No, London is not calling

September 22nd, 2014

Tonight I was supposed to be on a redeye to London, England.

The purpose of the trip was two-fold. I was to spend Rosh Hashanah with the Jewish community of London. There is nothing like starting the year off getting to know Jewish brunettes with hot, sexy British accents. Also, the Oakland Raiders were playing a game in Wembley Stadium.

My reasons for canceling the trip had nothing to do with radical Islam. When Islamists keep us from flying, they win. The Scottish referendum also played no role. Neither did Pippa Middleton’s refusal to go out with me, since I have yet to officially ask her out.

Bottom line, the Raiders are having a tough year. Today is coach Dennis Allen’s birthday, so I will hold off any comments about him and the team until tomorrow.

The main reason for the cancellation is that the 2014 midterm elections are one month away. While I have not had a vacation in 6 years, right now all GOP and conservative hands need to be on deck. The stakes are too high for me to leave the United States.

Europe does not interest me in the slightest, but at some point I will go before it becomes part of the Islamic Caliphate.

So for those of you in the Los Angeles Jewish community who are near and dear to me, I am home for the holidays and would love to see you all.

Next time, London.




CAGOP 2014 Fall Convention Review

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NFL 2014 Week 3 Recap

September 21st, 2014

NFL 2014 Week 3 Recap

While the rest of the anti-football world focuses on unfortunate incidents where nobody died, this week the NFL mourns the untimely death of Titans kicker Rob Bironas. With his family in mind, football fans everywhere should hug their loved ones.

On a much lighter note, 6 year old Daniel Goldberg defeated his “Unca Eric” 33-27 in the first inaugural end of Summer football classic. Unca Eric trailed 3324 before kicking a field goal late. The onside kick failed and young Daniel got the win.

With that, here is the NFL 2014 Week 3 Recap.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons was the Thursday night game. Some games are thrillers. This was not that game as the Bucs channeled the ghosts of John McKay and the 1976 orange creamsicle Yuccaneers. The Falcons are a good team, especially at home. The Buccaneers will improve under Lovie Smith, but they have a long way to go. As for their performance on this night, to quote McKay, we should be in favor of their execution.

Ryan threw touchdown passes of 3 yards to Douglas and 8 yards to Julio Jones early on. Josh McCown was the  intercepted by Ishmael, who returned it 23 yards for another score to make it 21-0 Falcons after the opening quarter. The second quarter was the Devon Hester show, as the greatest return man of all time added to his legacy. First Hester scored on a 20 yard run. Then he did what he does, as teams still think they can kick to him without paying the price. Hester’s 62 yard punt return for another touchdown had the Falcons up 35-0 at halftime and put Hester in the record books as the all time leader in return touchdowns. Hester hugged Deion Sanders, the man he surpassed.

In the third quarter Ryan threw a 40 yard touchdown to Jones to make it 42-0. The Buccaneers fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving the Falcons the ball at the Tampa 2. This is not the defense made famous by Tony Dungy with help from Lovie Smith. This was the Tampa Bay 2 yard line, and Stephen Jackson ran it in as the Falcons led 49-0. Matty Ice finished a ridiculous 21 of 24 for 286 yards and 3 touchdowns with 0 interceptions. TJ Yates apparently is the backup quarterback for the Falcons, and even he got into the act. He threw a 40 yard pass to Eric Weems and Smith took an end around for a 38 yard touchdown to make it 56-0 Falcons after three quarters. The Buccaneers mounted a furious rally but fell six touchdowns short of the eight they needed. 56-14 Falcons

Oakland Raiders at New England Patriots — This was the game that was expected to challenge the 1940 record for one-sided mismatches as the Raiders had the ability to lose to New England by more than 73-0. Yet early in the game Oakland shocked the football world by picking up one first down before punting. Even more surprising was the Patriots going 3 and out. Then Derek Carr began leading the Dink and Dunk with Dennis Allen West Coast Offense on an actual drive. Dinking and dunking means death, and after 13 plays and 6 minutes, the Raiders had only moved 50 yards. Sebastian Janikowski did nail a 49 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Raiders.

The Raiders had to score points before the Patriots woke up and took an interest in the game. In the second quarter, with the Raiders dining and dunking to a 3rd and 10 at the New England 45, Dennis Allen had Carr throw a 3 yard pass so the Raiders could give their punter some more work. This is the Dennis Allen era, where throwing past the first down marker is illegal. At some point Tom Brady was expected to throw a 60 yard bomb, or the equivalent of 20 Carr passes under the Dennis Allen era. Brady would lead the Patriots on a 15 play, 84 yard, 7 minute drive as a 6 yard touchdown to Rob Gronkowski made it 7-3 Patriots. Brady converted four third downs as the Patriots after 26 minutes decided to finally play football. Oakland was expected to keep dinking, dunking and punting themselves to death.

The Raiders went 3 and out and a 22 yard punt had the Patriots starting at midfield with 2:45 left in the half. The Patriots had 1st and goal at the 3 but could not get in. On 3rd and goal at the 2 Brady fumbled but recovered it himself and threw incomplete. No Tuck Rule situation occurred this time, but the Patriots kept the ball anyway. Stephen Gostkowski hit the 21 yard field goal. While the Patriots only led 10-3 at halftime, they were to receive the ball to start the second half and end any semblance of a competitive game.

The third quarter saw the Patriots bog down early due to a penalty and a sack of Brady. After a punt the Raiders had a short field at the Patriots 48. That could be 16 plays of 3 yard West Coast Offense passes. On 3rd and 5 from the Patriots 19, Carr threw incomplete. Seabass hit the 37 yarder as the Raiders only trailed 10-6. The Patriots punted after Brady threw incomplete on 3rd and 4 from midfield. Carr moved the Raiders from their 14 to a 4th and 2 at the Patriots 29. Seabass leveled a 47 yarder as the Raiders only trailed 10-9 after three quarters.

Brady moved the Patriots again as New England began the fourth quarter facing 1st and goal at the 2. Again in a shocking turn of events the Raiders held on defense. Gostkowski hit the 20 yarder but the Patriots clung to a 13-9 lead. If the Raiders were capable of scoring one touchdown, they actually had a chance.

Instead the Raiders went 3 and out when 2 running plays failed to gain the one yard the Raiders needed. Meanwhile, the Patriots after a penalty faced 3rd and 15 from their own 29. Unlike Dennis Allen, Bill Bellichick allows his quarterback to throw past the marker. Brady found Gronkowski for a 22 yard gain. Again the Patriots reached the red zone and again failed to put the game away. Gostkowski hit from 36 to make it 16-9 Patriots with 6 1/2 minutes left in regulation. One touchdown may be a lot to ask of a Dennis Allen offense, but there was not enough time for Seabass to kick 3 more field goals.

Derek Carr was ordered to keep dining and dunking as 3 more passes yielded a total of one yard and a punt. A sack of Brady forced a 3rd and 17, and this time Brady’s completion came up 2 yards short. The Raiders got it back at their own 38 with 3 1/2 minutes left as the Raider Nation prayed that for once in his life Dennis Allen would allow Carr to throw the ball past the first down marker. After McFadden gained 10, Carr was allowed to thrown an 18 yard completion to James Jones, which in Oakland now qualifies as a deep ball. The Raiders had 1st and 10 at the New England 33 at the 2 minute warning.

