SAN FRANCISCO -- Anquan Boldin's sensational San Francisco debut helped keep the 49ers on quite a roll against Green Bay.
And Vernon Davis did his part in a prolific passing game led by Colin Kaepernick in a 34-28 victory over the Packers on Sunday.
From Super Bowl champion Baltimore to contender again with another coach named Harbaugh, Boldin was unstoppable. He caught 13 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown.
Davis made a pair of TD catches as Kaepernick threw for a career-high 412 yards for the NFC champion Niners.
Boldin sure showed he is a reliable replacement for injured 2012 top wideout Michael Crabtree.
Frank Gore scored a go-ahead, 1-yard touchdown with 5:47 remaining as the 49ers made it three straight against Aaron Rodgers and Co., after beating Green Bay last September to open the season and then 45-31 in the NFC divisional playoffs.
Boldin sure has a knack for season openers, delivering with 10 catches for 217 yards in his first career game with Arizona, seven catches for 110 yards in his first outing for the Ravens in 2010 — then this fine outing.
Kaepernick marched his team 80 yards on five plays to take the lead. The 49ers answered after Packers rookie Eddie Lacy put Green Bay ahead on a 2-yard run with 8:26 left.
Rodgers threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns, but the Packers departed from Candlestick Park with another defeat eight months after that embarrassing postseason game.
Saints 23, Falcons 17
NEW ORLEANS --
Brees connected with
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. --
Brady finished 29 of 52 for 288 yards passing and two touchdowns in helping the Patriots win their season opener for the 10th straight season.
The new-look Bills nearly pulled off a stunning upset in the first game under coach Doug Marrone and rookie quarterback
It was an all-too-familiar outcome for the Bills against their
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. --
With the Jets trailing 17-15 and time running out, rookie
The 15-yard penalty gave the Jets the ball at the Buccaneers 30 and set up the winning field goal by Folk on the next play.
Things appeared dim for the Jets just moments earlier when
Smith, making his first
Luck was 18 of 23 for 178 yards with two touchdown passes, but earned his eighth career fourth-quarter comeback by scrambling for a score with 5:20 to go in the game.
It was Indianapolis' first opening-day win since 2009.
Oakland started Terrelle Pryor at quarterback. He was 19 of 29 for 217 yards and one TD, and he broke the Raiders rushing record for a quarterback with 13 carries for 112 yards.
But he also threw two interceptions in the red zone, the second coming with 25 seconds left in the game to seal Indy's victory.
Luck led the Colts to TD drives on their first two possessions, but didn't score again until Luck's go-ahead score.
Rams 27, Cardinals 24
ST. LOUIS -- Greg Zuerlein kicked a 48-yard field goal with 40 seconds left and the St. Louis Rams completed a fourth-quarter comeback with a 27-24 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
It was Zuerlein's fourth field goal of the game.
Larry Fitzgerald caught two touchdown passes from new quarterback Carson Palmer and the Arizona defense scored one touchdown.
The Cardinals, under new coach Bruce Arians, had an 11-point lead after Fitzgerald's 24-yarder late in the third quarter.
Jared Cook had two touchdown catches in his Rams debut. The tight end fumbled a potential third TD, a 55-yarder that would have opened the scoring, when rookie Tyrann Mathieu punched the ball free at the 8 and the play resulted in a touchback.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. --
The Seahawks managed just two field goals before Kearse beat cornerback
The Panthers held
The Panthers threatened to take the lead late, but safety
It wasn't quite the display the Bears were looking for after making some big changes in the offseason. But it was good enough.
The Bengals led by 11 in the third quarter and were up 21-17 early in the fourth when
Chicago took over at its 19 and got an 8-yard run from
The Lions overcame a slew of miscues on offense, defense and special teams.
The Vikings also made their share of mistakes, especially
Bush, in his Detroit debut, gave the franchise what it has been missing since speedy running back
PITTSBURGH -- Tennessee's revamped defense sacked
Pittsburgh managed just 195 total yards and lost a series of players to injury, including
The Titans gave up more points than any team in the NFL last season and brought in
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- lex Smith threw two early touchdown passes, Kansas City's defense dominated all day and the Chiefs began the
Jamaal Charles ran for 77 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with a quadriceps injury, but that was about the only negative for the Chiefs.
Jacksonville advanced past its own 36-yard line just once, a stunning display of offensive futility for the rebuilding franchise. The Jaguars finished with 178 yards, but for most of the game were challenging the team low of 117 yards set last year against Houston.
It wasn't even close to the start the new coach Gus Bradley wanted, but it was a clear indication of how far the team has to go.