NFL Recap – Week 2 Sunday September 20
Here's a recap of what happened on Sunday, September 20th, Week 2 in the National Football League
The San Francisco 49ers picked up their first win of the season, but it came at a very heavy price.
Raheem Mostert ran for an 80-yard touchdown on San Francisco's first play from scrimmage in a 31-13 victory over the Jets. But Mostert couldn't finish the game, nor could quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas.
Garoppolo went out with a high ankle sprain and Mostert to an injured knee. Garoppolo threw two TD passes before he and Mostert sat out the second half.
The fear is it could be a season-ending ACL injury for Bosa, who'll have tests Monday. So will Thomas, although 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said there's a better chance for him it's not as serious an ACL injury.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
- Cam Newton was stopped at the 1-yard line by L.J. Collier on the final play to secure the Seahawks' 35-50 triumph over the Patriots. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw for five touchdowns while completing 21 of 28 passes for 288 yards.
- Harrison Butker hit a field goal on the last play of regulation before nailing a 58-yard field goal in overtime to lift the Chiefs to a 23-20 win over the Chargers. Patrick Mahomes Jr. shook off a slow start to finish 27 of 47 for 302 yards and two touchdowns.
- Greg Zuerlein kicked a 46-yard field goal as time expired, and the Cowboys overcame four fumbles and a 20-point deficit in the first quarter to beat the Falcons, 40-39 in coach Mike McCarthy's home debut. Dak Prescott became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 400 yards and rush for three touchdowns in the same game.
- The Ravens picked up their 14th consecutive regular-season win as Lamar Jackson threw a touchdown pass and Mark Ingram ran for a TD in a 33-16 decision over the Texans. Jackson threw for 204 yards and had 54 yards rushing on a day when Baltimore outrushed Houston, 230-51.
- Tom Brady got his first win with the Buccaneers, throwing for 217 yards, one touchdown and an interception in a 31-17 victory over the Panthers. Leonard Fournette rushed for 103 yards and two TDs, including a game-clinching, 54-yard scoring burst in the fourth quarter.
- Ben Roethlisberger threw for 311 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the Steelers' 26-21 verdict over the Broncos. Denver backup QB Jeff Driskel completed 18 of 34 for 256 yards with two touchdowns and a pick while absorbing a serious pounding at the hands of Pittsburgh's defense.
- Jared Goff threw three touchdown passes to Tyler Higbee in leading the Rams to a 37-19 win at Philadelphia. Goff completed his first 13 passes, including a pair of TDs to Higbee that helped Los Angeles build a 21-3 minutes into the second quarter.
- Kyler Murray threw for 286 yards, passed for a TD and ran for two others as the Cardinals doubled up Washington, 30-15. DeAndre Hopkins caught eight passes for 68 yards and a touchdown for the 2-0 Cardinals.
- Josh Allen threw for career highs of 417 yards and four touchdowns in the Bills' 31-28 decision over the Dolphins. Buffalo racked up 524 total yards, with Allen becoming the team's first quarterback to have back-to-back 300-yard games since Drew Bledsoe in 2002.
- Mitchell Trubisky threw two touchdown passes and the Bears hung on to beat the Giants 17-13. The Giants lost star running back Saquon Barkley to a possible season-ending right knee injury on the opening play of the second quarter.
- Jonathan Taylor ran for 101 yards and scored a touchdown in his first NFL start, leading the Colts past the Vikings, 28-11. Kirk Cousins was just 11 of 26 with 113 yards and three interceptions for Minnesota, which fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2013.
- Stephen Gostkowski hit a game-winning field goal for the second straight week, this one a 49-yard kick goal with 1:36 left in the Titans' 33-30 win over the Jaguars. Jeffery Simmons batted a pass by Gardner Minshew, and Harold Landry III grabbed the ball out of the air with 47 seconds left to seal the victory.
- Aaron Jones rushed for a career-high 168 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a 75-yard breakaway, as the Packers rallied from an early 11-point deficit to beat the Detroit Lions 42-21. Jones also had a team-high 68 yards receiving on four catches as the Packers won their home opener for an eighth consecutive year.
- Dak Prescott, Cowboys, was 34 for 47 for 450 yards and a touchdown and had three touchdowns rushing in Dallas' 40-39 win over Atlanta. Prescott is the first player in NFL history to throw for at least 400 yards and run for three touchdowns.