On 3rd and 7 Carr was allowed to go deep, resulting in a defensive pass interference penalty. With one minute left on 1st and goal from the 6, Darren McFadden ran for the tying touchdown. The score stood until the penalty flag for offensive holding nullified it. On the next play Carr through what seemed like his billionth routine dink and dunk pass. It bounced right off of the receiver’s chest and then off a defender’s arm. This dink and dunk double-doink pass was no immaculate reception, but it was intercepted by Vince Wilfork to send the Raiders to another loss. An angry Carr showed that he can be a leader once he gets the slights amount of help. Dennis Allen is expected to talk about how the Raiders are improving. Until he is fired, he will keep saying that. 16-9 Raiders

Tennessee Titans at Cincinnati Bengals — Before the game it was announced that longtime Titans kicker Rob Bironas died in a  single car crash that did not involve drugs or alcohol. Although Bironas was released before the 2014 season, he holds the NFL record for 8 field goals in one game, including the last one at the gun to win it. Now at 36 the son-in-law of Terry Bradshaw is in heaven with Steve McNair.

The game itself was one-sided at the start. Mike Nugent kicked a 29 yard field goal and Red Rifle Andy Dalton actually caught a pass from receiver Mohammed Sanu for an 18 yard gadget play touchdown to make it 10-0 Bengals. In the second quarter an offensive penalty in the end zone meant a safety against the Titans. Later on the Titans faced 3rd and 9 from their own 7. Jack Locker was intercepted at the 17. After defensive pass interference, Bernard got in from the one to make it 19-0 Bengals. In the third quarter Dalton led a 14 play, 80 yard, 7 1/2 minute drive. A one yard touchdown run by Bernard made it 26-0 Bengals. Cincinnati cruised from there. 33-7 Bengals

San Diego Chargers at Buffalo Bills — Philip Rivers quickly moved the Chargers 75 yards as a 3 yard touchdown to Eddie Royal had the Chargers up 7-0 early. Rivers would lead a staggering 17 play, 89 yard drive that took 8 minutes off the clock. The Chargers got down to the one but had to settle for a 19 yard Nick Novak field goal and a 10-0 lead. A 45 yard Dan Carpenter field goal with 3 minutes left in the half got the Bills within 10-3. Novak hit a 37 yarder to make it 13-3 Chargers at the break.

In the third quarter Rivers led a 14 play, 80 yard, 7 1/2 minute drive. A five yard touchdown pass to Royal made it 20-3 Chargers. EJ Manuel brought the Bills back with an 11 play, 67 yard, 6 minute drive. An 11 yard touchdown run by Fred Jackson got Buffalo within 20-10. San Diego clamped down on defense by sacking Manuel for a safety and withstanding a late goal line charge. 22-10 Chargers

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns — Justin Tucker hit a 38 yard field goal to put the Ravens on the board first but Bryan Hoyer brought the Browns back 80 yards in 11 plays in 6 minutes. West got in from the one as the Browns led 7-3. In the second quarter Joe Flacco moved the Ravens 80 yards in 10 plays over 6 minutes as a 9 yard touchdown to Juszczyk made it 10-7 Ravens.

The third quarter saw a see-saw game as an 80 yard drive was capped off with a 14 yard Crowell run to make it 14-10 Browns. Then the Ravens went 80 yards as a one yard touchdown run by Taliaferro made it 17-14 Ravens. Then it was 80 yards the other way as Hoyer hit Miles Austin from 4 yards out. Despite having once dated a Kardashian, Austin caught the ball to put the Browns up 21-17.

Midway through the fourth quarter on 3rd and goal from the 16, Hoyer’s touchdown pass to Austin was nullified by a penalty. Billy Cundiff’s 36 yard field goal was blocked. The Ravens moved to a 1st and goal at the 2 but then ran into the defense of the Dawg Pound. On 4th and goal from the 3 with 5 minutes left, John Harbaugh opted for the field goal. Tucker’s 21 yarder got the Ravens within 21-20.

At the 2 minute warning, a field position game tilted toward the Ravens as they took over after a punt at midfield. On 2nd and 5 Flacco went deep to Steve Smith for a 32 yard gain to the Cleveland 13. With 4 seconds left, Tucker came in for the winning kick. As the clock struck double zeroes, it was good. The Ravens had the win. Despite calls for Johnny Clipboard, the Bryan Hoyer Browns at 1-2 are a much improved football team. 23-21 Ravens

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles — Kirk Cousins moved the Redskins 82 yards in 11 plays over 6 minutes, with a 4 yard pass to young making it 7-0 Redskins. 13 seconds later the game was tired as Polk returned the ensuing kickoff 102 yards for a score. Cousins brought the Redskins back 87 yards in 12 plays in 6 1/2 minutes as a 4 yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon put Washington up 14-7. In the second quarter Kai Forbath hit a 49 yard field goal to make it 17-7 Redskins.

Nick Foles moved the Eagles 8- yards and hit Jordan Matthews from 11 yards out to get the Eagles within 17-14. A Philadelphia fumble led to a 49 yard Forbath field goal and a 20-14 Redskins lead. Foles came back as 80 yards for the Eagles came easily enough. The 11 yard touchdown to Matthews had the Eagles up 21-20 at intermission.

The second half was just as thrilling as Foles and Cousins continued putting on a passing clinic. Parkey hit 38 and 33 yard field goals to put the Eagles up 27-20. Cousins then went deep to former Eagles star DeSean Jackson for an 81 yard touchdown to tie the game 27-27.

With 10 minutes left in regulation Forbath had a 33 yard field goal to give the Redskins the lead. Instead, it do inked off the upright no good. After having an interception overturned and ruled incomplete, Foles threw a 27 yard touchdown to Jeremy Maclin to put the Eagles up 34-27 midway through the fourth quarter. Cousins was then intercepted, and Parkey leveled a 51 yard field goal to make it 37-27 with only 6 minutes left.

Washington was not done as a pass from Cousins to Helu went for 55 yards. Helu got the last yard as the Redskins were within a field goal with over 4 minutes to play. Washington held on defense and got the ball back with gift field position at the Philly 41 with 2 1/2 minutes left. A run went nowhere, and after the 2 minute warning, Cousins threw incomplete twice. On 4th and 10, Jay Gruden went with his quarterback rather than have Forbath try a 59 yard field goal. Cousins threw incomplete again and the Eagles held on. Cousins was 30 of 48 for 427 yards and 3 touchdowns with one interception while Foles was 28 of 42 for 325 yards and 3 touchdowns without an interception. 37-34 Eagles

Houston Texans at New York Giants — The first 27 minutes of unwatchable football featured a 30 yard Giants field goal try messed up due to a fumbled snap. Eli Manning would eventually throw a 26 yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz to make it 7-0 Giants. At the 2 minute warning the Texansf aced 3rd and 19 from their own 9. Ryan Fitzpatrick was intercepted by Antrel Rolle, who returned it 25 yards to the Houston 2 yard line. On 3rd and goal from the one, Rashad Jennings got in to make it 14-0 Giants at halftime.

