NFL: Kansas City Chiefs now 2-0, Philadelphia Eagles stunned by San Diego Chargers
Last Updated: 16/09/13 11:13am
The Kansas City Chiefs made it two wins from two with victory over the Dallas Cowboys and rookie EJ Manuel inspired the Buffalo Bills to a late, late triumph in week two of the NFL season.
The Chiefs matched their win total from last season with a 17-16 result against the Cowboys, giving new coach Andy Reid a successful home debut. Alex Smith threw for two touchdowns, one each to Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe, before holding their opponents at bay in the closing stages.
WEEK TWO RESULTS:
Falcons 31 Rams 24
Ravens 14 Browns 6
Bills 24 Panthers 23
Bears 31 Vikings 30
Packers 38 Redskins 20
Texans 30 Titans 24 (OT)
Colts 20 Dolphins 24
Chiefs 17 Cowboys 16
Eagles 30 Chargers 33
Cardinals 25 Lions 21
Giants 23 Broncos 41
Raiders 19 Jaguars 9
Buccaneers 14 Saints 16
Seahawks 29 49ers 3
Another new head coach didn't enjoy such a good result in his home opener as Chip Kelly's Philadelphia Eagles went down 33-30 to the San Diego Chargers at Lincoln Financial Field.
Philip Rivers threw for 419 yards and three touchdowns but it was kicker Nick Folk who was the hero for the Chargers, knocking over a 46-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining to edge his team ahead.
The Houston Texans remain perfect, though they needed a touchdown from Deandre Hopkins in overtime to defeat the Tennessee Titans 30-24. The Miami Dolphins are also 2-0, after seeing off the Indianapolis Colts 24-20.
Quarterback Manuel, meanwhile, hit Stevie Johnson for a two-yard touchdown pass, capping a nine-play 80-yard drive, with just two seconds left to lead the Buffalo Bills to a 24-23 win over the Carolina Panthers, who have now lost two close games so far.
Baltimore, the reigning Super Bowl champions, opened their account for the campaign with a hard-fought 14-6 result against AFC North rivals the Cleveland Browns.
The Ravens, who had been badly beaten by the Denver Broncos on opening night, actually trailed 6-0 at half time before recovering after the break. The only setback was the loss of starting tail-back Ray Rice with a hip injury.
The Green Bay Packers also bounced back from a week one defeat, and in spectacular fashion too, as Aaron Rodgers tore apart the Washington Redskins 38-20 at Lambeau Field.
The quarterback posted a career-high 480 yards passing while throwing for four touchdowns, two of which went to receiver Randall Cobb. They actually led 38-7 at the start of the fourth quarter before the visitors scored twice themselves to give the final scoreline a little more respectability.
The Atlanta Falcons held off a late rally from the St Louis Rams to win 31-24, Julio Jones hauling in 11 passes for 182 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown.
They were also helped by an interception being taken 68 yards to the end zone by Osi Umenyiora, helping them lead 24-3 at one stage. The Rams came charging back thanks to three touchdowns through the air, two of them for rookie receiver Tavon Austin, but their recovery bid fell short.
A 27-yard field goal from Garrett Hartley as time expired sealed a 16-14 victory for the New Orleans Saints over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Bucs had led 14-13 after Mason Foster's 85-yard interception return, however Rian Lindell's missed field goal attempt opened the door for the Saints.
A hat-trick of touchdowns from Marshawn Lynch helped the Seattle Seahawks to a dominant 29-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
Lynch scored on runs from 14 and two yards - rushing for 98 in total - while Russell Wilson connected with the 27-year-old running back with a seven-yard pass.
Four field goals from Sebastian Janikowski and a touchdown from Marcel Reece held the Oakland Raiders to a first victory of the season, as they saw off the Jacksonville Jaguars 19-9.
The Arizona Cardinals also registered their first win as they overcame the Detroit Lions 25-21 - with Rashard Mendenhall and Andre Ellington scoring touchdowns and Jay Feely slotting over four field goals.