Seahawks (1-1), who dropped their opener to the Arizona Cardinals. Tony Romo was 23-of-40 for 251 yards with a touchdown and interception for Dallas (1-1), which defeated the New York Giants last Wednesday. Miles Austin caught five balls for 63 yards and a score, while DeMarco Murray was limited to 44 yards on 12 carries in defeat.

St. Louis 31, Washington 28

St. Louis - Sam Bradford had three touchdown passes on 26-of-35 attempts for 310 yards to lead the St. Louis Rams to a 31-28 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Danny Amendola totaled 15 catches for 160 yards and a score while Matthew Mulligan and Brandon Gibson each caught a touchdown pass for the Rams (1-1), who snapped an eight-game losing streak that went back to last season. Daryl Richardson carried the ball 15 times for 83 yards while Steven Jackson added nine carries for 58 yards in the win for St. Louis, which won its home- opener after going 1-7 in front of the fans last season. Robert Griffin III again impressed as the rookie was all over the score sheet, going 20-for-29 with 206 yards, one touchdown and one interception while also carrying the ball 11 times for 82 yards and two scores for the Redskins (1-1), who were coming off last week's season-opening win against New Orleans.

Pittsburgh 27, NY Jets 10

Pittsburgh - Ben Roethlisberger threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns and the Pittsburgh Steelers shut down the New York Jets in a 27-10 victory at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh, looking to bounce back after its season-opening loss to the Broncos, controlled the ball for 36 1/2 minutes, icing the game with a 14- play, 75-yard drive that took 10-plus minutes off the game clock. Isaac Redman capped the trek and sealed the outcome with a two-yard touchdown run, as the Steelers (1-1) rolled to their 10th straight win in home openers. Roethlisberger completed 24-of-31 passes against a Jets secondary that was without the services of Darrelle Revis. He found Antonio Brown seven times for 79 yards, while Mike Wallace caught five passes for 74 yards and a score. Mark Sanchez was just 10-of-27 through the air and ended with just 138 passing yards -- 80 of that coming on the Jets' first possession.

San Diego 38, Tennessee 10

San Diego - Phillip Rivers threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns to lead the San Diego Chargers to a 38-10 triumph over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Rivers completed 24-of-32 passes and Dante Rosario caught three touchdowns for the Chargers, who move to 2-0 for the first time since 2006. Jackie Battle added a pair of rushing touchdowns in the win. Jake Locker completed 15-of-30 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown, and also led the Titans (0-2) rushing attack with 21 yards. Chris Johnson was held to just 17 yards on eight carries in the loss.

San Francisco 27, Detroit 19

San Francisco - Vernon Davis' 23-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter helped the San Francisco 49ers seal a 27-19 victory over the Detroit Lions at Candlestick Park on Sunday. Davis finished with 73 yards and two scores on five catches for the 49ers, who were coming off an impressive 30-22 decision over the Green Bay Packers last week. Alex Smith completed 20-of-31 passes for 226 yards and the two scores to Davis, while Frank Gore carried the ball 17 times for 89 yards and a touchdown for San Francisco (2-0). Matthew Stafford went 19-for-32 through the air for 230 yards, a touchdown and an interception for Detroit (1-1), which never led in the game and could not recreate its dramatic, 27-23, come-from-behind victory over the St. Louis Rams in Week 1. Calvin Johnson led all receivers with 94 yards on eight catches, and Kevin Smith had 53 yards on 16 carries in defeat.


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