Brett Maher hit a 50-yard field goal as time expired and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-17 on Sunday.
Cooper Rush did well as a replacement for Dak Prescott with 235 yards and a touchdown. On the other side of the ball, Joe Burrow had another tough game with just 199 yards and a touchdown. He dropped a ball, but it was recovered by Joe Mixon on the sequence to avoid the turnover.
Dak Prescott’s backup now has a 2-0 record when backing up for the latter. And the key points came on the last climb each time.
This is enough to extract some emotions from Rush, who is more often than not impassive.
“It’s exciting to see him so happy after a win,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said after the 20-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He’s so consistent. It’s good to see him fire up a bit. »
Burrow and the Bengals (0-2) rallied as they trailed 17-3 at halftime. Evan McPherson had two field goals on the way back from the locker room and Tee Higgins scored a touchdown and Tyler Boyd tied the game by catching the two-point convert.
The Dallas defense then closed the door as Cincinnati regained the ball with two minutes and 13 seconds left in the game. Back with the ball in his hands with 57 seconds left, Cooper Rush and his attack collected two first tries to give Maher the chance to play the heroes.
After reaching the Super Bowl final, the Bengals suffer a second loss in as many games.
The Cards complete a spectacular comeback
The Arizona Cardinals (1-1) rallied from a 20-point second-half deficit to win 29-23 over the Las Vegas Raiders (0-2).
The Raiders were in perfect control after half. Davante Adams and Darren Waller both scored touchdowns and kicker Daniel Carlson had both field goal attempts to build a nice 20-point lead.
Kyler Murray opened the machine in the second half. He first put his own on the board by spotting Greg Dotch for the major. Trailing by 16 points, Darrel Williams scored a touchdown on a one-yard run and Murray completed the two-point conversion on a spectacular run.
Cardinals 29 – Raiders 23
On the last play of the match, Murray again found the end zone with his legs to make it 23-21 Vegas. Murray joined AJ Green to pull off the two-point conversion again and force overtime.
The Raiders seemed on course to win this game, however. Hunter Renfrow was the victim of a fumble and the Cards did not ask for that much. Byron Murphy Jr. picked up the ball and gave the victory to his team with a 59-yard touchdown.
Murray finished the game with 277 passing yards. Derek Carr did well in the loss with 252 yards and two touchdowns.
The Rams got hot
Cooper Kupp scored two touchdowns and 108 yards as the Los Angeles Rams (1-1) beat the Atlanta Falcons (0-2) 31-27.
Sean McVay’s troops quickly took the lead in the first quarter. Allen Robinson II caught Matthew Stafford’s short one-yard pass for his first touchdown in a Rams uniform.
Darrell Henderson then added to the Rams lead in the second quarter with a 10-yard run. Kupp joined the party. The star receiver found the end zone twice to give his side a comfortable 28-3 lead.
Atlanta knows it well, a 28-3 lead is never certain in football. The Falcons came within 14 points on two touchdowns courtesy of Drake London and Olamide Zaccheaus.
The Falcons special teams then came to spice up this duel. Lorenzo Carter recovered a blocked punt and brought the ball into the end zone for the touchdown.
Jalen Ramsay, however, confirmed the victory for his team by intercepting Marcus Mariota in the end zone late in the fourth quarter, when the Falcons trailed by only six points.
Unconvincing, the Broncos avoid the worst
Russell Wilson overcame a slow start and a flurry of boos in his Denver debut on Sunday to lead the Broncos to a narrow 16-9 win over the Houston Texans.
The Broncos (1-1) were once again unruly being penalized 13 times for 100 yards. It’s the first time in four years they’ve had back-to-back games with more than 100 penalty yards.
But they were successful on defense, limiting Houston (0-1-1) to a trio of field goals from Ka’imi Fairbairn.
After completing just six of his first 20 passes, Wilson completed all four attempts in the streak that put the Broncos in charge, including a 35-yard pass to a wide-open Courtland Sutton and a 22-yard gain for the tight end Eric Saubert for the touchdown. Saubert’s middle finger was 13-9 early in the fourth quarter.
Wilson, who went 14 for 31 for 219 yards with a touchdown and an interception, went on to lead a streak to run out time that ended with Brandon McManus’ 50-yard field goal for a seven-point lead. with 3:41 remaining.
Davis Mills had the Texans in motion when Randy Gregory recorded his first sack for the Broncos just before the mandatory two-minute break to help block Houston’s comeback.
The Texans came in as a 10-point underdog but sweated the Broncos and their fearful crowd for an 0-2 start to the season. Rookie head coach Nathaniel Hackett had a number of problematic play calls a week after he was widely ridiculed for taking the ball out of Wilson’s hands and attempting a 64-yard field goal in the final minute of a 17-16 loss at Seattle.