Smith, Chiefs de­liver big come­back

Baltimore Sun - - NFL -

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.

ED ZURGA/AP

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