NFL roundup: Browns can't shed their curse; Chiefs break theirs in Pittsburgh
Monday, September 17, 2018 – Print Edition, Page B11


NEW ORLEANS Wil Lutz kicked a 44-yard field goal for New Orleans with 21 seconds left, Cleveland kicker Zane Gonzalez pushed the second of his two missed field goals wide right in the final and the Saints held on for a 21-18 victory that extended the Browns' winless streak to 19 games. Gonzalez also missed two extra points, one week after his potential winning field goal was blocked in a season-opening tie with Pittsburgh. Cleveland (0-1-1) carried a two-score lead into the final nine minutes before its latest collapse.


GREEN BAY, WIS. Daniel Carlson missed two field goals in overtime, including one from 35 yards as time expired, and the Vikings had to settle for a 29-29 tie after rallying from a late 13-point deficit. The rookie pushed his final kick wide right, just like his attempt from 49 earlier in overtime. Packers kicker Mason Crosby matched a career high with five field goals, but his potential game winner from 52 went wide left as time expired in regulation.

Both teams are 1-0-1. The tie overshadowed memorable performances from both quarterbacks.

Green Bay star Aaron Rodgers played with a brace on his injured left knee and threw for 281 yards and a score. Minnesota's Kirk Cousins threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns, including three in the fourth quarter.


PITTSBURGH Patrick Mahomes tied a franchise record with six touchdown passes. The 22-yearold Mahomes finished 23 of 28 for 326 yards in his third career start as the Chiefs (2-0) won in Pittsburgh for the first time since 1986.

Mahomes has 10 touchdown passes through two weeks, the most ever by a quarterback through two games. Trevor Kelce caught seven passes for 109 yards and two scores. Tyreek Hill, Chris Conley, Kareem Hunt and Demarcus Robinson also hauled in touchdown passes as the Chiefs recovered in the second half after blowing an early 21-point lead.

Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger shook off an achy right elbow that limited him in practice during the week, completing 39 of 60 passes for 452 yards and three touchdowns.


TAMPA Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for more than 400 yards and four touchdowns for the second straight week. Filling in for suspended quarterback Jameis Winston, the 35-year-old Fitzpatrick completed 27 of 32 passes for 402 yards and has the suddenly explosive Bucs off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2010. DeSean Jackson scored on a 75-yard reception on the first play of the game. O.J. Howard also had a 75yard TD catch in the first half for Tampa Bay, which stunned New Orleans 48-40 on the road in its season opener. Nick Foles threw for 338 yards for the Eagles (1-1), who rallied from a 20-point, third-quarter deficit.


ATLANTA Matt Ryan ran for a pair of scores for the first time in his career and threw a pair of TD passes. After scoring on a one-yard sneak that pushed Atlanta (1-1) to a 24-10 lead early in the third quarter, Ryan delivered the biggest blow with a brilliant scamper midway through the fourth quarter. On third-and-5 from the Carolina 8, he looked around futilely for an open receiver, spotted a running lane to the left and took off for the end zone. There were three Carolina players waiting for him at the goal line - including 346-pound former teammate Dontari Poe - but Ryan leaped in the air and bowled them all over for the TD that gave Atlanta a two-touchdown lead over the Panthers (1-1). Ryan finished 23 of 28 passing for 272 yards.


RUTHERFORD, N.J. Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes, Kenyan Drake ran for a score and the Dolphins took advantage of several mistakes by Sam Darnold and the Jets. T.J. McDonald and Xavien Howard each intercepted the Jets' rookie quarterback, helping the Dolphins to their first 2-0 start to a season since 2013. Tannehill finished 17 of 23 for 168 yards and also ran for 44 yards on eight carries for the Dolphins, coming off a win in the longest NFL game since 1970 merger.


NASHVILLE Ryan Succop kicked a 31-yard field goal with 1:00 left, and the battered Titans held off the Texans 20-17 to give Mike Vrabel his first victory as an NFL head coach. Succop also kicked a tying 42-yarder in the fourth quarter as Tennessee (1-1) pulled out the win with quarterback Marcus Mariota watching from the sideline. The Titans also were missing their top three offensive tackles. Deshaun Watson and Houston (0-2) had the ball last.

With 17 seconds left, Watson ran around the field looking for a receiver. He found DeAndre Hopkins for a 31-yard completion to the Tennessee 21, but time expired before the Texans could run another play. Blaine Gabbert, starting for his fourth NFL team, threw for 117 yards and a touchdown.



threw for two touchdown passes, shook off two interceptions and engineered a game-sealing drive.

Luck was 21 of 31 for 179 yards and had a TD pass in a 25th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the NFL. He was seven of eight for 62 yards on a methodical 13-play, 75-yard drive that culminated in a Luck-to-T.Y. Hilton score that put Indianapolis (1-1) up 21-9 early in the fourth quarter. Executing first-year coach Frank Reich's creative play-calling scheme, Luck also found Eric Ebron for a touchdown on the game's opening drive. The balanced attack with 27 rushing and 31 passing attempts kept the Washington's defence off-balance and allowed Luck to pick apart a secondary that struggled in coverage and tackling. After putting up a Week 1-best 182 rushing yards, Washington (1-1) gained 65 yards on 22 carries.

Adrian Peterson was limited to 20 yards on 11 carries, and receiver Jamison Crowder was actually Washington's leading rusher with 29 yards on two sweep plays.


LOS ANGELES Todd Gurley ran for three touchdowns, Jared Goff threw for 354 yards and a touchdown and the Los Angeles Rams dominated the Arizona Cardinals. The Rams have won their first two games for the first time since 2001, when they started 6-0 en route to the third Super Bowl appearance in team history. It was the second time in Gurley's four-year NFL career that he has three rushing scores in a game.

The other time it occurred was Week 15 at Seattle last season.

Gurley finished with 42 yards on 19 carries as he played only three quarters due to cramps. Goff, who has six 300-yard games, completed 24 of 32, marking the third time in 24 starts he has completed more than 70 per cent of his passes when making 25 or more attempts. The 354 yards were only a yard off of his career high, set last season against Houston.

BRONCOS 20, RAIDERS 19 Brandon McManus DENVER kicked a 36-yard field goal just inside the right upright with six seconds left, pushing the Denver Broncos to a 20-19 win over the hard-luck Oakland Raiders and denying Jon Gruden his first win as a head coach since 2008. With no timeouts and 18 seconds left, Case Keenum hit Tim Patrick for a 26-yard gain to the Oakland 18.

Cornerbacks Gareon Conley and Leon Hall couldn't tackle him inbounds and McManus came on to give the Broncos (2-0) their first lead.

49ERS 30, LIONS 27

SANTA CLARA, CALIF. Jimmy Garoppolo threw two touchdown passes, Matt Breida ran for 138 yards and San Francisco's longest TD run in four seasons , and the 49ers bounced back from a season-opening loss by beating the Detroit Lions 30-27. Garoppolo nearly made a costly mistake when he threw a late interception to Tracy Walker that was returned to the San Francisco 7. But Quandre Diggs was called for a defensive holding away from the play to give the 49ers (1-1) a first down.


452 Yards thrown by Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger completing 39 of 60 attempts in the Steelers' 42-37 loss to the Chiefs

159 Receiving yards for Los Angeles WR Brandin Cooks on seven receptions in the Rams' 34-0 win over the Cardinals

138 Rushing yards for San Francisco RB Matt Breida on 11 carries in the 49ers' 30-27 win over the Lions

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