The NFL Week 1 is over, and before we head over to the next week, let’s take a look at the top 4 surprises from Week 1!
The NFL nearly saw two ties in Week 1. While Pittsburgh was able to escape with a walk-off win over Cincinnati, Houston and Indianapolis couldn’t avoid such a fate. The Texans were set for a major surprise in their first game under veteran coach Lovie Smith. Houston had a 20-3 lead after three quarters and was in position for an upset victory.
But the Colts, considered to be the favorites to win the division, rallied and scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to force overtime. Neither team was able to score any points in the extra period, and both teams will be tied for first place following the first week.
Maybe Jimmy G isn’t so bad
San Francisco started the Trey Lance era on the road in Chicago, and it was a disaster. The 49ers were stuck playing on a surface at Soldier Field that was saturated with water. San Francisco’s offense spent the rest of the day mired in the mud.
Lance went 13-of-28 passing for 164 yards and threw an interception. The 49ers led 10-7 entering the fourth quarter when things fell apart.
Chicago rallied by scoring 12 unanswered points to steal a 19-10 home win. The Bears won despite only gaining 204 yards of total offense. San Francisco outgained the Bears by 127 yards but committed 12 penalties for 99 yards compared to three for 24 for Chicago.
Defending AFC Champions go down
Cincinnati had ballooned to seven-point favorites by the time its game against division rival Pittsburgh kicked off. Once the game started, however, Cincinnati reverted to the team it used to be. The Bengals turned the ball over five times.
Pittsburgh intercepted Joe Burrow four times, with the most costly resulting in a Minak Fitzpatrick pick-six in the first quarter. What really hurt Cincinnati, though, came when the Bengals’ long snapper went out with an injury. When Burrow found Ja’Marr Chase for a touchdown with two seconds left in the game, Cincinnati lined up for an extra point to win the game.
However, the backup snapper was slow with the delivery, and Fitzpatrick broke through and blocked the snap. Another bad snap in overtime led to a missed kick in overtime. Pittsburgh’s Chris Boswell made a 53-yard field goal to win the game, 23-20, with two seconds left in overtime.
Giants go for the win
First-year New York Giants coach Brian Daboll didn’t worry about playing things by the book during his first-ever head coaching assignment. Instead, Daboll left a lasting impression with the fanbase. Daboll OK’d going for a two-point conversion after Chris Myarick caught a 1-yard go-ahead touchdown pass from Daniel Jones with 1 minute, 6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter at Nissan Stadium.
Jones would then convert a two-point conversion by finding a Saquon Barkley to put New York ahead of Tennessee, 21-20. The Titans didn’t go quietly. Tennessee moved the ball to the New York 29 on its next possession. However, Titans kicker Randy Bullock missed a 47-yard field goal as time expired to allow New York to escape with a win.
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