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Cardinals defense stuns Patriots; Pats miss game winning last play field goal…


  Cardinals defense stuns Patriots; Pats miss game winning last play field goal...

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Stephen Gostkowski lay face down on the field after missing a shot at a winning field goal. On the sideline, Kevin Kolb and theArizona Cardinals celebrated their victory.

The most accurate kicker in New England Patriots history sent a 42-yard attempt wide to the left on the next to last play – after making three longer field goals – and the Cardinals held on for a 20-18 win Sunday.

“Nobody really gave us a chance,” said Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt, whose team was a two-touchdown underdog, “but our guys believed they could do it and it’s great to see them operate that way.”

Backup quarterback Kolb did his part by throwing for one touchdown and running for another. Arizona’s defense contributed by sacking Tom Brady four times. And the special teams came through with a blocked punt that set up a touchdown.

“We knew what kind of game this was going to be,” said Kolb, filling in for John Skelton, who sat out with a sprained right ankle. “We’ve been kind of stressing it all week, stay patient, don’t get greedy.”

The Patriots began their final possession after Vince Wilfork recovered a fumble by Ryan Williams at the Cardinals 30-yard line with 1:01 left. A 30-yard run into the end zone by Danny Woodhead was nullified by a holding penalty against Rob Gronkowski. New England then moved to the 24 before Tom Bradyspiked the ball to stop the clock with 6 seconds remaining.

But Gostkowski sent his kick to the left, just as Billy Cundiff did facing the same goal post on a 32-yard attempt with 11 seconds left in the Patriots 23-20 AFC championship win over Baltimore last season. They visit the Ravens next Sunday.

“I had a chance to win and it came down to me and I didn’t pull through, and it stinks,” said Gostkowski, who had been 3-for-3 in his career on field goal attempts in the final two minutes with a chance to tie or win a game.

Coach Bill Belichick placed the blame on the entire team.

“There are a lot of things we could have done better today all the way around, all of us,” he said. “Plenty of mistakes out there.”

The Cardinals (2-0) have won nine of their last 11 games.

The Patriots (1-1) suffered a big loss when tight end Aaron Hernandez, their most versatile offensive player, hurt his right ankle in the first quarter. He left Gillette Stadium wearing a walking boot and carrying crutches. The Patriots gave no update on the injury.

“Aaron’s in there almost every play,” wide receiver Wes Welker said, “so it changes quite a bit.”

Kolb overcame a shaky start and then threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Andre Roberts 6 minutes into the third quarter after Quentin Groves blocked a punt. Then Kolb ran for a 5-yard score on the third play of the fourth as the Cardinals took a 20-9 lead.

“It’s not like we played the perfect game. So, we have a lot to improve on,” Kolb said. “If you can get those ugly wins checked off in the win column, that’s big.”

With the Patriots trailing 20-12 after Gostkowski’s 53-yard field goal, Brady led his best drive of the game. He completed eight of 10 passes for 82 yards, capped by a 5-yard touchdown throw to Gronkowski, making it 20-18 with 2:06 left. But his pass to Gronkowski for a 2-point conversion was broken up by Kerry Rhodes.

The loss was the first in 11 home openers since the Patriots moved into Gillette Stadium in 2002. TheCardinals ended a five-game losing streak against the Patriots, beating them for the first time since Sept. 29, 1991.

The Patriots made numerous uncharacteristic mistakes. Patrick Peterson intercepted Brady on thePatriots’ first offensive play and the Cardinals blocked a punt by Zoltan Mesko, the first time that happened to him in 122 punts as a pro.

That block gave Arizona the ball at the Patriots 2. After Williams ran for no gain and Kolb threw an incompletion, the quarterback hit Roberts on a quick slant for the touchdown.

The teams were tied at 6 after a lackluster half in which Jay Feely kicked field goals of 38 and 47 yards before Gostkowski tied it with kicks of 46 and 34 yards.

Brady completed 28 of 46 passes for 316 yards and extended his streak to 34 games with at least one touchdown pass, fourth-best in NFL history. But the Patriots were content to let Gostkowski try a 42-yarder at the end as Brady took a knee on two straight plays to run time off before spiking the ball.

“It’s just a decision that coach (Belichick) makes,” Brady said. “We shouldn’t have been leaving it up to that particular situation. We were fortunate to get that defensive turnover there late. We just came up short.”

