The first Sunday of NFL action did not disappoint. There were several games that came down to the wire, and others that featured dominant performances from standout players.
Sunday’s action was capped with a dramatic game between the Giants and Cowboys that featured several lead changes and a fourth quarter comeback win for Tony Romo and Dallas.
Who would have thought the Titans would have the most points on Sunday? Marcus Mariota was flawless (literally) and Tennessee blasted the Buccaneers and No. 1 pick Jameis Winston.
Check below updates and highlights of all the games in Week 1:
Betting odds are in parenthesis. All odds are provided by Oddsshark.com:
Buffalo Bills 27, Indianapolis Colts 14
Rex Ryan got the best of Andrew Luck as the Bills toppled the Colts. Buffalo raced out to a 24-0 lead behind the efficient play of Tyrod Taylor and held on as the Colts offense gained traction late.
Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton injured his knee during the game and could miss several weeks.
Green Bay Packers 31, Chicago Bears 23
Aaron Rodgers tossed three touchdown passes and the Packers offense overcame a slow start beat the Bears at Soldier Field.
The game changed on a Jay Cutler interception to Clay Mathews; Cutler is now 1-11 against Green Bay in his career.
Kansas City Chiefs 27, Houston Texans 20
The Chiefs started off 2015 far better than they began 2014 with an impressive road win in Houston. Alex Smith tossed two touchdown passes to Travis Kelce
Brian Hoyer was benched in the second half and Ryan Mallett came in and led the Texans on two late scoring drives to make the game respectable.
Carolina Panthers 20, Jacksonville Jaguars 9
The Panthers completely overwhelmed Jags quarterback Blake Bortles and made enough plays on offense to secure the win in Jacksonville.
Josh Norman returned an interception for a touchdown for the defending NFC South champions.
Luke Kuechly suffered a concussion in the game, and is currently in the league’s protocol for the injury.
New York Jets 31, Cleveland Browns 10
Johnny Manziel threw a touchdown pass in relief of an injured Josh McCown, but the Jets defense dominated the Browns in an easy win at MetLife Stadium.
Chris Ivory had two touchdown runs for New York.
St. Louis Rams 34, Seattle Seahawks 31 (OT)
In the game of the day, St. Louis blew a double-digit fourth quarter lead but rallied to secure an overtime win at home against the Seahawks. Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes in his Rams debut.
Miami Dolphins 17, Washington Redskins 10
The Dolphins prevailed in a slog against the Redskins at RFK Stadium. Both teams made several mistakes in the red zone, but a 69-yard punt return by Jarvis Landry in the fourth quarter broke a 10-10 tie and gave the Dolphins the win.
Arizona Cardinals 31, New Orleans Saints 16
Carson Palmer was solid in his return to the lineup and the Cardinals made several big plays late to pull away from the Saints.
Third round rookie David Johnson had an electrifying touchdown run in the fourth quarter for Arizona
San Diego Chargers 33, Detroit Lions 28
The Chargers scored 30 unanswered points in rallying past the Lions at home. San Diego was in an early 21-3 lead, but Danny Woodhead had a pair of touchdowns and Philip Rivers hit Stevie Johnson and Ladarius Green for scores.
Denver Broncos 19, Baltimore Ravens 13
An interception return by Aqib Talib was enough for the Broncos to hold off the Ravens in a defensive battle at Mile High.
Both teams failed to score an offensive touchdown and they combined for 392 total yards.
Cincinnati Bengals 33, Oakland Raiders 13
Jeremy Hill had two rushing touchdowns and the Bengals played mistake-free football in dominating the Raiders in Oakland.
Derek Carr suffered a hand injury early in the game; Matt McGloin came in and threw for 142 yards and two late touchdowns.
Adam Jones was flagged for a dangerous swing at Amari Cooper; he wasn’t ejected.
Tennessee Titans 42, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14
Marcus Mariota destroyed Jameis Winston in the first meeting between the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks. Mariota threw four touchdowns in his first start and was out of the game by the third quarter as the Titans had built an insurmountable lead.
Dallas Cowboys 27, New York Giants 26
Tony Romo led the Cowboys on a sensational late-game drive to pull out a win at home. The Giants appeared to be heading towards the win but poor clock management cost them dearly.
The Cowboys played most of the game without Dez Bryant, who was treated for dehydration.
Atlanta Falcons 26, Philadelphia Eagles 24
Julio Jones caught a pair of touchdowns and the Falcons withstood a late Eagles rally to prevail on a Matt Bryant field goal with 6:27 left in the game. Both Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and Philadelphia’s Sam Bradford had up-and-down days with two interceptions.
San Francisco 49ers 20, Minnesota Vikings 3
It appears the demise of the 49ers has been greatly exaggerated. Running back Carlos Hyde provided a spark on offense and an attacking defense looked every bit as good as the ones in years past.