Fal­cons fight off feisty Bears

In­di­vid­ual per­for­mances high­light Week 1 ac­tion around the NFL.

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The de­fend­ing NFC champs got off to a bet­ter start than the team that beat them in last Fe­bru­ary’s Su­per Bowl, de­feat­ing the sur­pris­ingly com­pet­i­tive Bears Sun­day.

A field goal to turn a three point lead to a six point lead put At­lanta ahead for good in the 2317 vic­tory on the shoul­der of Matt Ryan and his 321 yards pass­ing.

Austin Hooper posted 88 of those yards in one play, a forth quar­ter touch­down scam­per. Ravens 20, Ben­gals 0 Andy Dal­ton threw four in­ter­cep­tions and the Ravens ran for 158 yards in yet an­other ugly AFC bat­tle Sun­day.

A 48-yard Joe Flacco touch­down pass to new re­ceiver Jeremy Ma­clin was the lone pass­ing score in the game. Steel­ers 21, Browns 18 In a game much closer than any­one could have imag­ined, An­to­nio Brown was re­spon­si­ble for a ridicu­lous 188 of Ben Roeth­lis­berger’s 263 yards.

The Browns and rookie Deshon Kizer closed a 21-10 gap but were un­able to pull off the up­set. Lions 35, Car­di­nals 23 Matthew Stafford threw for four touch­downs while Car­son Palmer threw for three in­ter­cep­tions in one-sided NFC bat­tle Sun­day.

Golden Tate made friends of his fan­tasy own­ers, catch­ing 10 passes for 107 yards and a score. Raiders 26, Ti­tans 16 Derek Carr picked up where he left off be­fore a sea­son-end­ing in­jury last sea­son, out­du­el­ing the ag­ile Marcus Mar­i­ota in a game with seven field goals.

Lead­ing by just three mid­way through the fourth quar­ter, Carr found Seth Roberts on a 19-yard strike to give Oakland a com­fort­able 10-yard lead. Eagles 30, Red­skins 17 The Eagles pass rush was on full dis­play in the NFC East Sun­day as Fletcher Cox got his sec­ond sack late in the fourth quar­ter — with just two minutes to play — and forces and re­cov­ered a fum­ble that he would take into the end zone.

Car­son Wentz threw for 307 yards and the Eagles de­fense held the Red­skins to one of­fen­sive touch­down and less than 250 yards. Jaguars 29, Tex­ans 7 Leonard Four­nette stole the show in his NFL de­but, gain­ing 100 yards on the ground and catch­ing three passes en route to a con­vinc­ing win against one of the NFL’s most high­lytouted de­fenses.

Nei­ther team gained more than 280 yards of of­fense as the Tex­ans were un­done by three lost fum­bles.

Tom Sav­age was benched for rookie De­Shaun Watson who threw his first NFL touch­down pass to DeAn­dre Hopkins.

Week 1 started with few tight matchups around the NFL. GETTY IMAGES

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