Kolb completed 15 of 27 passes for 140 yards with one sack and no interceptions, and that was good enough to pull off the upset.

“Coming down here to get a W can definitely propel our season to the next level,” Peterson said. “Some guys in the locker room described it as a statement game. But we’ll have to wait and see what the rest of the season has for us.”


Reggie Bush goes off for nearly 200 yards and basically beats the Raiders by himself!


 Reggie Bush goes off for nearly 200 yards and basically beats the Raiders by himself!

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Reggie Bush happily hurled the ball into the stands as he skipped across the end zone grass, then matched the crowd’s cheers with a scream of his own.

The Miami Dolphins had a home opener worth celebrating for a change Sunday.

Bush ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns, and the Dolphins won a home opener for the first time since 2005 by beating the Oakland Raiders 35-13.

Ryan Tannehill threw his first NFL touchdown pass, ran for another and avoided any turnovers after tossing three interceptions in his pro debut a week earlier.

The Dolphins improved to 1-1, and Joe Philbin earned a sideline drenching for his first victory as a head coach. The Raiders, under new coach Dennis Allen, are 0-2 for the first time since 2007.

“It was nothing fancy, nothing magical,” Philbin said. “Our identity right now is we’ve got to run the ball effectively and stop the run.”

Miami did both, outgaining Oakland on the ground 259-23.

Bush broke four tackles on a 23-yard touchdown run that put the Dolphins ahead to stay in the third quarter. After they forced a punt, Bush struck again, this time on a 65-yard scoring run.

Far from home on a sweltering afternoon, the Raiders wilted down the stretch. Miami employed a no-huddle approach most of the game and pulled away in the final 20 minutes by mounting touchdown drives of 80, 80 and 75 yards.

“We felt our tempo would be a key,” Bush said. “We pressed that tempo and felt like we wore them down and just continued to pound the ball.”

Carson Palmer threw for 373 yards, but the Raiders were plagued by poor field position and managed only one touchdown – when backup running back Mike Goodson took a swing pass and turned it into a 64-yard score.

Darren McFadden was held to 22 yards rushing and 19 receiving. The Raiders were only 1 for 12 on third-down conversions, and they had no takeaways.

“We haven’t helped our offense out with field position,” Allen said. “We need to take the ball away and create short fields. We can’t go 80 yards on every drive.”

Tannehill went 18 for 30 for 200 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano. But the rookie’s niftiest throw came as he was being tackled: Parallel to the ground, he side armed a completion for a 3-yard gain.

He hit Brian Hartline nine times for 111 yards.

“We were able to establish the running game,” Tannehill said. “It takes a lot of pressure off.”

Bush had a career-high 26 carries and added three receptions for 25 yards. Lamar Miller carried 10 times in his NFL debut for 65 yards, including a 15-yard score to seal the victory.

The Dolphins trailed 10-7 in the third quarter before finally taking advantage of superior field position, when they had the Raiders pinned at their 1 and forced a punt that gave them the ball at the Oakland 44.

Four plays later, Bush scored the go-ahead touchdown either because of terrific balance or terrible tackling, depending on a spectator’s point of view. He cut inside and ran through the arms of four defenders en route to the goal line.

His second touchdown came on a sweep, with Bush breaking into the open and dashing up the sideline. He leaped over the goal line as three defenders closed in, then raised his arms in jubilation.

The happy crowd chanted “Reg-gie! Reg-gie!”

“It feels good,” Bush said. “I’m not going to lie and say it doesn’t, to hear the fans cheering you on.”

The festive mood was a welcome change for the Dolphins, rebuilding after a third consecutive losing season and coming off their most lopsided season-opening loss since 1988.

“This game was huge for us,” Bush said. “We talked all week about bouncing back and just winning one game. This game is huge for our confidence.”

Miami started fast, taking the opening kickoff and driving 80 yards in 12 plays for a touchdown. Tannehill scored untouched on a keeper around left end on third and goal at the 2.

Two possessions later, the Raiders went 92 yards for the tying touchdown, scored by Goodson. Oakland drove 81 yards in the second quarter for a field goal and a 10-7 lead at halftime.

But the Raiders didn’t start a possession beyond their 20 until late in the third quarter, when Phillip Adams returned a punt 47 yards to give them the ball at the Miami 25. The Dolphins again dug in and forced a field goal.

