Smith, Chiefs deliver big comeback
Alex Smith dived for a touchdown on the first possession of overtime, completing the Chiefs’ frantic rally from a 17-point fourthquarter deficit to beat the Chargers 33-27 in their season opener Sunday in Kansas City, Mo.
Smith threw for 363 yards and two touchdowns, the second a back-shoulder fade to Jeremy Maclin with just over nine minutes left in the fourth quarter that trimmed the Chiefs’ deficit to 27-17.
Cairo Santos kicked a 33-yard field goal a few minutes later, and after forcing a three-and-out, Spencer Ware finished off a four-play drive with a TD plunge to tie it at 27.
The Chiefs needed 10 plays to march 75 yards in overtime, and Smith finished off the biggest comeback in team history with his keeper from the 2-yard line on third down.
The Raiders gambled with a two-point conversion that Derek Carr converted with a pass to Michael Crabtree for the winning points with 47 seconds left. Carr hit Seth Roberts for a 10-yard TD setting up the gutsy call by second-year coach Jack Del Rio.
Mike Nugent kicked a 47-yard field goal with 54 seconds left, lifting the Bengals. Andy Dalton threw for 366 yards and a TD to A.J. Green, who caught 12 passes for 180 yards. Chiefs QB Alex Smith celebrates after scoring the game-winning rushing TD during OT on Sunday.
No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz had 278 yards passing and two TDs to lead the Eagles. He finished 22 of 37 with a 101.0 passer rating. The Browns lost their 12th straight season opener.
Jameis Winston bounced back from an INT to throw four TD passes to four different players in the win.
Eric Kendricks returned an INT 77 yards for a TD and Danielle Hunter scored a 24-yard TD off a fumble return for the Vikings, who forced three turnovers in just under seven minutes.
Aaron Rodgers threw two TD passes and ran for a score and the Packers defense made a last-minute stop on fourth down on its 14-yard line.
Joe Flacco threw a 66-yard TD pass to Mike Wallace and the Ravens defense allowed just 160 yards in the team’s first seasonopening win since 2012.
Brock Osweiler threw for 231 yards and two TDs in his debut with the Texans. Rookie Will Fuller had 107 receiving yards and a TD and Lamar Miller ran for 106 yards.
Russell Wilson hit Doug Baldwin for a 2-yard TD with 31 seconds left to rally the Seahawks. He was 27 of 43 for 258 yards with a TD and an INT.
Matthew Stafford was 31 of 39 for 340 yards with three TDs and Matt Prater made a 43-yard FG with 8 seconds left to lift the Lions.
Eli Manning tossed three TD passes, including the go-ahead score to Victor Cruz in Cruz’s first game in nearly two years, to give Ben McAdoo a win in his debut as coach.
Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo started in place of Tom Brady, who served the first game of a four-game ban. Both teams were division winners last season and lost in their respective conference title games.