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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Newest Teams Kick Off Season With Victories

NEW YORK -- The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Carolina Panthers won easily on opening day in the NFL on Sunday, and last season's Browns resurfaced in Baltimore as the Ravens and defeated the Oakland Raiders 19-14.


The Jaguars beat the defending AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers 24-9, and the Panthers set a team scoring record in a 29-6 victory over Atlanta.


Kerry Collins, the NFL's 29th-rated quarterback a year ago, threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns, and John Kasay added five field goals as Carolina opened its new stadium on a high note.


Carolina used almost constant blitzing to derail Jeff George and the NFL's only run-and-shoot offense. The Panthers sacked George seven times.


The host Jaguars put the game away when rookie linebacker Kevin Hardy, the No. 2 pick in the draft, stepped in front of Mike Tomczak's pass for an interception. James Stewart scored on a 1-yard run with 4:49 remaining.


Baltimore, 5-11 last year in Cleveland, got a surprisingly nifty running performance from quarterback Vinny Testaverde, who ran 9 yards for one touchdown and scrambled 12 yards to set up the winning score.


Colts 20, Cardinals 13. Eugene Daniel, a 35-year-old cornerback, broke up two desperation end-zone passes in the closing seconds as host Indianapolis held off Arizona.


The Cardinals, who scored on a 2-yard run by Boomer Esiason with a minute to go, got the ball back with the recovery of an onside kick. Esiason, who came to Arizona from the Jets as a free agent, hit four straight passes as the Cardinals reached the Indianapolis 22 with 15 seconds to go.


Vikings 17, Lions 13. Quarterback Brad Johnson, playing the entire second half after Warren Moon went out with an ankle injury, threw the first touchdown pass of his five-year career, a 31-yarder to Cris Carter with 1:06 left, to rally Minnesota.


With help from running back Robert Smith's fourth career 100-yard game, Johnson led Minnesota to 10 fourth-quarter points. The Vikings intercepted four of Scott Mitchell's passes.


Barry Sanders gained 163 yards for the Lions.


Chiefs 20, Oilers 19. Kansas City got two first-half touchdown passes from Steve Bono and then held off Houston.


The Oilers made it exciting in the fourth quarter, scoring on a 22-yard field goal by Al Del Greco, his fourth of the game, with 3:41 left to cut the Chiefs' lead to one point.


Moments later, a blocked punt gave the Oilers possession, but a penalty pushed them back before Del Greco missed a 55-yard field goal attempt.


Eagles 17, Redskins 14. At Washington, Rodney Peete threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns in Philadelphia's eighth straight win over the Redskins.


Peete (20-for-34) picked the Redskins apart in the first half, completing passes to nine different receivers.


Rams 26, Bengals 16. St. Louis' new players on offense -- quarterback Steve Walsh and first-round picks Lawrence Phillips and Eddie Kennison -- each committed a turnover, but Phillips also scored on two 1-yard runs for the Rams.


Walsh was booed throughout the third quarter by a crowd that chanted for rookie Tony Banks. But Walsh led a 16-point fourth quarter comeback.


Packers 34, Bucs 3. Brett Favre, last year's league MVP, launched his comeback from a battle to overcome an addiction to painkillers with 247 yards and four touchdown passes, three to Keith Jackson. The host Bucs turned the ball over six times.


Dolphins 24, Patriots 10. Miami scored twice on fumble recoveries and got big days from several of coach Jimmy Johnson's 10 rookies against New England. Karim Abdul-Jabbar rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown in 26 carries, fullback Stanley Pritchett caught six passes for 77 yards, and Zach Thomas and Daryl Gardener each had a sack for the host Dolphins.


49ers 27, Saints 11. San Francisco scored all its touchdowns on the ground to defeat visiting New Orleans. Tommy Vardell made his first 49ers carry a touchdown and Jerry Rice ran 2 yards for a score on a reverse as the 49ers remained unbeaten against the Saints in six season-opening matchups.


Broncos 31, Jets 6. Neil O'Donnell was sacked eight times, fumbled twice and intercepted once in his Jets debut at Denver.


John Elway threw two touchdown passes, Terrell Davis plunged for a score and wide receiver Anthony Miller ran 26 yards on a reverse for the Broncos, who forced three turnovers during a 24-point second quarter that produced a 31-0 halftime lead.


Chargers 29, Seahawks 7. The Chargers beat Seattle for the ninth time in 10 games overall.


Tony Martin caught one touchdown pass and John Carney had five field goals for the Chargers, including kicks of 53 and 50 yards.


Starting with cornerback Terrance Shaw's interception with 22 seconds to play in the third quarter, the Chargers forced three turnovers that led to a touchdown and two field goals in 4 minutes, 54 seconds.


Bills 23, Giants 20, OT. Bruce Smith set up Steve Christie's 34-yard field goal in overtime by sacking Dave Brown and forcing a fumble at Giants Stadium.


The Bills had to rally from 17-0 and 20-7 deficits before Christie forced overtime with a 39-yard field goal with 7:14 left in regulation. After an exchange of punts, Smith sacked Brown at the New York 33, where new Bills middle linebacker Chris Spielman recovered.











Jim Kelly spearheaded the Bills' comeback, hitting 24 of 41 passes for 313 yards, including a 60-yard scoring pass to Andre Reed.





Second-year receiver Chris T. Jones finished with six catches for 82 yards, including a 9-yard second-quarter touchdown catch.