NFL scores, schedule, live Week 1 updates: Saints erase fourth quarter big hole;  Carson Wentz delivers late

NFL scores, schedule, live Week 1 updates: Saints erase fourth quarter big hole; Carson Wentz delivers late

It’s Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season, and we’re bringing you all the action and the biggest storylines throughout the day. The Week 1 slate features fantastic matches and storylines, and we’re here to help you watch it unfold. Check back often to find out everything you need to know.

Program of week 1

Thursday

Bills 31, Rams 10 (takeout)

Sunday

Steelers 23, Bengals 20 (takeout)
Dolphins 20, Patriots 7 (Recap)
Eagles 38, Lions 35 (takeout)
Browns 26, Panthers 24 (Recap)
Ravens 24, Jets 9 (Recap)
28 Commanders, 22 Jaguars (Recap)
Saints 27, Falcons 26 (Recap)
Bears 19, 49ers 10 (Recap)
Colts 20 Texans 20 (Summary)
Packers at Vikings, 4:25 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
Chiefs at Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
Raiders at Chargers, 4:25 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
Giants at Titans, 4:25 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
Buccaneers at Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. ET (preview)

Monday

Broncos at Seahawks, 8:15 p.m. ET (Preview)

Herbert threads the needle

Justin Herbert’s MVP campaign is only going to continue to grow if he continues to play like he did in the first half of the season opener. He went 17 for 20 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns, the second of which was threaded between three defensemen in DeAndre Carter for the 23-yard score.

JJ DOMINATING the Packers

Justin Jefferson admitted that Davante Adams is currently the best WR in the NFL, but after this season it will be him. He got off to a great start, already eclipsing 158 receiving yards (!) and two touchdowns IN THE FIRST HALF against the Packers.

Backscore!

We’re giving full-backs all the love this season in our highlights article. The first shout goes to seventh-round rookie Zander Horvath, whose one-yard touchdown reception put the Chargers up 10-3.

Safety of leaders serving as kicker

Along with Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker being ejected from the field after sustaining an injury on a kickoff, that left kicking duties for safety Justin Reid, who also serves as a backup kicker. Reid has handled them fantastically so far, scoring an extra point after Kansas City’s second touchdown and then kicking off the ensuing kickoff from behind the end zone. It’s not that surprising considering Reid hit a 65-yard practice rush during training camp, but still very impressive. Butker returned, but Reid did his job for the Chiefs when his name was called.

The Steelers win it!

To finish. By far, the craziest game of Week 1 ended in a winner, as Chris Boswell’s 53-yard field goal went through the uprights as time expired. This came after Evan McPherson missed the game-winning extra point in regulation, and after McPherson and Boswell missed game-winning field goals in overtime. What a game the Steelers deserved to win after forcing five turnovers.

Two winning FGs!

Crazy endings across the NFL! In Atlanta, the Saints erased a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit — largely thanks to Michael Thomas — but it was Wil Lutz who was the hero with his 51-yard field goal with 19 seconds left.

Elsewhere, rookie kicker Cade York ruined Baker Mayfield’s revenge play by drilling a 58-yard field goal that sailed through the uprights with plenty of room to spare.

XP blocked!

It’s absolute chaos in Cincinnati. Somehow, the Bengals scored the tying touchdown in the final seconds despite five turnovers in the afternoon. All they needed was to hide the extra point. Simple, right? No. Minkah Fitzpatrick made another game-changing play by blocking the extra point and forcing the game into overtime tied at 20.

Wentz responds

Wentz had a rollercoaster of an afternoon. He split the Jaguars defense in the first half, but threw interceptions on back-to-back second-half passes, the second of which led to the Jaguars’ go-ahead score. Still, Wentz was able to overcome those mistakes and make a big play when Washington needed it. He sent a nice deep ball to Terry McLaurin in stride for a 49-yard touchdown.

No. 1 choose INT!

Many people disagreed with the Jaguars taking Travon Walker over Aidan Hutchinson with the No. 1 overall pick in the April draft, but the former Georgia player made a very impressive debut in the NFL. He stuffed the stat sheet with a sack, a tackle for loss, a pass breakup and, most importantly, an interception that set up a Jaguars touchdown.

Can not. Guardian. Mike.

Michael Thomas is starting to look like his old self. He was unstoppable in the fourth quarter, catching back-to-back touchdowns to bring the Saints within two in the final minutes. For the game, Thomas caught five passes for 57 yards.

The brothers catch the TDs minutes apart

Might be the coolest thing we’ve seen in Week 1. Within minutes of each other, brothers Amon-Ra and Equanimeous St. Brown each grabbed touchdowns for their respective teams. First it was Amon-Ra who found the four-yard end zone for the Lions, then Equanimeous St. Brown bettered his little brother with a 18-yard score to give the Bears the lead.