In the third quarter Bill O’Brien decided to gamble with the Texans facing 4th and 1 at their own 46. Alfred Blue was left black and blue when he ran into a Big Blue wall. The short field led to a 39 yard Josh Brown field goal and a 17-0 Giants lead.

Houston finally got going ad moved to a 3rd and 1 at the Giants 9. After Fitzpatrick threw incomplete, this time O’Brien decided not to gamble. Ryan Bullock hit the 27 yarder to get the Texans on the board. The Giants would punt on 4th and 2 from the Houston 44, pinning the Texans back at their own 7. This time Blue ripped off a 46 yard run and Fitzpatrick found Johnson for a 44 yard touchdown to get the Texans within 17-10.

The Giants got some breathing room with 12 minutes left in regulation when Brown hit from 29 to make it 20-10 Giants. Shane Lechler then had his punt blocked, giving the Giants the ball at the Houston 29. Manning hit Fells for a 9 yard touchdown to put the Giants up 27-10 with 9 1/2 minutes left in regulation. Fitzpatrick was then quickly intercepted, giving the Giants another short field. This led to another field goal. Houston added one more touchdown but the storyline in this game was that Tom Coughlin teams never give up. 30-17 Giants

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars — The Colts rebounded from a stunning home loss last week to beat up on the hapless Jaguars early on. Adam Vinatieri hit a 48 yard field goal and Andrew Luck threw a 6 yard touchdown pass to Ahmad Bradshaw to make it 10-0 Colts. In the second quarter Luck led the Colts 76 more yards as a one yard touchdown pass to Allen made it 17-0 Indianapolis. Vinatieri added field goals of 43 and 25 yards to make it 23-0 Colts. With only one minute left in the half, the Jaguars fumbled on the first play from scrimmage, giving the Colts the ball at the Jacksonville 29. Luck hit Cory Fleener for a 7 yard touchdown as the Colts led 30-0 at halftime. Coach Gus Bradley had seen enough. Chad Henne was benched and the Balke Bortles era began earlier than the team wanted. Bortles threw a gorgeous 63 yard touchdown pass. The Jaguars lost badly, but Borltes has been named the starter for next week. 44-17 Colts

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions — The Packers have been suffering fumbleitis this season. This week it as Eddie Lacy coughing it up and Carey returning it 40 yards for a 7-0 Lions lead.  Aaron Rodgers brought the Packers back with a 10 yard touchdown pass to Quarless to tie the game. In the second quarter Eddie Lacy was tackled in the end zone for a safety as pass-happy Mike McCarthy vowed never to call another running play ever again. The Lions took the free kick and needed 7 minutes and 13 plays to move only 43 yards. The 30 yard Freese field goal made it 12-7 Lions at halftime. Despite having dated a Kardashian, Reggie Bush broke off a 26 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to lock up the game. 19-7 Lions

Dallas Cowboys at St. Louis Rams — Nobody knows who Austin Davis is, but apparently he is the Rams starting quarterback. Perhaps Jeff Fisher found him at a grocery store, since that worked or Kurt Warner. Davis led a staggering 15 play, 80 yard drive that consumed nearly 9 minutes off the clock. A one yard touchdown pass to Kendricks had the Rams up 7-0. Davis found Quick for a 51 yard touchdown in the second quarter to make it 14-0 Rams. Tony Romo threw a 25 yard touchdown pass to Janoris Jenkins, who plays defense for the Rams. With the Rams up 21-0 Jerry Jones threatened to blow up the stadium until it was pointed out that the Cowboys were on the road and he did not own this stadium.

Dallas eventually closed the gap as Donald Murray scored from one yard out and Dan Bailey hit a 29 yard field goal to have the Cowboys within 21-10 at halftime. In the third quarter Romo went to Dez Bryant for a 68 yard touchdown as the Cowboys only trailed 21-17. Bailey hit a 40 yarder as the Cowboys only trailed 21-20 after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter Greg Zuerlein hit a 28 yarder to put the Rams up 24-20. Romo then led Dallas on an 84 yard, 12 play drive that took over 7 minutes off the clock. A 12 yard touchdown pass to Williams on 3rd and 2 gave the Cowboys their first lead of the day up 27-24 with 6:21 left in regulation. 20 seconds later Austin threw a 25 yard touchdown pass to Carter, who plays defense for the Cowboys. He equaled Tony Romo by throwing touchdowns to both teams, but now it was the Cowboys up 34-24.

Davis moved the Rams 80 yards again as a touchdown pass to Pettis on 3rd and goal at the 4 got the Rams back within 3 with 2 1/2 minutes to play. The Rams got it back at their own 14 at the 2 minute warning. From their 26, Davis went deep and was intercepted by Claiborne with one minute left. The Rams have rallied around Davis and Jeff Fisher knows how to motivate players, but this time St. Louis came up short. Meanwhile, Romo gave his critics another reason to pipe down. 34-31 Cowboys

Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints — After a pair of agonizing road losses, the Saints got right to work at home. Drew Brees moved the Saints 80 yards in 11 plays in 5 1/2 minutes as Pierre Thomas got in from the one to make it 7-0 Saints. Brees then moved New Orleans 82 yards and threw a 34 yard touchdown pass to Hill for a 13-0 Saints lead. The extra point was blocked. Blair Walsh got the Vikings on the board with 25 and 30 yard field goals and a 40 yarder in the third quarter to get Minnesota within 13-9.

In the fourth quarter Brees moved the Saints 90 yards in 12 plays and 5 1/2 minutes. An 18 yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston gave the Saints some breathing room with 12 1/2 minutes left in the game. The defense did the rest as Vikings fans will soon demand that their star player be returned from a suspension that was caused by politically correct anti-football do-gooders trying to tell a man how to raise his kids. 20-9 Saints

San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals — A 51 yard Catanzaro field goal put the Cardinals up 3-0, but Colin Kaepernick led a 12 play, 80 yard, 5 1/2 minute drive that culminated in a 2 yard touchdown to Michael Crabtree to make it 7-3 49ers after the opening quarter. The second quarter began with Arizona wrapping up a mind-numbing 17 play, 6 yard drive that ate up 8 minutes. Yet a false start penalty killed the drive and the Cardinals settled for a 32 yarder from Catanzaro to trail 7-6. The 49ers moved even slower, going 80 yards in 14 plays and needing 8 1/2 minutes. Yet the 49ers were finishing drives as Carlos Hyde ran it in from 6 yards out to make it 14-6 49ers.

In the third quarter Drew Stanton threw a 24 yard touchdown pass to Brown to get the Cardinals within 14-13. It was deja vu all over again as Stanton went to Brown for a 21 yard score and a 20-14 Cardinals lead. The 49ers moved down the field when a critical blunder derailed them. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Anquon Boldin turned what would have been 1st and goal at the 6 to 1st and 10 at the Arizona 21 as the third quarter ended. The fourth quarter began with the 49ers again getting inside the 10 only to have a clipping penalty push them back. In what may have been a first, the 49ers faced 3rd and goal from the 34. A short pass was followed by a long field goal try that was blocked.