- Josh Allen, Bills, finished 24 for 35 for 417 yards and four touchdowns in Buffalo's 31-28 win over Miami. The only other Bills player to throw for at least 415 yards and four scores was Joe Ferguson in 1983.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins, was 31 for 47 for 328 yards and two touchdowns in Miami's 31-28 loss to Buffalo.
- Matt Ryan, Falcons, was 24 for 36 for 273 yards and four touchdowns in Atlanta's 40-39 loss to Dallas.
- Ryan Tannehill, Titans, finished 18 for 24 for 239 yards and four touchdowns in Tennessee's 33-30 win over Jacksonville. It was his ninth straight game with at least two TDs, breaking the team mark held with Marcus Mariota, who set the record in 2016. This also was Tannehill's third career game with four TD passes and first since Oct. 25, 2015, in a win for Miami over Houston.
- Jared Goff, Rams, was 20 for 27 for 267 yards and three touchdowns in Los Angeles' 37-19 win over Philadelphia.
- Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs, was 27 for 47 for 302 yards and two touchdowns in Kansas City's 23-20 overtime win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
- Cam Newton, Patriots, was 30 for 44 for 397 yards and one touchdown, and rushed for 47 yards and two touchdowns, in New England's 35-30 loss to Seattle.
- Russell Wilson, Seahawks, was 21 for 28 for 288 yards and five touchdowns in Seattle's win over New England.
- Aaron Jones, Packers, had 18 carries for a career-high 168 yards and two touchdowns, including a 75-yard TD run, and added four receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown in Green Bay's 42-21 win over Detroit.
- Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers, had 12 carries for 103 yards and two touchdowns in Tampa Bay's 31-17 win over Carolina.
- Jonathan Taylor, Colts, had 26 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown in Indianapolis' 28-11 win over Minnesota.
- James Robinson, Jaguars, had 16 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown in Jacksonville's 33-30 loss to Tennessee.
- James Conner, Steelers, had 16 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 26-21 win over Denver.
- Raheem Mostert, 49ers, had eight rushes for 92 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown, before leaving with a knee injury in San Francisco's 31-13 win over the New York Jets.
- Tyler Higbee, Rams, had five catches for 54 yards and three touchdowns in Los Angeles' 37-19 win over Philadelphia.
- Jonnu Smith, Titans, had four catches for 84 yards and two touchdowns in Tennessee's 33-30 win over Jacksonville.
- CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper, Cowboys. Lamb had six catches for 106 yards and Cooper had six catches for 100 yards in Dallas' 40-39 win over Atlanta.
- Stefon Diggs, Bills, had eight catches for 153 yards and a touchdown in Buffalo's 31-28 win over Miami.
- DJ Moore and Robby Anderson, Panthers, Moore had eight catches for 120 yards, Anderson had nine receptions for 109 yards in Carolina's 31-17 loss to Tampa Bay.
- Terry McLaurin, Washington, had seven catches for 125 yards and a touchdown in a 30-15 loss to Arizona.
- Mike Evans, Buccaneers, had seven catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in Tampa Bay's 31-17 win over Carolina.
- Calvin Ridley, Falcons, had seven catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns in Atlanta's 40-39 loss to Dallas.
- Mo Alie-Cox, Colts, had five catches for 111 yards in Indianapolis' 28-11 win over Minnesota.
- Mike Gesicki, Dolphins, had eight catches for 130 yards and a touchdown in Miami's 31-28 loss to Buffalo.
- Julian Edelman, Patriots, had eight catches for 179 yards in New England's 35-30 loss to Seattle.
- Harrison Butker, Chiefs, made two 58-yard field goals, including the overtime winner, in Kansas City's 23-20 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
- Greg Zuerlein, Cowboys, kicked a 46-yard field goal as time expired as Dallas overcame a 20-point deficit to beat Atlanta 40-39.
- Stephen Gostkowski, Titans, made a 49-yard field goal with 1:36 remaining to send Tennessee to a 33-30 win over Jacksonville.
- Rodrigo Blankenship, Colts, was 4 for 4 on field goals, in Indianapolis' 28-11 win over Minnesota.
- L.J. Fort, Ravens, returned a fumble 22 yards for a touchdown in Baltimore's 33-16 win over Houston.
- Foyesade Oluokun, Falcons, had three forced fumbles in Atlanta's 40-39 loss to Dallas.
- DeForest Buckner, Colts, sacked Minnesota's Kirk Cousins in the end zone for a safety in a 28-11 win over the Vikings. Excluding the playoffs, the Vikings have stunningly allowed a safety in three straight regular-season games since Chicago picked one up by tackling running back Mike Boone in the end zone on Dec. 29, 2019.