Garrett arrives at Baker (twice)

Not only does Baker Mayfield get the chance to play against his old team, but his former teammates are trying to thwart the former No. 1 overall pick and start the 2022 campaign with a win. Myles Garrett, himself a first-round pick, was a big part of the Browns’ success, as he sacked Mayfield in back-to-back third-quarter plays.

Bears have life!

The Bears accomplished virtually nothing offensively for the first two and a half quarters. Then a play, no matter how visually unattractive, got them back in the game. After dodging what would have been nearly a sack from 20 yards, Justin Fields rolled to his left but then knocked down his hips and thrown back to the left. Somehow, there was no one in the same zip code as Dante Pettis, who caught up to the 49ers 30-yard line and rumbled into the end zone.

Lamar is a cheat code

If you just looked play-by-play, you would only see an eight-yard run from Lamar Jackson resulted in a first down. In reality, it was so much more for one of the most electric players in the league.

Chips flicker!

The Texans gave us one of the best games in football: a well-executed flea flicker! Already holding a seven-point advantage going into the second half, Houston remained aggressive offensively. Davis Mills threw the ball to Rex Burkhead, who then returned it to Mills. This allowed Brandin Cooks to run free in midfield, and even though Mills underestimated him, Cooks still fired him for the big win. That play set up a field goal to give Houston a double-digit lead.

It turns out trading for AJ Brown was a very good move for the Eagles. The fourth-year wide receiver who started his NFL career with the Titans has six receptions for 128 yards… IN THE FIRST HALF. Check out his latest catch, which went 54 yards and set up a field goal for Philadelphia before the break.

Burrow with four turnovers in the first half…

As good as Burrow was in the Bengals’ run to the Super Bowl last season, he’s been so bad so far against the Steelers in Week 1. Burrow, who threw just 14 interceptions ago a year, threw three in the first half to go with a lost fumble. Somehow, Cincinnati was down just 11 points at intermission.

The Texans take the lead!

Matt Ryan made an unusual mistake throwing a screen pass directly to Jerry Hughes, and the Texans took full advantage by scoring their first touchdown of the season. Newly signed tight end OJ Howard was the beneficiary, firing a high pass from Davis Mills for the 16-yard score.

Carson’s kitchen!

The Jaguars ended Carson Wentz’s short run at Indianapolis last season by forcing two turnovers and limiting the offense to 11 points in a Week 18 win that kept the Colts out of the playoffs. Wentz, now the Commanders QB, gets his revenge in Week 1 of this season. Two drives, two touchdowns for Wentz, who started the game completing 11 of his first 16 passes. Washington with the 14-3 advantage early.

Taysom Hill does what he does best

Taysom Hill is listed as a tight end, but the Saints still use him as a rushing weapon under center. First, Hill ripped off a 57-yard run to bring the Saints into the red zone. Two snaps later, Hill took another straight snap, followed his blockers down the right side and crossed the goal line 11 yards out.

Burrow’s first pass = choice-six

Not the way Joe Burrow wanted to start his 2022 season. After being sacked on the first offensive snap, Burrow backed off and then delivered a pass intended for Tyler Boyd. Only he failed to account for Minkah Fitzpatrick, who became one of the highest-paid safeties this offseason, jumping past Boyd at the last second and taking the interception 31 yards from home. What a start if you’re a Steelers fan!

Swift snatches a big run

The Lions are expecting big things from D’Andre Swift this season, and he’s started his third NFL season with a bang. In the Lions’ second offensive play of the 2022 campaign, Swift took over at left tackle, made a cut, slipped away from a tackle and went on the runs for a 50-yard pickup. Swift’s big run served as the big play on Detroit’s season-opening touchdown.

Rules of the Revenge Week 1 Games

Kudos to NFL schedulers for kicking off the 2022 season with juicy storylines. Russell Wilson’s first game as the Bronco…in Seattle…Monday night?! Regardless of how bad the Seahawks are, it’s prime time viewing.

Elsewhere, we have new Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz trying to overcome his demons (the Jaguars defense), the Chargers taking on a Raiders team that knocked them out of the playoffs in Week 18, and the Steelers going upset the Bengals, who outscored them, 65-20, a year ago. Not to mention Baker Mayfield, now with Carolina, taking on the team that ditched him for Deshaun Watson. (The schedulers got lucky in the Browns-Panthers game…or did they?)

Add the Packers-Vikings, Patriots-Dolphins, Chiefs-Cardinals and Buccaneers-Cowboys, and it’s an exciting schedule to open the regular season. Let the games begin (finally).


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