Midway through the fourth quarter, the Cardinals in red missed a golden opportunity to bury the red and gold. Needing only a field goal to make it a two score game, inside the 10 the Cardinals passed the ball. Larry Fitzgerald fumbled at the 9 and the 49ers recovered. Arizona got it back, and this time played it very conservatively. From the San Francisco 11, the 49ers took their last timeout just past the 2 minute warning. Stanton took a couple of knees and Catanzaro came in for the 35 yarder with 34 seconds left. Catanzaro was good, and the it was the preseason darlings the 49ers who were staring at a 1-2 record. 23-14 Cardinals

Kansas City Chiefs at Miami Dolphins — After 23 minutes of boring, scoreless football, Davis burst for a 21 yard touchdown run to make it 7-0 Chiefs and make Andy Reid one happy Walrus Lite. Alex Smith then threw a 20 yard touchdown pass to Kelce to make it 14-0 Chiefs. Caleb Sturgis hit a 22 yard field goal to have the Dolphins trailing 14-3 at break time.

In the third quarter a sack of Smith meant a fumble and Miami possession at the Chiefs 19. On 3rd and goal from the 1, Ryan Tannehill hit Brad Hartline for the score to get the Dolphins within 14-10. Unsportsmanlike conduct on Miami gave the Cheifs good field position to start their next drive, and Smith hit McKnight from 11 yards out to make it 21-10 Chiefs. Sturgis would hit a 51 yard field goal to get Miami within 21-13. Smith was then sacked in the end zone for a safety as Miami clawed to within 21-15. A 47 yard punt return by Hammond set up the Chiefs at the Miami 44. Smith hit McKnight for the 4 yard touchdown and the 27-15 Chiefs lead with 4 1/2 minutes to play.

The Dolphins turned it over on downs but Kansas City fumbled the ball right back rather than put the game away. On 3rd and 1 from the Miami 37, Tannehill threw incomplete just before the 2 minute warning. On 4th and 1 a running play went nowhere and the fish were finally fried. Kansas City added one more touchdown from Gray from 6 yards out with 15 seconds left to complete the scoring as Kansas City got the road win in the battle between uninspiring teams going nowhere. 34-15 Chiefs

Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks — 7 months after losing the Super Bowl by 35 points, the Broncos got off to an equally disastrous start. On their first offensive play from scrimmage, a fumble gave the ball to Seattle at the Denver 23. Pete Carroll immediately went to the bag of tricks. Russell Wilson lateraled to Jermaine Kearse, who then threw to Wilson. The quarterback turned receiver caught the ball for a 17 yard gain. Yet on 3rd and goal from the one, Marshawn Lynch lost a yard. Steve Hauschka’s 20 yard field goal made it 3-0 Seahawks.

This time Denver settled down. Peyton Manning led a 15 play, 75 yard drive that took over 7 minutes. On 3rd and goal from the 5, Manning threw incomplete. McManus hit the 24 yard field goal to tie the game 3-3. With 3 minutes left in the half, Wilson threw a 39 yard touchdown pass to Lockette for a 10-3 Seahawks advantage. On the first ensuing play from scrimmage, Denver fumbled the ball away again as Seattle took over at the Denver 36. Denver dodged a major bullet when the fumble call was reversed and ruled an incomplete pass. Nevertheless, the Seahawks stopped Denver, moved the ball, and added a dagger with only 12 seconds left in the half. Wilson hit Lynch for a 5 yard touchdown for a 17-3 Seahawks lead.

This time the Broncos trailed by 14 coming out of the locker room and not 22. More importantly, Seattle did not return the second half kickoff for a touchdown. Seattle missed a chance to put a stranglehold on the game when Hauschka missed a 46 yard field goal. Seattle avoided disaster when a sack of Russell caused a fumble that Russell hung on to just outside his own goal line. One play later Lynch was tackled in the end zone for a safety as Denver got within 17-5 with 13 minutes left in regulation.

Seattle stayed aggressive and paid for it when a Wilson pass was tipped by Aqib Talib and intercepted by Chris Harris to set up Denver at the Seattle 19 with 11 minutes left. Manning imitated his boss John Elway with a shovel pass. With 9 1/2 minutes left, the 3 yard touchdown to Julius Thomas had the Broncos only down 17-12. Denver held on defense and got the ball back at their own 19 with 6 minutes to play. At this point the man with the most fourth quarter and overtime comebacks in NFL history did what he does. With 2 1/2 minutes to play, Denver had a 3rd and 11 at the Seattle 25. Yet the Manning with 51 comebacks would not get number 52. The Legion of Boom did it again as Kam Chancellor intercepted Manning at the Seattle 13 and returned it 52 yards to the Denver 35.

Lynch atoned for his earlier miscue by running for exactly 10 yards, with a defensive personal foul moving Seattle near the Denver goal at the 2 minute warning. Denver still had 2 timeouts left. On 3rd and 7 from the Denver 11 with 1:48 left and Denver out of timeouts, Pete Carroll took no chances. Lynch gained one yard, the clock ticked down to one minute, and Hauschka came in for the 28 yarder. Hauschka was good, and the best Manning could hope for after a touchback was a tie in regulation.

Manning went deep and hit Sanders for a 42 yard gain and then spiked the ball with 30 seconds left. On 3rd and 10 Manning hit Sanders for 12 yards at the sideline with 24 seconds left. From the Seattle 26, Manning went deep and found a wide open Jacob Tamme for the touchdown in front of the stunned crowd. Only 18 seconds remained in the game but Denver still needed the 2 point conversion. Manning had time, stayed in the pocket, and fired to the back of the end zone. Inbetween 3 defenders, Denarius Thomas caught the ball and hung on. 80 yards in 41 seconds with 0 timeouts left a stunned crowd wondering how a big lead became a 20-20 game headed to overtime. Network executives wondered why this game could not have been the Super Bowl.

Seattle won the toss for overtime and elected to receive. After a touchback, Wilson ran for a critical first down on 3rd and 3. On 3rd and 4 from the Denver 29, Wilson scrambled and again got the first down. Defensive holding tacked on five more yards, moving the ball to the Denver 19. Wilson ran again, gaining 6 more yards. A perfectly executed screen pass to Percy Harvin meant 1st and goal at the 6. Lynch got the carry, and Beast mode met a Denver defender head on at the one. Lynch won the collision, barreled through into the end zone, and the game was over. 13 plays, 80 yards, and nearly 6 minutes got the job done. A field goal would have given Denver one possession, but a touchdown automatically ends the game as Manning never saw the ball in overtime. While Denver failed to get revenge, the NFL did get an instant classic. 26-20 Seahawks, OT

Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers was the Sunday night game. The first half was a defensive slog. Graham Gano hit a 40 yard field goal to put the Panthers up 3-0. Shawn Suisham hit from 42 to end the first quarter, from 24 in the second quarter, and from 45 to end the half with the Steelers up 9-3. In the second half, the Panthers self-destructed under a hail of turnovers.

