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NFL Week 2 highlights and lowlights

Atlanta Falcons over Philadelphia Eagles 35-31: Falcons QB Matt Ryan led the Falcons to the game’s two final scores in the fourth quarter for the comeback win. The final score by Michael Turner came after Turner sprinted for a 61-yard run early in the drive. Former Falcons’ QB Michael Vick returned to the Dome where it all began and was outplaying Ryan throughout the game on the stat sheet. But after two untimely fumbles, Vick left the game late in the third quarter with a concussion. Turner finished with 21 carries for 114 yards and one TD while Matt Ryan finished with four touchdown passes.

Dallas Cowboys over San Francisco 49ers 27-24: San Fran QB Alex Smith looks like he’s having fun on the field under the tutelage of his head coach, Jim Harbaugh. Smith threw for 179 yards on 16-of-29 passing and added two TD tosses and one INT. Cowboys RB Felix Jones was on and off the field with an injury and rushed for 25 yards on nine carries while QB Tony Romo left the game early in the third quarter with a broken rib. After back-up Jon Kitna threw two picks, the second one leading to a Niners’ TD, Romo came back in to lead his team to a late 4th quarter drive to send the game to OT. Romo stayed in the game in overtime and connected on a 77-yard pass to rookie Jesse Holley that led to a game-winning FG.

New England Patriots over San Diego Chargers 35-21: Patriots QB Tom Brady picked up where he left off in Week 1and finished 31-of-40 passing for 423 yards and three TD’s. WR Chad Ochocinco joined the party this week with two catches in the first half for 45 yards while tight ends Rob Gronkowski (two TDs) and Aaron Hernandez (1 TD) found the end zone. The Chargers turned the ball over four times and you can’t beat the Patriots like that.

Houston Texans over Miami Dolphins 23-13: Miami kicker Dan Carpenter missed one FG and had another blocked; it was that kind of day for the Dolphins. Houston ran Ben Tate 23 times for 103 yards, while Arian Foster carried the ball only 10 times for 33 yards. Texans QB Matt Schaub threw his second of two TD passes to favorite target Andre Johnson early in the fourth quarter and that ended the scoring for both teams. Dolphins’ QB Chad Henne finished with 12-of-30 passing for 170 yards, one TD and one INT.

Denver Broncos over Cincinnati Bengals 24-22: No Knowshon Moreno, no problem for the injury-riddled Denver Broncos. RB Willis McGahee picked up 101 yards and scored one touchdown in a game where yet another Broncos starter went down. Tim Tebow was inserted on a couple of plays as the third receiver; the crowd acknowledged it with an ovation. Kyle Orton held his own with two touchdown passes. Bengals rookie QB Andy Dalton was 27-of-41 for 332 yards and two TDs.

Buffalo Bills over Oakland Raiders 38- 35: Both teams are for real and the Raiders cleaned up some of their sloppy play from their Week 1 win over Denver. Game was close with both teams exchanging leads until Bills’ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick’s TD throw with 14 seconds left was the difference. Raiders RBs Darren McFadden and Michael Bush ran for one TD each, with McFadden adding a second score on a from Jason Campbell.

Detroit Lions over the K.C. Chiefs 48-3: Lions D has two sacks and five turnovers squashing the Chiefs offense. QB Matt Stafford threw for four touchdowns on 23-of-39 passing for 294 yds. Lions mascot “Roary” inadvertently got in on the act, knocking Chiefs RB Jamal Charles out of the game after a collision on the sidelines.

N.Y. Jets over Jacksonville Jags 32-3: The Jets put a lot of points on the board despite QB Mark Sanchez throwing two picks to go along with his two TD passes. The Jets defense pinned Jags’ QB Luke McCown for a safety and kicker Nick Folks added three FGS. Rookie QB Blaine Gabbert replaced McCown in the second half.

Tampa Bay Bucs over Minnesota Vikings 24-20: A late score for Tampa Bay was the difference in the team’s road victory over Minnesota. Bucs RB LaGarrette Blount’s second TD of the day sealed the comeback win and helped squash a 17-point Minnesota lead. Adrian Peterson scored the only touchdown for the Vikes and ended with 125 yards. Donovan McNabb had another unimpressive day, throwing for under 200 yards on 17-of-29 passing and is now 0-2 as a starter in Minnesota.

Tennessee Titans over Baltimore Ravens 26-13: The Titans defense shut down Joe Flacco, forcing a couple of INT’s and holding the Ravens offense to one touchdown. On the offensive side of the ball, Tennessee found its rhythm in Nashville with veteran QB Matt Hasselback passing for more than 300 yards and one TD.

Washington Redskins over AZ Cardinals 22-21: Sexy Rexy was not as sexy this week but still got the job done for the 2-0 Redskins. The Cardinals D picked Grossman off twice and he responded with two TD throws. The Cards’ Larry Fitzgerald scored on a 73-yard pass from QB Kevin Kolb but it was Grossman who led his team on a 4th Quarter game-winning drive that led to the winning FG.

Green Bay Packers over Carolina Panthers 30-23: Cam Newton’s Week 2 performance was again impressive. Although the rookie No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft threw three picks and only one TD, he connected on 28-of-46 passes for 432 yards. The Panthers took an early 13-7 but Green Bay responded with four unanswered drives for the win. Aaron Rodgers threw for 303 yards and two TD’s.

Cleveland Browns over Indy Colts 27-19: Colts QB Collins threw for the only touchdown his team could produce with only 24 seconds left in the game but it wasn’t enough as the Colts are proving how bad they miss their MVP Peyton Manning. With veteran PK Adam Vinatieri supplying most of the scoring, Browns RB Peyton Hillis scored twice on 94 yards rushing in the win.

New Orleans Saints over the Chicago Bears 30-13: On an emotional day when Bears LB Brian Uhrlacher returned to play only one day after his mother’s funeral, the Saints found their offensive groove. Saints QB Drew Brees connected on three TD passes to three different receivers. Bears QB Jay Cutler spent a lot of time on his back (6 sacks) and had a tough day with kicker Robbie Gould accounting for almost half of the Bears points.

Pittsburgh Steelers over Seattle Seahawks 24-0: The Steel Curtain was back as Pittsburgh did an about face from its embarrassing beatdown at the hands of the Ravens last week. The Steelers defense limited the Seahawks to under 50 yards on the ground and 159 through the air. Big Ben had a solid performance with one touchdown on 22-of-30 passing. After squeezing into the playoffs last season, the Seahawks fell to 0-2.

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles.

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