Well, the Cleveland Browns didn’t lose, ty­ing Steel­ers 21-21

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Well, the Browns didn’t lose.

Cleveland ended its 17-game los­ing streak on Sun­day with a 21-21 tie against the Pittsburgh Steel­ers. But the Browns missed a chance at their first vic­tory since 2016 when kicker Zane Gon­za­lez’s 43-yard field­goal at­tempt with 9 sec­onds left in OT was blocked by T.J. Watt — who also had four sacks.

The Steel­ers, who blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quar­ter, also wasted their chance to es­cape with a win when Chris Boswell was wide left on a 42-yard field-goal at­tempt with 1:44 re­main­ing in the ex­tra pe­riod.

It was the NFL’s first tie in Week 1 since 1971 and the league’s first over­all since Washington and Cincin­nati ended in a 27-27 dead­lock on Oct. 30, 2016.

The Browns re­main win­less since Dec. 24, 2016, but at least they have a pos­i­tive af­ter go­ing 0-16 last sea­son, just the sec­ond team to lose all 16 games.

As Le’Veon Bell con­tin­ued his hold­out, James Con­ner filled in for the Steel­ers and scored two touch­downs while run­ning for 135 yards. Ben Roeth­lis­berger threw three in­ter­cep­tions in the first half and fin­ished 23 of 41 for 335 yards, throw­ing a 22-yard touch­down pass in the fourth quar­ter to An­to­nio Brown.

In his de­but with Cleveland, Ty­rod Tay­lor com­pleted 15 of 40 passes for 197 yards.

BUC­CA­NEERS 48, SAINTS 40 NEW ORLENS (AP) — Ryan Fitz­patrick high­lighted a 417-yard, four-touch­down per­for­mance with two scor­ing strikes of more than 50 yards. Start­ing for the sus­pended Jameis Win­ston, Fitz­patrick com­pleted 21 of 28 passes with­out an in­ter­cep­tion and also ran for a short touch­down, bowl­ing over free safety Mar­cus Wil­liams on his way into the end zone.

Saints cor­ner­back Marshon Lat­ti­more, the 2017 De­fen­sive Rookie of the Year, had ar­guably the worst per­for­mance of his short ca­reer try­ing to cover re­ceiver Mike Evans, who caught seven passes for 147 yards, in­clud­ing a 50-yard touch­down that put the Bucs up 41-24 late in the third quar­ter.

DeSean Jack­son caught scor­ing passes of 58 and 36 yards to highlight his five-catch, 146-yard day be­fore leav­ing with a con­cus­sion.

Fitz­patrick also threw a 9-yard touch­down pass to Chris God­win..

BEN­GALS 34, COLTS 23 IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS (AP) — Andy Dal­ton ral­lied the Ben­gals with three scores in the fi­nal 19 min­utes and Clay­ton Fe­jedelem scored on an 83-yard fum­ble re­turn with 24 sec­onds to go. Cincin­nati snapped an eightgame los­ing streak in Indy.

The loss spoiled the Colts’ sea­son opener — and the re­turn of An­drew Luck, who made his first start in more than 20 months.

It looked as if Luck was up to his old tricks af­ter stak­ing the Colts to a 23-10 lead mid­way through the third quar­ter, and again late when he led the Colts 50 yards to the Ben­gals 25-yard line in the fi­nal minute.

But a com­pleted pass on third down to Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle saw Fe­jedelem knock the ball out, scoop it up and sprint down the side­line, avoid­ing Luck on his way to the end zone for the seal­ing score.

RAVENS 47, BILLS 3 BAL­TI­MORE (AP) — The Bal­ti­more Ravens ha­rassed and em­bar­rassed Buf­falo quar­ter­back Nathan Peter­man on a rainy af­ter­noon, while Joe Flacco threw three touch­down passes, one to each of the new re­ceivers.

Flacco went 25 for 34 for 236 yards be­fore be­ing re­placed in the third quar­ter by rookie La­mar Jack­son, who did lit­tle more than hand off af­ter en­ter­ing with a 40-0 lead.

Mak­ing its de­but un­der de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Don Martin­dale, the Ravens held Buf­falo to 33 yards and no first downs in go­ing up 26-0 at the half.

Bal­ti­more added two touch­downs in the third quar­ter fol­low­ing Buf­falo mis­takes be­fore Bills coach Sean McDer­mott had fi­nally seen enough, replacing Peter­man with rookie Josh Allen.

PA­TRI­OTS 27, TEX­ANS 20 FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady threw for 277 yards and three touch­downs, hit­ting Rob Gronkowski for 123 yards and a score.

Brady and Gronkowski, who both floated the pos­si­bil­ity of re­tir­ing over the off­sea­son, con­nected seven times, in­clud­ing a 21-yard touch­down three plays af­ter De­shaun Wat­son fum­bled a hand­off at the Tex­ans 19 on Hous­ton’s first of­fen­sive play. Phillip Dorsett and James White also caught TD passes from Brady, the 41-year-old reign­ing NFL MVP.