“Obviously we didn’t score enough points, and that’s unacceptable,” Palmer said. “I put that on my shoulders. It’s my job to find ways to get us into the end zone. I didn’t do a good enough job today.”


In the boring game of the day; Texans walk through the Jaguars


 In the boring game of the day; Texans walk through the Jaguars

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The Houston Texans didn’t need a barrage of turnovers to get rolling this week.

Arian Foster ran for 110 yards and a touchdown, Ben Tate added 74 yards and two scores and the Texans dominated from the opening kickoff in a 27-7 win at Jacksonville on Sunday.

The Texans improved to 2-0 for the third consecutive season by winning their fourth in a row against the AFC South rival Jaguars, who started 0-2 for the third time in the last five years.

Jacksonville, which has never had a winning record after dropping its first two games, was far from competitive in the latest meeting.

The Texans gained 242 yards in the first half while building a 17-0 lead. Foster ran for 69 yards and a score. Tate added 49 and a touchdown. Matt Schaub, using mostly short throws, picked apart Jacksonville’s defense.

The Jaguars were even worse on offense, finishing with a franchise-low 117 yards.

Blaine Gabbert played like he did as a rookie, hurrying throws, missing open receivers and showing little pocket presence. Gabbert completed 4 of 11 passes for 13 yards in the first half, was sacked twice and had two balls batted down at the line of scrimmage – both by J.J. Watt.

Gabbert finished 7 of 19 for 53 yards – his fewest passing yards as a starter – and ended the day standing on the sideline with an ice pack on his left thigh. He played one series in the fourth quarter before giving way to backup Chad Henne.

Jacksonville had 43 yards in the first half, the third-fewest in franchise history.

The Jaguars showed some life to open the second half, turning good field position into a touchdown. Gabbert hooked up with Laurent Robinson for 32 yards, and then found Maurice Jones-Drew in the flat for a 5-yard score. Jones-Drew had Bradie James all sorts of turned around on the play.

It was Jones-Drew’s 75th career touchdown. He joined Randy Moss, Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates as the only active players with at least 75 TDs.

But the Texans answered, driving 80 yards in 17 plays. Tate’s 2-yard plunge made it 24-7 in the third quarter.

Houston was sluggish to start its opener against Miami and even got booed before converting three consecutive turnovers in the second quarter into 24-3 lead.

The Texans had no such problems in Jacksonville.

The Jaguars played without cornerback Derek Cox and linebacker Daryl Smith, but more pressing injuries came on the other side of the ball. They were without left guard Eben Britton and right tackle Cam Bradfield.

With four offensive linemen already on injured reserve, Jacksonville turned to veteran Herb Taylor to start at left guard. Taylor practice just three times this week – none in full pads – and hadn’t played in a game since 2008.

With Taylor and Guy Whimper starting, it was obvious the Jaguars wanted to try to run the ball early and often. Of course, that got thrown out the window as soon as Houston built its early lead.


Andrew Luck hurries down the field to prevent OT vs. the Vikings and to get his first NFL win!


 Andrew Luck hurries down the field to prevent OT vs. the Vikings and to get his first NFL win!

Andrew Luck did a pretty good impersonation of Peyton Manning on Sunday.

He threw a couple of touchdown passes and set up Adam Vinatierifor a game-winning, 52-yard field goal with 8 seconds left that gave the Indianapolis Colts a 23-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Not even Manning was able to win in his Colts’ home debut back in 1998.

The Colts (1-1) have now won three straight home games dating to last season and improved to 10-0 in home games against the Vikings.

This one took more than Luck after Christian Ponder rallied the Vikings (1-1) for two touchdowns in the final 5½ minutes.

The Colts rookie finished 20 of 31 for 224 yards on a solid, not spectacular day. He was more impressive eluding pass rushers and throwing on the run than he was with his arm. Yet time after time, Luck escaped trouble, and he even rolled out of the pocket on the two completions that put Indianapolis in position for the winning kick.

He was helped by a defense that held Minnesota to two field goals in the first 54 minutes.

Minnesota finally tied the score on Kyle Rudolph‘s 6-yard touchdown catch with 31 seconds to go.

That proved to be too much time for Luck, who completed a 20-yard pass to Donnie Avery and called timeout. He completed a 20-yard pass to Reggie Wayne, then called another timeout. Then he got the Vikings to jump offside, putting the ball at the Vikings 35, and spiked the ball.

