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Week Two rewind: Champagne is on ice for ’72 Dolphins

The 1972 Miami Dolphins can think about chilling the champagne again. The NFL’s last undefeated team (17-0) celebrates each year once all 32 teams in the league have lost. The 2013 season is only two weeks old and there are just eight teams for those old Dolphins to worry about.

Indianapolis, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Dallas, Detroit, St. Louis and San Francisco all fell by the way side with losses Sunday.

There were three one-point games Sunday, including Buffalo’s dramatic, 24-23 win over Carolina. Houston won in overtime and five other Week Two games were decided by four or fewer points.

Game of the day

Texans 30, Titans 24 (OT)

The scoop: Rookie DeAndre Hopkins caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Matt Schaub in overtime to cap another Houston comeback win. Up to then there was a lot of Texans frustration. Randy Bullock of the Texans had missed three long field goals, including two in the first half, one reason they trailed 24-16 in the fourth quarter after Alterraun Verner’s 23-yard interception return. Bullock also hit the left upright with a potential game-winner as time ran out in regulation.

Why the Texans won: Chris Johnson of Tennessee was tackled for a safety early in the fourth quarter. The two points cost the Titans the game.

Some nail biters

Chiefs 17, Cowboys 16

The scoop: Kansas City already has two wins this season, matching its total from last season. Alex Smith threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns, and the defense held when it needed to in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs made new coach Andy Reid a winner in his home debut. Dwayne Bowe’s touchdown catch in the third quarter and Ryan Succop’s 40-yard field goal early in the fourth gave K.C. a 17-13 lead. After K.C. took the lead, the Cowboys answered with a long march but settled for Dan Bailey’s 53-yard field goal with 3:55 left.

Why the Chiefs won: Dallas lost two fumbles in the second half and kicked Bailey field goals on two other drives into K.C. territory.

Bears 31, Vikings 30

The scoop: Jay Cutler threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett with 10 seconds left. Blair Walsh had just kicked a 22-yard field goal with 3:15 remaining for a 30-24 lead when Chicago took over at its 34. Cutler completed 28-of-39 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns. Cutler was stripped by Jared Allen on a sack, leading to a 61-yard touchdown return for Brian Robison in the second quarter.

Why the Bears won: The Vikings could not finish off drives.

They ended possessions of 81, 79 and 43 yards in the second half with Walsh field goals.

Dolphins 24, Colts 20

The scoop: Ryan Tannehill threw for 319 yards and one touchdown, and the Dolphins defense held off yet another Colts comeback bid. Charles Clay, who also caught five passes for 109 yards, gave Miami the lead for good with a 1-yard run late in the third quarter. Tannehill finished 23 of 34. Indy’s Andrew Luck was 25 of 43 for 321 yards with one TD and one interception.

Why the Dolphins won: Luck threw three incompletions on the Colts final possession, then was sacked on fourth down allowing Miami to run out the final 1:27.

Chargers 33, Eagles 30

The scoop: Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes to Eddie Royal, and Nick Novak kicked a 46-yard field goal with 7 seconds left, spoiling Chip Kelly’s home debut. Michael Vick threw for a career-best 428 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score. But a porous Eagles defense couldn’t stop Rivers all day. He finished 36 of 47 for 419 yards, and the Chargers punted only once. The teams combined for 1,150 total yards, including 539 for San Diego.

Why the Chargers won: The Eagles defense was on the field most of the game because their offense had only 19:43 of possession time. Philly’s longest series consumed 3:41.

Cardinals 25, Lions 21

The scoop: A pass interference penalty against Bill Bentley set up Rashard Mendenhall’s 1-yard touchdown run for the winning points with 1:59 to play in Bruce Arians’ home debut as Cardinals coach. Reggie Bush of the Lions injured his left knee in the first half and played only briefly in the second.

Why the Cardinals won: The Lions went three-and-out three times, lost a fumble and had a field goal blocked as they failed to score on any of their six second-half possessions.

Saints 16, Buccaneers 14

The scoop: Garrett Hartley kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired to give New Orleans a weather-delayed victory. Drew Brees threw an interception that was returned 85 yards by Mason Foster to give Tampa Bay the lead, 14-13. He recovered, however, completing three straight passes for 54 yards to lead the Saints to field-goal range. The game was delayed 69 minutes by lightning in the first quarter.

Why the Saints won: Brees hit Marques Colston on a 31-yard pass to set up the winning kick.

Surprisingly easy

Seahawks 29, 49ers 3

The scoop: Marshawn Lynch scored three times in the second half, on runs 14 and 2 yards and a 7-yard pass from Russell Wilson as Seattle took sole possession of first place in the NFC West. Lynch was a workhorse for Seattle with 28 carries for 98 yards. The game was delayed with 3:13 to go in the first quarter for an hour because of lightning.

Why the Seahawks won: They shut down Frank Gore and Anquan Boldin and intercepted three Colin Kaepernick passes.

Broncos 41, Giants 23

The scoop: Peyton Manning is now 3-0 against his kid brother, Eli, but he got lots of help from Knowshon Moreno, who rushed for two touchdowns and 93 yards on just 13 carries. Denver which has won 13 straight regular-season games including seven on the road, ran for 109 yards altogether. Peyton found Wes Welker and Julius Thomas for touchdowns, and Moreno scored on sprints down the right side of 20 and 25 yards. Eli was picked off four times and the Giants also allowed Trindon Holliday’s 81-yard punt return for a TD.

Why the Broncos won: Eli threw an interception deep in Denver territory with 9 seconds left in the first half, sending the Giants into the intermission on a downer. Then Denver scored touchdowns on its first three series of the second half.

Falcons 31, Rams 24

The scoop: Julio Jones hauled in 11 passes for 182 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown, and Atlanta held on. Matt Ryan threw for 374 yards and two scores despite taking quite a beating behind the Falcons’ shaky offense line. The Falcons almost blew a 24-3 halftime lead.

Why the Falcons won: The difference was a 68-yard interception return by defensive end Osi Umenyiora, the former Giant, to make it 21-0 early in the second quarter.

Packers 38, Redskins 20

The scoop: Aaron Rodgers threw for a career-high 480 yards and four touchdowns in Green Bay’s home opener. Former University at Buffalo back James Starks ran for 132 yards and a touchdown. It was the first 100-yard rushing performance by a Packer back since 2010.

Why the Packers won: The Redskins did not score in their first seven series.

Dogs of the day

Ravens 14, Browns 6

The scoop: Baltimore sacked Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden five times before finally knocking him out of the game in the fourth quarter. The Ravens took the lead on a 5-yard run by Bernard Pierce with 5:13 left in the third quarter.

Why the Ravens: Cleveland managed only 85 yards over the final 30 minutes.

Raiders 19, Jaguars 9

The scoop: Darren McFadden ran for 129 yards and Oakland kept Jacksonville out of the end zone until the closing minutes in its home opener.

Why the Raiders won: They held the Jaguars to 34 yards rushing.

News wire services contributed to this report.

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