With Carolina facing 3rd and 15 from their own 25, Newton was sacked, causing a fumble that set up Pittsburgh at the Carolina 17. Ben Roethlisberger hit Aaron Brown for the 7 yard touchdown to make it 16-3 Steelers. Gano hit a 40 yard field goal to get within 16-6. Pittsburgh faced 2nd and 22 from their own 8 when Laveon Bell ripped off an 81 yard run to the Carolina 11. Big Ben threw another 7 yard touchdown to Brown to make it 23-6 Steelers.

Early in the fourth quarter Cam newton hit Greg Olsen for a 37 yard touchdown to get the Panthers within 23-13. Carolina forced a punt, but Chris Brown fumbled it twice on the same play. the ball went backward as a mad scramble in the end zone meant another Pittsburgh touchdown and a 30-13 Steelers lead. Later on Leguarrette Blount ripped off a 50 yard gain and then ran it in from 8 yards out to make it 37-13 Steelers. Bell and Blount combined to gash the Carolina defense for 265 yards on the ground. Carolina’s garbage time touchdown did little to change the fact that without their suspended defensive star, the Panthers are vulnerable to being in the mouth in the trenches. 37-19 Steelers

Chicago Bears at New York Jets was the Monday night game. Geno Smith threw a perfect pass to Ryan Mundy for a 45 yard touchdown to start the game. Monday plays defense for the Chicago Bears. Then the Jets fumbled a punt and the Bears recovered at the Jets 40. Jay Cutler immediately went bombs away and defensive pass interference meant 1st and goal at the 7. On 3rd and goal Cutler fired to the back of the end zone and found Marcellus Bennett. In addition to the 14-0 lead, the Bears also benefitted from a roughing the passer call on Cutler.

The Jets would get on the board when Nick Folk hit a 45 yard field goal, but Robbie Gould answered with a 24 yard kick of his own to make it 17-3 Bears. Folk came back again with a 28 yarder, and then Geno Smith moved the Jets 77 yards. A 19 yard pass to Kerley had the Jets only down 17-13.

The Bears took the second half kickoff and went right to work after the touchback. A 42 yard completion from Cutler to Jeffery led to a 3rd and 11 at the Jets 13. After having one touchdown pass called back by a penalty, Cutler hit Bennett for the score to make it 24-13 Jets. Geno Smith moved the Jets down the field but was intercepted in the end zone. Chicago moved backwards and a terrible punt on 4th and 21 from the Chicago 9 followed by a personal foul on the Bears gave the Jets a short field at the Chicago 28. Yet on 3rd and goal at the 2, Smith lost a couple yards. Folk hit the field goal as the Jets trailed 24-16 after three quarters.

The Jets got it back and moved the ball again. On 3rd and 2 from the Bears 24, Smith threw incomplete. Folk’s fourth field goal from 42 yards out cut the Bears lead to 24-19 with 10 minutes left in regulation. Cutler bled the clock, taking nearly 7 minutes of time. Yet on 3rd and 4 from the Jets 27, Cutler was sacked. Gould nailed the 45 yard field goal but the Jets still had life down by 8 with 3:10 to play. The Jets received a gift from the officials when a 4th and 3 pass from the Jets 27 was ruled a first down. Although it appeared Amaro was tackled short of the first down marker, the officials rejected Chicago’s challenge.

Smith blundered on 3rd and 6 from the Jets 34. The Bears jumped offsides, but Smith never snapped the ball. The Jets then had a false start, so instead of 3rd and 1 it became 3rd and 11. Smith then made up for it by calmly finding Greg Salas for a 51 yard gain to the Bears 20 with 1:40 to play. Smith threw incomplete but instead of 3rd and 9 it was 1st and 10 thanks to defensive holding. With one minute to go it came down to 4th and 5 from the 9. Under heavy pressure, Smith threw a prayer to Kerley. Kerley caught it, but he was out of the back of the end zone. For the second week in a row, Chicago win a night game on the road. 27-19 Jets


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NFL 2014 Week 2 Recap

Here is the NFL 2014 Week 2 Recap.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens was the Thursday night game. With the anniversary of the original September 11th attacks as the backdrop, two division rivals renewed their intensity. While these teams fell of last year from past years, this game for awhile was the typical AFC North defensive slobberknocker.

Early on it was the Ravens controlling the clock as Joe Flacco mounted a 12-play, 85-yard, 6 1/2 minute drive that culminated in a 2 yard touchdown pass to Owen Daniels. In the second quarter the Ravens again drove into the Red Zone but had to settle for a 30-yard Justin Tucker field goal and a 10-0 lead. Pittsburgh finally got going but did not crack the end zone, settling for a second quarter Shawn Suisham field goal from 25 and a 43 yarder in the third quarter to trail 10-6.

Flacco mounted a mirror image 12 play, 80 yard, 6 1/2 minute drive that ended with a one yard touchdown toss to Daniels for a 17-6 Ravens lead. In the fourth quarter the Ravens drove deep thrice but again did not reach the end zone. However, field goals of 23, 22 and 20 by Tucker put the game out of reach. 26-6 Ravens

Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers — Jim Caldwell has revitalized Matthew Stafford and Cam Newton has returned, but early on it was all defense. Graham Gano hit 29 and 53 yard field goals in the second quarter to make it 6-0 Panthers. In the third quarter Stafford led the Lions 63 yards and tossed a one yard touchdown to Collins to make it 7-6 Lions. Newton came back with a 72 yard drive that ended with a 14 yard touchdown to Avant make it 13-7 Panthers.

Midway through the fourth quarter Newton led a 70 yard drive, as Stewart scored from two yards out. The 2 point conversion to Jerricho Cotcherry had the Panthers up 21-7. A fumble on the ensuing kickoff set up Carolina at the Detroit 30. Gano hit from 38 to lock up the win with only 5 minutes left in regulation. 24-7 Panthers

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills — The shock in this game is that both teams won their openers against superior teams. Whoever wins this game can be the worst 2-0 team in the league. Dan Carpenter hit a pair of 27 yard field goals to make it 6-0 Bills. The second kick was set up by a  blocked punt. In the second quarter Carpenter connected from 31 to make it 9-0 Bills. Caleb Sturgis hit a 34 yarder in the third quarter to get the Dolphins within 9-3. Since neither offense could reach the end zone, special teams had to do it. CJ Spiller returned the ensuing kickoff 102 yards for the 16-3 Bills lead.

The Dolphins eventually got going, as Ryan Tannehille moved them 64 yards, with a 7 yard touchdown to Mike Wallace getting Miami within 16-10. EJ Manuel came back with a 77 yard drive as the 12 yard touchdown pass to Sammy Watkins made it 23-10 Bills after three quarters. Carpenter hit from 32 and 38 in the fourth quarter to wrap it up. 29-10 Dolphins.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins — Robert Griffin III has been under fire, with many fans wanting Kirk Cousins to start. Midway through the first quarter RGIII again landed awkwardly on his knee, the same horrifying way that he went down in the playoff game against Seattle 2 years ago. Cousins came in and immediately threw a 20 yard touchdown to Young to make it 7-0 Redskins. In the second quarter Alfred Morris scored twice from one yard out to put Washington up 21-0. The last score came on a 92 yard drive that was mostly done on the ground. Jacksonville finally struck when Chad Henne went to Mercedes Lewis for a 63 yard touchdown to get the Jaguars within 21-7.

