The Dallas Cowboys win the game against the Cincinnati Bengals with the last play. The San Francisco 49ers win against the Seattle Seahawks but lose their quarterback. ran summarises the 10 p.m. games.
Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys 17:20
The Dallas Cowboys celebrated their first win of the season and handed the Cincinnati Bengals their second loss. The Cowboys’ offence got off to a perfect start. Quarterback Cooper Rush (235 YDS, 1 TD), who replaced the injured Dak Prescott, completed the first offensive move with a touchdown pass to Noah Brown. On the Texans’ second drive, Tony Pollard got into the end zone.
A few seconds before the break, kicker Brett Maher added a 54-yard field goal to give the Cowboys a 17-3 lead at halftime. ran expert Björn Werner was thrilled: “What the Cowboys have shown so far on offence, defence and special teams was an A+ with a star.”
After the break, the Bengals’ offense was more effective, cutting the deficit to 9-17 with a field goal on each of their first two drives. While the Cowboys’ offense couldn’t find its game, Cincinnati scored its first touchdown. Quarterback Joe Burrow (199 YDS, 1 TD) first served Tee Higgins with a touchdown pass and followed it up with a two-point conversion to tie the game;
But the joy lasted only for a short time: With the last play of the game, Cowboys kicker Maher made a 54-yard field goal to secure the victory.
Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams 27:31
The Atlanta Falcons came up just short of a crazy comeback. Matthew Stafford (272 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT) celebrates his first win of the season with the Los Angeles Rams as a result.
The reigning Super Bowl champion seemed very motivated after the opening loss to the Buffalo Bills. Stafford threw a touchdown pass to Allen Robinson on the first drive. On the second offensive drive, Darrell Henderson got into the end zone.
Even the interception didn’t break the California game. Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota (196 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT) also threw an interception, so possession was back to the Rams. Stafford took advantage with another touchdown pass, this time to Cooper Kupp, making it 21-3 at halftime. Kupp caught another touchdown pass at the start of the third quarter to make it 28-3.
The game seemed to be already decided before the Falcons made a strong comeback, came back to 25:31 and got possession of the ball through a fumble three and a half minutes before the end of the game. Mariota was initially unable to take advantage of this opportunity as his deep pass towards the end zone was intercepted.
However, the Falcons’ defence managed to get a safety, so that the deficit was reduced to 27:31. Back in possession, however, Mariota lost the ball and with it the last chance to win the game.
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers 7:27
The 49ers experienced a victory with an aftertaste because quarterback Trey Lance suffered a serious injury. He is out for the season because of a broken ankle. Backup Jimmy Garoppolo then led San Francisco to victory with 154 passing yards, one touchdown pass and one rushing touchdown.
The 49ers consistently scored on their first three offensive drives. The first two times via field goal, then via touchdown pass from Garoppolo to Ross Dwelley. Another touchdown by Kyle Juszczyk followed shortly before half-time, so that it went into the break with a 20-0 lead.
The Seahawks’ only touchdown came from the special teams when a 49ers field goal was blocked and Mike Jackson carried the ball 85 yards into the end zone. They failed to produce any further points. Quarterback Geno Smith threw for 198 yards and an interception.
Houston Texans at Denver Broncos 9:16
Russell Wilson celebrates his first win as quarterback of the Denver Broncos. The superstar threw for 217 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His favourite receiving station was Courtland Sutton with 122 receiving yards.
In the first three quarters only the kickers provided points before Wilson threw the only touchdown pass of the game into the arms of Eric Saubert and thus initiated the victory. Texans quarterback Davis Mills recorded 177 passing yards.
Arizona Cardinals at Las Vegas Raiders 29-23 n.O.
The Las Vegas Raiders gave away an almost certain victory. They started with a long drive over 20 plays that ended with a touchdown pass from Derek Carr (251 YDS, 2 TD) to Davante Adams. Las Vegas dominated the first half of the game. Darren Waller caught another touchdown pass from Carr. They went into the break with a 20-0 lead;
In the third quarter, Kyler Murray (277 YDS, 1 TD, 1 Rushing TD, 1 INT) scored the Cardinals’ first points with a touchdown pass to Greg Dortch. This was followed by two touchdowns with a two-point conversion each, so that it went into overtime.
The Cardinals could not capitalise on their first possession. But their defence decided the game because Byron Murphy picked up a fumble and carried it into the end zone.