Wat­son, who missed the fi­nal nine games last sea­son with a torn right ACL, com­pleted 17 of 35 passes for 176 yards, one score and one in­ter­cep­tion. He strug­gled to move the team in the first 40 min­utes, man­ag­ing just a pair of field-goal drives be­fore Al­fred Blue ran it in from 1 yard to make it 24-13 in the last two min­utes of the third pe­riod.

JAGUARS 20, GIANTS 15 EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. (AP) — Line­backer Myles Jack scored on a 32-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn early in the fourth quar­ter and the Jaguars spoiled the Giants de­buts of coach Pat Shur­mur and sec­ond-over­all draft pick Saquon Barkley, and the re­turn of Odell Beck­ham Jr.

Blake Bor­tles threw a short touch­down pass and led two other first-half field goal drives. The Jaguars dom­i­nated, with the ex­cep­tion a Barkley-in­duced hic­cup, in open­ing a sea­son by liv­ing up to the Su­per Bowl hype.

Held in check much of the game, Barkley brought the sell­out crowd to its feet shortly af­ter the Jack touch­down with a spec­tac­u­lar 68-yard run aided by a great block by re­ceiver Ster­ling Shep­ard. It got New York within 20-15 with 10:39 to play.

New York went for the 2-point con­ver­sion and Barkley (18-rushes for 106 yards) was stopped.

CHIEFS 38, CHARG­ERS 28 CAR­SON (AP) — Tyreek Hill scored three touch­downs, Pa­trick Ma­homes passed for his first four NFL scores and Kansas City opened the sea­son with a vic­tory.

Hill had a 91-yard punt re­turn for a score and a 58-yard TD re­cep­tion dur­ing the first quar­ter be­fore adding a 1-yard re­cep­tion for a score in the fourth quar­ter to put the game out of reach.

Hill also had 169 yards on seven re­cep­tions, which is the sec­ond-most yards by a Chiefs re­ceiver in an opener, ac­cord­ing to Pro Foot­ball Ref­er­ence. Car­los Car­son had 173 yards re­ceiv­ing against New Or­leans in 1985.

BRON­COS 27, SEAHAWKS 24 DEN­VER (AP) — Von Miller sacked Rus­sell Wil­son three times, forced two fum­bles and re­cov­ered one in help­ing Case Keenum win his Den­ver de­but.

It was the Bron­cos’ 18th win in their past 19 home open­ers, and few were more ex­cit­ing or com­pet­i­tive.

Keenum threw for 329 yards and three touch­downs, but was also in­ter­cepted three times.

Wil­son threw for 298 yards and three TDs, but was picked off twice and sacked six times.

DOL­PHINS 27, TI­TANS 20 MI­AMI GAR­DENS, Fla. (AP) — Ja­keem Grant scored on a tiebreak­ing 102-yard kick­off re­turn with 14 min­utes to go, and Mi­ami over­came two weather de­lays to win the long­est game since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger.

De­lays for light­ning lasted a to­tal of 3 hours, 59 min­utes, and the game took 7 hours, 10 min­utes to play. The pre­vi­ous long­est game since 1970 was a Bears over­time vic­tory against the Ravens in 2013 that took 5 hours, 16 min­utes.

Grant’s touch­down trig­gered a late flurry of big plays in an opener that was lack­lus­ter for the first six hours.

RED­SKINS 24, CAR­DI­NALS 6 GLEN­DALE, Ariz. (AP) — Alex Smith carved up the Ari­zona de­fense for 255 yards and two touch­downs, Adrian Peterson rushed for 96 yards and a score and Washington spoiled the coach­ing de­but of Steve Wilks.

Smith and Peterson were play­ing their first game as Red­skins and the two vet­er­ans made an im­pact from the start.

Smith, ac­quired from Kansas City in the off­sea­son to re­place Kirk Cousins, com­pleted 21 of 30 passes with­out an in­ter­cep­tion and had TD throws of 13 yards to Chris Thomp­son and 4 yards to Jor­dan Reed.

PAN­THERS 16, COW­BOYS 8 CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam New­ton ran for 58 yards and a touch­down, and Carolina’s de­fense turned in a dom­i­nant per­for­mance to beat Dal­las.

Luke Kuechly had 13 tack­les, Kawann Short sacked Dak Prescott twice and Mario Ad­di­son had a huge strip-sack of the Cow­boys quar­ter­back with 1:23 left to seal the vic­tory.

Carolina’s de­fense had six sacks in all and lim­ited the Cow­boys to 232 yards.

PACK­ERS 24, BEARS 23 GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers threw three touch­down passes in the sec­ond half af­ter re­turn­ing from a knee in­jury, and the Pack­ers over­came a 20-point deficit for a thrilling win over the Chicago Bears.

Rodgers, who was carted off in the first half, con­nected with re­ceiver Ran­dall Cobb for a catch-and-run through the sec­ondary for a 75-yard touch­down and the go-ahead score with 2:13 left in the game. Nick Perry sacked the Bears’ Mitchell Tru­bisky on fourth-and-10 with 58 sec­onds to com­plete the come­back.

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