A 37 yard punt return in the third quarter set up Washington at the Jacksonville 30. A 35 yard Kai Forbath field goal made it 24-7 Redskins. Cousins hit Paul from 2 yards out in the fourth quarter for a 31-7 Redskins lead. Forbath hit a 42 yarder with 11 minutes left to compound the Jacksonville misery as the Redskins led 34-7. Jacksonville would kick a field goal, but make up for it by giving up another touchdown. 41-10 Redskins

Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans — Last week it was Dallas looking awful at home and Tennessee winning big on the road. Yet this week it was Dan Bailey hitting a 48 yard field goal to put the Cowboys up 3-0 early. In the second quarter an interception of Jake Locker gave Dallas a short field. From the 40, Donald Murray did the rest, running for gains of 18, 6, 13, and the 3 yard touchdown to make it 10-0 Cowboys. Bailey adde a 44 yarder to make it 13-0 Cowboys in the second quarter. A solid punt return gave Dallas another short field just before the half. Carpenter hit from 51 to make it 16-0 Cowboys.

A 47 yard Ryan Succop field goal in the third quarter finally got the Titans on the board down 16-3. Locker would then throw a 61 yard touchdown pass to Walker to get the Titans within 16-10. Tony Romo led the Cowboys 12 plays in 80 yards over 5 1/2 minutes, hitting Dez Bryant for the 3 yard touchdown to make it 23-10 Cowboys. A 48 yard Bailey field goal in the fourth quarter made it 26-10 Cowboys. Locker quickly moved the Cardinals 80 yards as a 6 yard touchdown to Nate Washington got the Titans within ten points. Unfortunately the call was challenged and reversed incomplete, and the Titans were done. 26-10 Cowboys

Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants — With Carson Palmer out injured, Drew Stanton got the nod for the Cardinals. Stanton hardly ever plays, so an 80 yard drive capped by an 8-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald meant more than a 7-0 Cardinals lead and an angry Coughlin-cam. The Giants really are that woeful. When Catanzaro tacked on a 49 yard field goal to make it 10-0 Cardinals, the Big Blue faithful grew restless.

In the second quarter the Giants finally showed some life as Eli Manning led a 13 play, 90 yard, 7 minute drive that culminated in a 7 yard touchdown pass to Reuben Randle to get the Giants within 10-7. In the third quarter Manning moved the Giants 74 yards as a one yard touchdown to Fells made it 14-10 Giants.

In the fourth quarter Catanzaro hit from 37 to get the Cardinals within 14-13. The Giants punted, and Ted Ginn Jr. made them pay. The 71 yard return for a touchdown had the Cardinals up 19-14 after the failed 2 point try. The Giants fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving Arizona the ball at the New York 21. Catanzano hit from 32 to make it 22-14 Cardinals.

Manning led the Giants to the Arizona 17 with 4 1/2 minutes left looking to tie the game. Instead Rashad Jennings fumbled, and Stanton led the Cardinals to one more field goal to lock up the game. the Cardinals may not be as good as their 2-0 record, but the Giants are even more awful than their 0-2 record suggests. They lost at home to there backup quarterback. Coughlin may retire on the plane ride home if his players do not show some heart. 25-14 Cardinals

New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings — With Adrian Peterson out suspended, the Vikings faced a Patriots team stunned by its loss last week. Matt Cassel started out, as a 25-yard touchdown pass to Asiata had the Vikings up 7-0. Later on Cassel went deep and paid a heavy price, as McCourty intercepted the pass and returned it 60 yards down to the one. Shawn Ridley took it in to tie the game 7-7. A 48 yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal made it 10-7 Patriots.

In the second quarter, former Patriots quarterback Cassel was intercepted again, giving his mentor Brady another short field. Brady hit Julian Edelman from 9 yards out to make it 17-7 Patriots. With seconds left in the half the Vikings lined up for a field goal. Jones blocked the kick, got the perfect bounce to scoop it up, and raced 57 yards the other way to make it 24-7 Patriots in front of a shocked home crowd. In the third quarter Gostkowski added a 47 yarder and then kicked a 27 yarder in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring. The Patriots are like vampires. Until a stake is driven through their hearts, they are a force to be reckoned with. 30-7 Patriots.

New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns — Bryan Hoyer led a valiant comeback but the Browns suffered a heartbreaking loss on the final play. This week he threw a 3 yard pass to Miles Austin. Despite having once dated a Kardashian, Austin caught the ball for the touchdown and the 7-0 Browns lead. Billy Cundiff tacked on a 32 yard field goal to give the Browns the surprising 10-0 lead.

In the second quarter the Saints finally got on the board with a 27 yard Shane Graham field goal to trail 10-3. Yet the Browns kept up the pressure. An interception of Drew Brees was returned by Gipson 62 yards for a touchdown as the Browns had the 16-3 lead. The extra point as no good. Brees then moved the Browns 85 yards in 12 plays as a 9 yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham had the Saints within 16-10 at halftime.

The Browns left the door open and the Saints put the pedal to the medal. Sean Payton kept Drew breed doing what he does, as a one yard touchdown pass to Graham in the third quarter put the Saints up 17-16. Hoyer brought the Browns back, moving them 80 yards in 14 plays over 6 minutes. A 9 yard run by West made it 23-17 Browns. Brees brought the Saints back 80 yards in 13 plays over 6 minutes, with Mark Ingram getting in from the one to make it 24-23 Saints early in the fourth quarter.

With 3 1/2 minutes left in regulation the Saints faced 4th and 12 from the Cleveland 38. Sean Payton opted to punt, and the Browns were pinned back at their own 4 yard line with 2:45 left. Hoyer converted a pair of third downs and on fourth and 6 from the Cleveland 38 found Barnidge for 10 more. A 13 yard completion to Austin had the ball on he Saints 39  with 15 seconds left. With everything on the line, Rob Ryan’s defense had a meltdown. Hoyer found a wide open Hawkins for a 28 yard gain down to the 11. Cundiff made up for his missed extra point by nailing the 29 yard field goal.

For the second straight week the preseason Super Bowl contenders lost on the road on the final play to fall to 0-2. As for Johnny Clipboard, he will have to wait. Cleveland has a quarterback, and his name is Bryan Hoyer. Not since the 1980 Brian Sipe led Cardiac Kids have the Browns been so much fun. 26-24 Browns

Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals — Last week the Bengals almost lost because they settled for 5 field goals in the first half. Once again they drove deep and wilted in the red zone, as a 31 yard Mike Nugent kick put them up 3-0. Matt Bryant responded with a 46 yarder to tie it 3-3. In the second quarter Red Rifle Andy Dalton moved the Bengals 91 yards, and this time Cincinnati finished the job. Bernard ran it in from 4 yards out to make it 10-3 Bengals.

