Monday, September 9, 2013
The San Francisco 49ers have opened this season the same way they began last year, with a win over the Green Bay Packers.
Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nik) was 27 of 39 for 412 yards and three touchdowns as the Niners downed the Packers 34-28. Anquan Boldin was Kaepernick's prime target, catching 13 passes for 208 yards and one touchdown.
Green Bay led 28-24 until Frank Gore scored on a one-yard run with 5:47 remaining.
The Niners have won their last three meetings with the Packers, including last year's NFC divisional playoff game.
Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb each over 100 receiving yards and one touchdown for the Packers as Aaron Rodgers passed for 333 yards, three TDs and one interception.
The Niners also benefited from an officiating error that gave them an extra down in what became a touchdown drive in the second quarter.
After a third-and-6 play at the Green Bay 10-yard line in the second quarter, Kaepernick was hit out of bounds by Clay Matthews. The Green Bay linebacker drew a personal foul penalty, but so did 49ers tackle Joe Staley for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Because both penalties came after the play ended with Kaepernick stepping out of bounds without gaining a first down, it should have become fourth down. The league said the penalties were dead-ball fouls and the ball should have been spotted at the Packers 6, making it fourth-and-2. San Francisco likely would have gone for a field goal, but they instead scored a touchdown on Kaepernick's 10-yard pass to Anquan Boldin.
The New Orleans Saints welcome back their coach Sean Payton the best way they know how -- by knocking off the defending NFC South champion Atlanta Falcons 23-17. Payton missed all last season because of his bounty ban.
Drew Brees passed for 357 yards and two scores. Brees connected with Marques Colston for a 25-yard touchdown pass during which the receiver also set a franchise mark for catches with 533. Brees also hit tight end Jimmy Graham for a 7-yard score in the third quarter.
In other Week 1 action:
-- Dallas took advantage of six Giants turnovers in a 36-31 win over New York, the Cowboys' first win over the G-Men in five games at Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys clinched the victory on Eli Manning's third interception of the game, a tipped pass that Brandon Carr returned 49 yards for the clinching touchdown with 1:50 remaining. Dallas also scored on David Wilson's second fumble of the game.
-- Kansas City's defense dominated all day and the Chiefs began the Andy Reid era with a 28-2 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Alex Smith tossed a pair of early TD passes and the Chiefs defense did the rest.
-- Tennessee went on the road and stunned the lifeless Pittsburgh Steelers 16-9. Tennessee's defense sacked Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) four times and held the Steelers to 195 total yards.
-- Reggie Bush was a hit in his debut with the Detroit Lions. Bush turned a short pass into a 77-yard touchdown in the third quarter and finished with 191 yards of offense to help the Lions pull away to beat the Minnesota Vikings 34-24.
-- The New York Jets pulled out a 18-17 win over Tampa Bay as Nick Folk hit the game-winning 48-yard field goal with two seconds left. With the Jets trailing 17-15 and time running out, rookie Geno Smith scrambled for 10 yards -- and was shoved while he was out of bounds by Lavonte (luh-VAHN'-tay) David. The 15-yard penalty gave the Jets the ball at the Buccaneers 30 and set up the winning field goal by Folk on the next play
-- Stephen Gostkowski hit a 35-yard field goal with 5 seconds left to send the New England Patriots to a season-opening 23-21 win over the Buffalo Bills.
-- Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck ran 19 yards for the winning touchdown in the Colts' 21-17 win over Oakland. It's the first Colts' opening day victory since 2009.
-- CFL veteran Marc Trestman is a winner in his NFL coaching debut. Trestman's Chicago Bears nipped Cincinnati 24-21 on Jay Cutler's 19-yard TD pass to Brandon Marshall with 7:58 left.
-- Ryan Tannehill passed for 272 yards and a touchdown in the Miami Dolphins' 23-10 win over the Cleveland Browns, who fell to 1-14 in Week 1 since 1999.
-- In a low-scoring tussle, Seattle won on the road at Carolina 12-7. Russell Wilson threw for 320 yards, including a 43-yard fourth-quarter TD pass to Jermaine Kearse.