Upsets, Controversy Start NFL Season
The first Sunday of the 2010 NFL season included two controversial last-second finishes, a record-setting rushing performance, and some upsets. It came to an end with a thriller last night, when the Dallas Cowboys had a holding call on tackle Alex Barron wipe out a game-winning touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Roy Williams as time expired, and the Washington Redskins held on for a 13-7 victory. That wasn’t the most controversial finish of the day, though. In Chicago, the Bears beat the Lions 19-14, after Lions’ receiver Calvin Johnson’s apparent game-winning touchdown catch in the closing seconds was overruled because of a rule that said he didn’t completely control the football after hitting the ground. Elsewhere around the league, the Houston Texans got a franchise-record 231 rushing yards from Arian Foster to upset Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, 34-24. The New York Giants opened their new home stadium in the Meadowlands with a 31-18 win over Carolina. The Pete Carroll era got off to a successful start in Seattle as the Seahawks demolished the 49ers 31-6. In Philly, Michael Vick came off the bench for an injured Kevin Kolb and rallied the Eagles from a 20-3 deficit, but Green Bay held on for a 27-20 victory.
Other finals: Jacksonville over Denver 24-17, Tennessee over Oakland 38-13, Pittsburgh over Atlanta in overtime 15-9, Miami over Buffalo 15-10, New England over Cincinnati 38-24, Tampa Bay over Cleveland 17-14, and Arizona over St. Louis 17-13.