Pro Football was back in full swing and there was no shortage of surprises and story lines in NFL Week 1. Check out the recap of what you may have missed.
Cowboys Shock Defending Super Bowl Champion Giants (DAL 24/NYG 17)
Week 1 of the NFL 2012-2012 season officially kicked off this past Thursday when the Dallas Cowboys traveled to Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, to take on the pesky defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants in their backyard. In recent years the Giants had totally dominated the Cowboys, but last Thursday the stars aligned as America’s Team made a statement around the league.
QB Tony Romo threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns. Dallas’ defense, particularly LB DeMarcus Ware frustrated Eli Manning all night long. It couldn’t have been a better coming out party for Dallas.
Manning Throws 400th Career TD, Wows In Broncos Debut (DEN 31/PIT 19)
QB Peyton Manning’s debut and performance with the Denver Broncos was a page taken from a Hollywood script. Manning, the four-time league MVP, made history by reaching 400 career touchdowns, faster than either Dan Marino or Brett Favre, the only other members of the elite 400 Club. Manning needed the fewest passes to reach the mark at 7,226. He would end the day with 253 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.
The game was a see-saw battle until Manning and the Broncos pulled away in the 4th quarter. The Broncos convincing victory over the always dangerous Steelers proved this newly revamped Broncos team is one to be reckoned with.
San Francisco Shocks Green Bay Behind Solid Defense (SF 30/GB 22)
The Niners QB Alex Smith threw for a formidable 211 yards and two touchdowns. However, it was San Francisco’s defense which stymied the Packers’ offense for much of the game. Even when it appeared Green Bay was on its way towards notching one of its typical 4th quarter comeback victories behind QB stud Aaron Rodgers, Niners LB NaVorro Bowman secured a key interception late in the fourth to halt Green Bay’s momentum.
Washington’s Rookie QB Robert Griffin III Shines In Debut, Downs Brees and New Orelans
New Orleans Saints star QB Drew Brees threw for 339 yards/three touchdowns, but it was not enough to get by the surging Washington Redskins and their Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. In his NFL debut, Griffin III had 320 passing yards and two touchdown passes. The rookie looked like a seasoned veteran as he stunned the Saints and raised eye brows everywhere on Sunday afternoon.
TB 16/CAR 10
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense picked off the Carolina Panthers’ QB Cam Newton twice to secure a close victory.
ARI 20/SEA 16
In a relatively close game that was fought down to the wire, Arizona Cardinals backup QB Kevin Kolb replaced an injured John Skelton and threw a 4th quarter touchdown to edge Arizona over the Seattle Seahawks.
HOU 30/MIA 10
The Houston Texans overpowered the Miami Dolphins and their rookie QB Ryan Tannehill behind RB Arian Foster’s two rushing touchdowns.
NYJ 48/BUF 28
The New York Jets romped the Buffalo Bills behind QB Mark Sanchez’s three touchdowns.
MIN 26/JAC 23
In an extremely close game, Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh nailed a clutch FG as the Vikings defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars in RB Adrian Peterson’s return.
ATL 40/KC 24
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan had a huge game with three thrown TDs and one rushing TD to lead his team to a rout over a stumbling Kansas City Chiefs team.
NE 34/TEN 13
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady threw for two touchdowns and moved into sole possession of fifth place in NFL history. Brady was previously tied with John Elway at 300 career touchdown passes.
DET 27/STL 23
Detroit Lion’s QB Matt Stafford was clutch as he threw the game-winning touchdown with ten seconds left in regulation to down the St. Louis Rams.
PHI 17/CLE 16
Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick and Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden both threw four interceptions each. However, a late touchdown by Vick to TE Clay Harbor secured the one point victory for the Eagles.
CHI 41/IND 21
Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears beat up on the Indianapolis Colts in rookie QB Andrew Luck’s NFL debut.
Monday Night Football Action
CIN 13/BAL 44
The Cincinnati Bengals traveled to Baltimore in an attempt to defeat the Ravens, however with the Ravens being one of the most consistent teams of the past decade they easily handled the Bengals in a blow out win.
SD 22/OAK 14
The AFC West rivals San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders met up in another West Coast battle to secure a top spot in the division along with the bragging rights that go with it and it was San Diego who topped off the Raiders.