In the third quarter Dalton went to Sanu for a 76 yard touchdown to make it 17-3 Bengals. A interception of Matt Ryan set up Cincinnati at the Atlanta 43. Hill would crash in from the one to make it 24-3 Bengals. With 8 1/2 minutes left in regulation, a 77 yard drive finished with Ryan hitting Julio Jones for the 14 yard touchdown but the Falcons got no closer. 24-10 Bengals

St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Josh McCown led a 10 play, 77 yard, 6 minute drive and ran the final 5 yards himself to make it 7-0 Buccaneers early on. The Rams came back 80 yards as Zac Stacy plowed in from the 2 to tie the game 7-7. A lengthy lightning storm meant a major delay, but 2 plays made the difference in the second quarter. Early on, with the Buccaneers inside the 10, McCown was intercepted in the end zone for a touchback. With 3 1/2 minutes left in the half the Buccaneers had a punt blocked, leading to a 36 yard Greg Zuerline field goal as the Rams led 10-7 at intermission.

In the third quarter McCown led the Bucs 60 yards, getting the last yard himself to make it 14-10 Tampa Bay. Zuerlein would hit a 35 yarder to get the Rams within 14-13. On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Bucs had a 24 yard field goal try blocked. With 9 minutes left in regulation Zuerlein hit from 46 to put the Rams in front 16-14. The Bucs had another field goal try from 36 with 5:20 play and this time Murray hit it to give Tampa Bay the 17-16 lead. With 42 seconds left Zuerlein came in for a 38 yarder, and Greg “the leg” was good for the fourth time on the day. With 20 seconds left from the Tampa 39, McCown found Evans for 29 yards to the Rams 32, in field goal range. Without a timeout, the clock ran out before the Bucs could try the field goal. The Rams may have lost their starting quarterback, but Jeff Fisher teams have heart. 19-17 Rams

Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers — San Diego held the ball for 8 minutes and ran 14 plays but only move 48 yards. Nick Novak hit a 50 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Chargers. Percy Harvin quickly raced 51 yards for a touchdown to make it 7-3 Seahawks. In the second quarter Philip Rivers moved the Chargers 80 yards and threw an 8 yard touchdown to Antonio Gates for the 10-7 San Diego lead. Novak would hit from 43 to make it 13-7 Chargers. The Seahawks fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving the Chargers the ball at the Seattle 28. Rivers would throw another 8 yard touchdown to Gates as the Chargers built a 20-7 lead over the defending champs.

Russell Wilson came back and led the Seahawks 69 yards, with Turbin taking it the final 3 to get the Seahawks within 20-14. In the third quarter Rivers led the Chargers 76 yards in 12 plays in 6 1/2 minutes, connecting with Gates again for a 21 yard touchdown to make it 27-14 Chargers. Wilson led Seattle 70 yards, hitting Marshawn Lynch for a a 14 yard touchdown to get the Seahawks within 27-21 after there quarters. The Seahawks have the all world Legion of Boom, but in the fourth quarter it was the Chargers defense that turned out the lights. With 3 minutes left in the game the Seahawks had one last chance from their own 11 and lost a yard, turning it over on downs. Novak hit the 29 yard

with 15 seconds left to salt it away. 30-21 Chargers

Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders — The Raiders won in Houston the day after Al Davis died. They no longer play inspired football, sucking in every phase of the game. Arriun Foster raced for a 41 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Texans early on. Foster was ruled down at the one, so Ryan Fitzpatrick instead found a wide open J.J. Watt. Yes, J.J. Watt now plays offense in addition to being one of the best defenders in the league. The Texans defense had more offensive touchdowns than the entire Oakland offense, but it was still early enough for things to get worse for the Raider Nation. Oakland went 3 yards in 3 play, and exciting one yard per play before punting.

An 8 minute, 70 yard drive had Foster score from one yard out to make it 14-0 Texans. In the opening quarter the Raiders total offense was 3 plays, 3 yards, and 90 seconds of offensive possession. The Texans in their 13 1/2 minutes of possession, 23 plays, and 151 yards may have put the game away.

In the second quarter from the Oakland 17, Derek Carr fooled the defense and ran for 42 yards. Yet from the Houston 31, Carr was intercepted by Jackson, who returned it 56 yards to the Oakland 24. Bullock hit a 33 yard field goal to have the Texans rolling 17-0. Carr tried to breathe life into the Raiders but got no help. With 2 1/2 minutes left in the half he moved the Raiders from their 13 to their 45 with one minute left. Carr went deep to James Jones at the Houston 35. Jones caught it, was stripped, recovered his own fumble, raced to the Houston 18, was stripped again, and saw the Texans recover at their own 3 yard line. These are the Raiders. Carr got it back and had them in position for a Hail Mary when a receiver failed to get out of bounds. These are the Raiders.

The Third quarter was more of the same. Carr moved the Raiders from their 24 to the Houston 35. On 3rd and 13 from the 38, Carr hit Rivera for a 6 yard gain in field goal range. Yet Rivera was stripped, and Houston picked it up and 42 yards to the Oakland 20. These are the Raiders. On 3rd and 8 from the 19, Fitzpatrick threw incomplete but the Raiders were called for defensive holding. On 3rd and 8 from the 12, Fitzpatrick found Hopkins for the touchdown to make it 24-0 Texans. These are the Raiders. Houston would tack on a 39 yard field goal to lead 27-0.

The Raiders avoided the shutout when the Texans were called for defensive pass interference in the end zone. Darren McFadden got the one yard to get the Raiders within 27-7. Dennis Allen decided to add defensive pass interference calls to the playbook. Needing a stop, the Oakland defense could not find one. Houston ground the Raiders into dirt with a 14 play drive that consumed over 9 minutes off the clock. The 46 yard field goal was just icing on the cake. Carr would throw a touchdown pass with 13 seconds left against the backup defense. Carr has talent. He has little around him and nobody coaching him or the rest of the team. Owner Mark Davis and General Manager Reggie McKenzie need to blow the entire coaching staff up. Nothing is working. Bill O’Brien started 2-0, joining NFL rookies Jim Harbaugh and Chip Kelly as quick turnaround artists. As for Dennis Allen, he is in his third year and the Raiders are getting worse. 30-14 Texans

New York Jets at Green Bay Packers — On the first play from scrimmage, Aaron Rodgers fumbled the snap and the Jets recovered at the Packers 16. Geno Smith ran it in from one yard out as the Jets led 7-0. Gang Green got it back and moved 84 yards quickly, with Smith throwing a 29 yard touchdown to Eric Decker to make it 14-0 in front of a stunned home crowd.

The Packers dodged a bullet when a sack of Rodgers caused a fumble that the Jets recovered. It was ruled an incomplete pass. The when Rodgers moved the Packers to the Jets 13, a completion down to the one was reversed and ruled incomplete. Mason Crosby hit a 31 yard field goal but the Packers trailed 14-3. Smith then led a staggering 16 play, 80 yard, 8 1/2 minute drive that ground the Packers into dust. Chris Ivory scored from 4 yards out to make it 21-3 Packers.