- T.J. Watt, Steelers, had 2 1/2 of Pittsburgh's seven sacks in a 26-21 win over Denver.
- Quinnen Williams, Jets, had two sacks in New York's 31-13 loss to San Francisco.
- J.J. Watt, Texans, had two sacks in Houston's 33-16 loss to Baltimore. That gives Watt 26 multi-sack games in his career, most in the NFL since 2011.
BIG COMEBACK IN BIG 'D'
The Dallas Cowboys, who trailed by nine points at the two-minute warning of the fourth quarter, defeated Atlanta, 40-39, in Week 2 on a 46-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein as time expired. The Cowboys are the third team in the past 15 regular seasons to overcome a two-score deficit in the final two minutes and win in regulation, joining the New England Patriots (Dec. 8, 2013 vs. Cleveland) and San Diego Chargers (Dec. 14, 2008 at Kansas City).
Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool, a native of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, had an 84-yard touchdown reception in the Steelers' 26-21 victory over Denver in Week 2. It marked the longest touchdown from scrimmage by a Canadian-born player in NFL history.
Making his first career NFL start, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, the No. 6 overall selection in the draft, passed for 311 yards with one touchdown and rushed for a touchdown in a 23-20 overtime loss to Kansas City. Herbert joins Hall of Famer Otto Graham (1950) and Cam Newton (2011) as the only players with at least 300 passing yards and a rushing touchdown in their first career game in NFL history. ... Philip Rivers picked up his first win with the Colts by going 19 of 25 with 214 yards, one touchdown - No. 399 overall - and one interception. He tied Hall of Famer and former Vikings great Fran Tarkenton for eighth all-time with career win No. 124.
STREAKS & STATS
Ten teams - Arizona, Buffalo, Baltimore, Chicago, Green Bay, Kansas City, the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Seattle - each improved to 2-0 on Sunday. ... Baltimore's 33-16 win over Houston is its 14th straight in the regular season, the longest streak in the NFL since Carolina won 18 in a row in 2014-15. ... This is the Titans' first 2-0 start since 2008, the most recent season this franchise won the AFC South. The Titans also won their seventh straight against division rival Jacksonville in Nashville after nearly blowing a 24-10 halftime lead. ... The Packers won their home opener for an eighth consecutive year and improved to 8-0 against NFC North foes during coach Matt LaFleur's tenure. The Lions blew an early 14-3 lead in the 42-21 loss to Green Bay. They are the first team in NFL history to blow double-digit leads to lose four straight games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. They've lost 11 straight overall for their longest skid since dropping 19 from 2007-09. ... After a 28-11 loss to the Indianapolis, Minnesota is 0-2 for the first time since 2013 and has lost five of its past six games, including last season's playoff defeat. ... The Panthers have allowed six TDs rushing in two games this season. They've allowed 38 over the past 18 games, including a NFL-leading 32 last season.
Giants star running back Saquon Barkley is believed to have torn the ACL in his right knee early in their loss at Chicago. All-Pro standout Christian McCaffrey left Carolina's loss to the Buccaneers with a right ankle injury, 49ers running back Raheem Mostert left with a knee injury, and the Rams' Cam Akers hurt his ribs. Plenty of wide receivers went down, too: The Packers' Davante Adams hurt his hamstring in a win over the Lions; the Colts' Parris Campbell was carted off with a leg injury against Minnesota; the Giants' Sterling Shepard sustained a toe injury; and the Broncos' Courtland Sutton left their loss in Pittsburgh with a knee injury. Then there were the quarterbacks: Tyrod Taylor didn't start the Chargers' game against Kansas City after sustaining a chest injury before kickoff, giving way to rookie Justin Herbert. The Broncos' Drew Lock hurt his shoulder. The 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo tried to play through a right ankle injury before Nick Mullens took over for the second half.
"I don't know if I've been in many games like this thing. But to be able to get the win, and in front of those fans that were there, stayed the whole game, they didn't give up on us. That was a huge difference." - Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott on the more than 20,000 fans at AT&T Stadium who booed the team off the field at halftime when the Cowboys trailed 29-10. Dallas rallied in the final minutes for an improbable 40-39 win.
"Like, 2-0 is not a bad situation. I don't care how you get it. Two-and-oh is delicious. I'll eat that every day of the week." - Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks on his team's unbeaten start after a 17-13 win over the New York Giants.