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NFL Rewind: Lions surprise Patriots; Favored Falcons, Jaguars lose at home

The first two weeks of the NFL season had some unpredictable moments, but no shocker like the Bills’ win at Minnesota on Sunday.

An outright win by a 17-point underdog tops them all, even Detroit’s demolition of the New England patriots. Jacksonville and Atlanta losing division matchups as favorites at home were minor surprises. So was Green Bay’s loss to a Washington team that could not get the ball to the end zone at home the week before against the Indianapolis Colts.

Sunday’s outcomes left the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams as undefeated division leaders.

Here’s a capsule look at Sunday’s Week Three games:

Game of the day

Saints 43, Falcons 37 (OT)

The scoop: Drew Brees, not known for his running, ran for the tying touchdown from 7 yards with 1:15 left in regulation and the winner in overtime from 1 yard. Brees’ 14th pass completion of the game was No. 6,301 of his career, breaking Brett Favre’s NFL record. Brees now has 6,326. He passed for 396 yards and three touchdowns. … Matt Ryan passed for five Atlanta touchdowns, three to rookie Calvin Ridley. The lead changed hands nine times in
the game.

Why the Saints won: Atlanta never saw the ball in overtime. New Orleans received the kickoff and Brees drove them 80 yards in 15 plays before scoring with 2:55 left in the extra session.

The unbeatens

Chiefs 38, 49ers 27

The scoop: Kansas City scored 35 points in the first half and coasted home. Patrick Mahomes passed for three touchdowns in the second quarter, giving him 13 for the season. He completed 24 of 38 for 314 yards and a 115.5 rating. Kareem Hunt scored two TDs in the first quarter. … QB Jimmy Garoppolo of the Niners left the game in the fourth quarter with a left knee injury, which coach Kyle Shanahan fears is a torn ligament.

Why the Chiefs won: They earned every score, driving 57, 84, 75, 72 and 68 yards for touchdowns.

Dolphins 28, Raiders 20

The scoop: Miami rallied after trailing, 17-7, late in the third quarter. Ryan Tannehill passed for two of his three touchdowns in the Dolphins’ rally, including a 74-yard bomb to Albert Wilson with 2:00 left. However, it was a pass from Wilson on the end-around for 52 yards to Jakeem Grant that put Miami in the lead for the first time, 21-17. Miami rushed for only 41 yards with Tannehill leading with 26 yards in three attempts.

Why the Dolphins won: Xavier Howard picked off two Derek Carr passes, the second in the end zone stopped a 77-yard Oakland drive with Miami clinging to the 21-17 lead with 2:54 to go. Two plays later, the bomb from Tannehill to Wilson clinched it.

Rams 35, Chargers 23

The scoop: The Rams never trailed after a 1-yard run by Todd Gurley capped an 80-yard first quarter drive. The first of three Jared Goff touchdown passes made it 14-6 and Blake Countess recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to make it 21-6. … Former Bill Robert Woods had 10 receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns for the Rams. … Philip Rivers threw two TD passes to Mike Williams for the Chargers. … Rams cornerback Marcus Peters, one of their major free agency signings, left the game with an right ankle injury.

Why the Rams won: The Chargers could not slow them down. The Rams had 33 first downs, completed 8 of 11 third downs and rolled up 521 yards.

Upsets anybody?

Lions 26, Patriots 10

The scoop: Winless and a 7-point underdog, Detroit thoroughly dominated the Patriots, defeating them for the first time since 2000. Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes and Matt Prater kicked four field goals. New England closed to 13-10 in the third quarter when Tom Brady passed 10 yards to running back James white.

Why the Lions won: They rolled up 25 first downs and 414 total yards. New England had 209 yards. Brady completed 14 of 26 for only 133.

Redskins 31, Packers 17

The scoop: Washington jumped to a 14-0 lead by scoring touchdowns after long drives in two of its first three possessions. It was 28-10 at halftime. An old Packers opponent from his Vikings days, Adrian Peterson of the Redskins ran 19 times for 120 yards and two first-half touchdowns.

Why the Redskins won: They kept the heat on Aaron Rodgers, sacking him four times and allowing none against Alex Smith.

Titans 9, Jaguars 6

The scoop: The Titans never trailed in this AFC South field-goal duel. Ryan Succop kicked three FGs for Tennessee, including the game winner from 28 yards with 4:06 left. Josh Lambo kicked two for the Jacksonville. … Injured Marcus Mariota (elbow) finished the game at QB for Tennessee after Blaine Gabbert left with a concussion.

Why the Titans won: They ran 35 times for 150 yards. Blake Bortles of the Jaguars had only 155 passing yards.

Giants 27, Texans 22

The scoop: Rookie Saquon Barkley (82 yards in 17 carries) ran 15 yards to give New York the lead, 7-3, and they never trailed again. Eli Manning passed for two New York touchdowns. None of the scoring passes went to Odell Beckham Jr., but he did have nine receptions for 109 yards.

Why the Giants won: They kept the Texans out of the end zone until the last 7:37 when Deshaun Watson passed for two scores in a rally that fell short.

Winning favorites

Eagles 20, Colts 16

The scoop: Wendell Smallwood scored on a 4-yard run with 3:02 left to put the Eagles in front and avert an upset. Carson Wentz made his first start of the season at quarterback for Philadelphia. He completed 25 of 37 for 255 yards but was handled roughly by the Colts (five sacks) and was intercepted once.

Why the Eagles won: After gaining short fields on Philadelphia turnovers, Indy had to settle for Adam Vinatieri field goals from 31 and 28 yards in the second half.

Ravens 27, Broncos 14

The scoop: Baltimore scored the last 20 points after falling behind 14-7 in the first quarter. Joe Flacco passed 12 yards to Javorius Allen to give Baltimore the lead in the second quarter. Allen ran in from 1 yard to cap an 82-yard drive in the third.

Why the Ravens won: Their defense took charge. After their second touchdown in the first quarter, the Broncos’ next possessions ended with seven punts and an interception.

Panthers 31, Bengals 21

The scoop: Cam Newton passed for only 150 yards but threw for two scores and ran for another. Christian McCaffrey was not involved in the scoring but carried 28 times for 184 yards and caught two passes for 10.

Why the Panthers won: They intercepted four Andy Dalton passes.

Seahawks 24, Cowboys 13

The scoop: Seattle won its home opener and avoided a 0-3 start. … Russell Wilson passed for two Seattle scores, including a 52-yarder to Tyler Lockett.

Why the Seahawks won: Dallas could manage only three field goals until midway through the fourth quarter.

Dog of the day

Bears 16, Cardinals 14

The scoop: Arizona scored all its points in the first quarter. … The Cardinals turned to rookie Josh Rosen for some spark in the second half. He completed 4 of 7 for 36 yards and was intercepted once in his NFL debut.

Why the Bears won: Arizona was held to 221 total yards and had four turnovers.

News wire services contributed to this report.


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