Green Bay would reach the Jets 2 yard line but settle for a 20 yard Crosby field goal to trail 21-6. Crosby would nail a 55 yarder with 3 1/2 minutes left in the half as the Packers got within 21-9. Smith had the Jets moving but went for it all and was intercepted. The Packers took over at their own 3 with 1:52 left in the half. Rodgers moved the Packers 97 yards, hitting Randall Cobb for the 6 yard touchdown with 8 seconds to spare. The Packers trailed 21-16 at halftime but had all the momentum.

In the third quarter Rodgers moved the Packers 67 yards, with a one yard touchdown toss to Cobb to give the Packers the lead for the first time. Rodgers went back to Cobb for the 2 point conversion to make it 24-21 Packers. The Jets stayed calm as Nick Folk drilled a 52 yard field goal with to tie the game 24-24 late in the third quarter. One play and 13 seconds later the Packers had the 31-24 lead when Rodgers went deep to Jordy Nelson for the 80 yard touchdown.

The Jets faced a fourth down and Smith went for all the marbles. A circus catch in the end zone had the Jets celebrating, but it was all for naught. Rex Ryan called timeout before the snap, despite nobody hearing a whistle. To make things even more confusing, Ryan never called the timeout. Offensive coordinator Marty Morninghweg did. Despite the rules saying only the head coach can call the timeout, the refs never saw who asked for it, so they allowed it. Smith would lead the Jets to a 4th and 8 at the Packers 28 with 3 1/2 minutes left, but he then went to the end zone incomplete. On 3rd and 3 at the 2 minute warning, Mike McCarthy decided to pass the ball. Rodgers fired a quick strike complete as the Packers hung on for the gutty comeback win. 31-24 Packers

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos — 80 yards came easily as Peyton Manning found Julius Thomas for a 4 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Broncos. Santos would hit a 45 yard field goal to get the Chiefs within 7-3. In the second quarter Davis would run it in from 2 yards out to cap a 66 yard drive as the Chiefs had the 10-7 lead. Manning moved the Broncos 75 yards as a 4 yard touchdown pass to Jacob Tamme made it 14-10 Broncos. It was deja vu all over again as Manning led the Broncos 88 yards and hit Denarius Thomas for the 12 yard score to make it 21-10 Broncos.

The way to keep Manning from throwing touchdowns is to refuse to let him on the field. The Chiefs mounted a 14 play, 90 yard drive that consumed almost 8 minutes. Davis ran it in from 4 yards out as the Chiefs only trailed 21-17 midway through the fourth quarter. Manning tok the Broncos down the field again but this time Denver stalled at the Chiefs 2 yard line. The field goal had Denver up by 7 with 3 1/2 minutes to play. Alex Smith brought the Chiefs down the field, and with 18 seconds left everything came down to 4th and goal at the 2. Smith threw incomplete and Denver survived. John Fox got the win to make the Broncos 2-0 while the 0-2 Chiefs have rendered Andy Reid a most unhappy Walrus Lite. 24-17 Broncos

Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers was the Sunday night game. This was the very first game for the Santa Clara Silicon Valley 49ers of San Francisco in their new digs at Levi Stadium. The 49ers got off to a quick start by blocking a Chicago punt to set up a 3 yard touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick to Michael Crabtree. Phil Dawson tacked on a 27 yard field goal as the 49ers led 10-0.

In the second quarter the 49ers turned it over twice but suffered no consequences as the Bears were forced to punt on 4th and 29 from their own 1. The 49ers took over at the Chicago 30 and Frank Gore barreled in from 8 yards out to make it 17-0 49ers. With 2:22 left in the half, the Bears showed signs of life when Jay Cutler moved Chicago 80 yards, throng a 17 yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall just before the half. In the third quarter Kaeprenick led a ridiculous 14 play, 84 yard drive that consumed over 9 minutes off the clock. Yet despite 1st and 5 from the 6, for the second time the 49ers bogged down close and settled for a field goal. Although the 49ers led 20-7 after three quarters, the fourth quarter will be talked about for some time in the Bay Area.

Cutler again marched the Bears 80 yards, needing 13 plays and 7 1/2 minutes to do it. Cutler hit Marshall again, this time for a 5 yard touchdown less than 90 seconds into the final quarter to get the Bears within 20-14. On the next offensive play, another interception of Kaepernick set up the Bears at the San Francisco 3 yard line. Kaepernick lost his cool and was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play. One play after that, Cutler threw the touchdown to Michael Bennett. 2 scores in 24 seconds had the Bears up 21-20.

Kaepernick was intercepted yet again, with Chicago taking over at the San Francisco 42. Cutler threw a 29 yard completion to Jeffery and connected with Marshall for the third time as the 3 yard score put the Bears up by 8 midway through the fourth quarter. Kaepernick moved the 49ers from their 20 to a 1st and 10 at the Chicago 18. On 4th and 9 with 1:17 to play, Kaepernick fired incomplete and the Bears had the shocking upset one week after losing at home to lowly Buffalo. Cutler had 4 touchdowns while Kaepernick was a turnover machine. 28-20 Bears

Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts was the Monday night game. Both offenses moved the ball well, but the Eagles did not finish drives. Nick Foles led them 69 yards in 11 plays, but settled for a 31 yard Parkey field goal to lead 3-0. Andrew Luck brought the Colts 72 yards and threw a 1 yard touchdown to Ahmad Bradshaw to make it 7-3 Colts. In the second quarter the Colts tacked on a 46 yard Adam Vinatieri field goal to lead 10-3. Again the Eagles drove deep but again had to settle for a 23 yard Parkey field goal to trail 10-6. Luck brought the Colts down the field again and a 2 yard touchdown pass to Doyle had the Colts up 17-6 at halftime. Foles had the far superior numbers but the trouble in the red zone hurt the Eagles.

In the third quarter it was the Colts failing to finish a drive as they settled for a 27 yard Vinatieri field goal and a 20-6 lead. The Eagles quickly moved 80 yards as LeSean McCoy took it in from the one to get the Eagles within 20-13. Trent Richardson fumbled on the next play from scrimmage and the Eagles took over at the Colts 26. On 3rd and 15 Foles found McCoy for 21. Darren Sproles ran it from 19 yards out as the Eagles tied the game 20-20 late in the third quarter.

The shootout continued in the fourth quarter when Luck moved the Colts 80 yards in 12 plays, taking 6 minutes to do so. A  7 yard touchdown to Bradshaw put the Colts up 27-20 with 12 minutes left in regulation. The Eagles went 3 and out and Luck moved the Colts from the Indianapolis 37 to a 3rd and 9 at the Philadelphia 22. Well in field goal range to put the game out of reach, Luck threw an interception. With 5 minutes left, the Eagles had life. After a horse collar penalty against the Colts meant 15 more yards, Foles threw a 51 yard bomb to Sproles down to the Colts 6 yard line. Luck then threw the touchdown to Jeremy Maclin to tie the game 27-27 with 3:25 to play.

Now it was the Colts who went 3 and out as the Eagles got the ball back at their own 40 with 1:56 left. Foles found Zac Ertz for 24 yards and Sproles for 17 more. With 3 seconds left, it was Parkey coming in for the win. From 36 yards out, Parkey was good and the Eagles became the first team in NFL history to win their first two games when trailing both in the second half by at least 14 points. 30-27 Eagles

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