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NFL Game Recaps: Week 1

NFC South and NFC West :

Green Bay Packers 28, San Francisco 49ers 34

The game of the week actually lived up to its billing. These 2 teams, who obviously don’t like each other, went eye to eye for 4, tough, hard fought, aggressive, quarters. Both QBs showing why they are at, or at least near the top of the league with GB QB Aaron Rodgers throwing for 333 yards and 3 TDs and 1 INT and Colin Kaepernick going off for 412 yards and 3 TDs with 0 INTs. Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson both went over 100 yards for GB and Vernon Davis had 98 yards for SF, but the star of the game was Anquan Boldin. The newly acquired Boldin hauled in 13 catches for 208 yards and a TD as the 49ers finish the game strong to score 10 points in the last 5:47 to be the Packers. After watching this game live, you definitely got the feeling that these could be the 2 current best teams in the NFC and they may see each other again.

Atlanta Falcons 17, New Orleans Saints 23

New Orleans Saints Coach, Sean Payton, returned to the sidelines to welcome the Atlanta Falcons in the Superdome this Sunday. Falcons, as they normally do, jumped out early with a 10-0 1st quarter lead on a 7 yard TD pass from Matt Ryan to Tony Gonzalez. Drew Brees countered in the 2nd quarter with a 25 TD pass to Marques Colston, who made a nice diving catch on the play. Garrett Hartley knocked though 2 FGs to give the Saints a 13-10 lead at the half. In the 3rd quarter, Julio Jones and Jimmy Graham both traded off short TDs inside the 10 to send the game to the 4th 20-17 Saints. After Hartley hit another FG with 3:13 left in the 4th, Ryan had 1 more chance to win the game, and just like last year against SF, Ryan and the Falcons failed to convert on 4th down and 3 from the 3 and was intercepted with 43 seconds left.

Seattle Seahawks 12, Carolina Panthers 7

The Seahawks entered this game as 1 of the top 5 Superbowl favorites, but they are not known as a good road team. They had mixed results in this game as they squared off against an improving Panthers defense in Carolina. The game was exactly exciting to watch, as the game entered into the 4th 7-6 Carolina. But Seattle was able to connect on a 43 yard TD pass from Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse, to make it 12-7 Seattle, after the missed 2 point play. Carolina drove down the field to the Seattle 24, but DeAngelo Williams fumbles after running down to the 8 and it was recovered by the Seahawks. They were able to run off the last 5:25 of the clock to escape to open the season with a road win.

Arizona Cardinals 24, St Louis Rams 27

This game was primarily 1 on 3 in terms of weapons on the field for both teams. The Rams made it a point to bring in offensive weapons to support Sam Bradford, but the only one who really showed up was new TE Jared Cook, who shredded the Cardinal defense for 141 yards and 2 TDs and it could have been easily 3 if he was stripped going into the end zone on a 47 yard catch early in the game. The Cardinal attack was more spread out as Carson Palmer topped 300 yards and all 3 of his top WRs (Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts) all had 80 or more yards receiving with Fitzgerald getting 2 scores. Arizona seemed to have this game under control with a 43-13 lead heading to the 4th, but a Cook 1 yard TD catch and a Bradford 2 point conversion run cut the lead to 3 2 minutes into the 4th. Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein kicked 2 more FGs from that point, the last one with 40 seconds to go as the Rams get out of this with a 3 point victory.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17, New York Jets 18

In a game that was pretty ugly to watch, filled with ugly offenses that accounted for 4 turnovers and being sacked 8 times, not to mention 16 combined penalties, the biggest play of the game was a personal foul flag with less than 10 seconds left. The Bucs drove the ball from their own 20, with 2:14 left, all the way down to the Jet 19 yard line and kicked a 37 yard go-head FG with 34 seconds left. However, with 15 seconds to go, NYJ QB Geno Smith ran 10 yards from the Jet 45 to the TB 45, but was hit while stepping out of bounds, which caused a 15 yard personal foul penalty with 7 seconds. The flag changed the FG distance from what would have been a 63 yard attempt to a 48 yard attempt. NYJ kicker, Nick Folk, then split the uprights with 2 seconds the go and the Jets get an opening week shocking win.

Next week, New Orleans will travel down to Tampa Bay, Atlanta goes home the face St Louis, and Carolina will make a trip to Buffalo, while the 49ers travel to Seattle, and the Cardinals fly home to host Detroit.

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