New Colts coach Chuck Pagano quickly sent in Vinatieri, the best clutch kicker in league history, who lived up to his nickname by knocking the 53-yarder through the uprights.

Indy didn’t look anything like the team that got blown out by Chicago last week.

Instead, it started fast, took control just before halftime and kept Minnesota at an arm’s distance for most of the second half.

But Ponder got the Vikings in sync late.

Minnesota made it 20-13 on a bizarre fourth-down TD pass that was tipped twice before winding up in the hands of Stephen Burton with 5:07 to play. The Vikings then forced a quick Indy punt, and Ponder again drove the Vikings down the field. This time, he found Rudolph for the tying score.

Luck answered by moving the Colts 45 yards in 23 seconds to set up the Vinatieri field goal.

Ponder was 27 of 35 for 245 yards with two TDs, but was sacked four times. Adrian Peterson ran 16 times for 60 yards, and Percy Harvin caught 12 passes for 104 yards.

Avery caught nine passes for 111 yards.


Brandon Weeden and Andy Dalton both showed up in week, but the Bengals pull off the win!


 Brandon Weeden and Andy Dalton both showed up in week, but the Bengals pull off the win!

Not even a breakout game by Cleveland’s rookie playmakers could change the outcome of Ohio’s intrastate series.

Adam “Pacman” Jones returned Cleveland’s first punt 81 yards for a touchdown Sunday, and Andy Dalton matched his career high with three touchdown passes, leading the Cincinnati Bengals to a 34-27 victory in their one-sided rivalry.

 The Bengals (1-1) have won 13 of the past 16 against the Browns (0-2), who got breakout performances from their rookie quarterback and running back but still couldn’t get a win.

Jones put the Bengals ahead to stay with his fifth career punt return for a touchdown. Dalton threw three TD passes for the second time in his career, including a short throw that Andrew Hawkins turned into a 50-yard score in the fourth quarter.

Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden rebounded from one of the worst debuts in NFL history — four interceptions against the Eagles and a 5.1 passer rating — by throwing a pair of touchdown passes.

Trent Richardson became the first Browns rookie to run for 100 yards and score on a run and a pass, according to STATS LLC.

Not enough to stop Cleveland from falling to 0-2 for the fifth time in the past seven seasons. Cincinnati improved to 42-36 in the 44-year series, the biggest lead by either team.

The Browns had linebacker Scott Fujita back after his three-game bounty suspension was overturned on appeal. Cleveland missed top cornerback Joe Haden, who served the first week of his four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Cornerback Sheldon Brown also was out of the lineup with a shoulder injury.

Dalton took advantage of the depleted secondary by completing 24 of 31 for 318 yards with six sacks and an interception.

The Bengals’ defense got shredded during a 44-13 loss in Baltimore on Monday night that matched the most lopsided opening defeat in franchise history. They let Weeden get some confidence and Richardson slip through their fingers, keeping it close.

Weeden completed 26 of 37 for 322 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and two sacks for a passer rating of 114.9. Richardson carried 19 times for 109 yards, the first Browns rookie to top 100 yards since Lee Suggs ran for 187 against Cincinnati in 2003.

Phil Dawson’s 25-yard field goal with 20 seconds left cut the lead to 34-27, but receiver A.J. Green recovered the onside kick to seal it.

Jones put Cincinnati ahead to stay by slipping away from three Browns and avoiding two others during his fifth career touchdown off a punt return and his first since 2003. He celebrated by jumping and wrapping himself around the padding on the goal post, holding on tightly for several seconds.

Weeden settled down with quick, short throws in the second quarter, when he completed 5 of 7 passes. Richardson, the third overall pick, turned a run up the middle into a 32-yard touchdown for Cleveland’s first TD on offense this season.

Dalton made one mistake that kept Cleveland in the game. He sailed a pass that got tipped to linebacker D’Qwell Jackson at midfield late in the third quarter. Weeden threw a short pass to Richardson, who slipped through several tackles on his way to a 23-yard touchdown that cut it to 24-17.

Dalton avoided the rush and threw a short pass that Hawkins turned into the 50-yard touchdown and a 31-17 lead early in the fourth quarter. Weeden responded with a 24-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Greg Little midway through the quarter.


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