The first NFL Sunday of the year is always special. It signals the return of big crowds, crazy fans, cheerleaders, big hits, amazing plays and nail-biting games. This Sunday was exactly what American football fans had been waiting for.
Thursday night was where the season kicked off, however, with the Denver Broncos laying their Super Bowl ambitions out for everyone to see, beating the reigning champions Baltimore 49-27.
That man, Peyton Manning, once again proved exactly why some class him as the greatest QB to have played the game, tieing the record for most TDs in a game with seven.
Fast forward to Sunday night, 6pm UK time. Also known as ‘game time’. Of the 13 games played on Sunday, all but three were decided by a touchdown score or less.
There was no better place to be than New York for excitement. The Jets went 17-15 down to the Tampa Bay Bucaneers with less than a minute remaining. Up stepped QB Geno Smith in his first NFL start.
Quick and agile, Smith scrambled ten yards and headed out of bounds, only to be hit late by Lavonte David, incurring a 15-yard penalty. The stage was set for Nick Folk, who saw the ball swerve left and right, eventually splitting the upright to hand the Jets victory by a point with two seconds remaining.
Elsewhere, the New England Patriots were forced to kick a late field goal to beat Buffalo and there were fourth quarter comeback victories for Chicago, Indianapolis, Seattle, St Louis and San Francisco.
Reggie Bush began the new season in a new city, bursting through to score a vital 77-yard reception for Detroit as they overcame the Minnesota Vikings 34-24.
In the late game, the Cowboys and Tony Romo sunk the Giants and Eli Manning, despite three TDs for Victor Cruz and a tantrum from Dez Bryant.
The top performer from Sunday was in fact on the losing side, as Adrian Peterson continued to show his immense quality by scoring two running TDs and one receiving TD – all but six (three 1pt conversions and a FG) of the Vikings’ points.
Monday Night Football begins with a double header: First the Phialdelphia Eagles travel to Washington and then Houston take on the San Diego Chargers.
Boy, it's nice to have you back, NFL.
Denver beat Baltimore 49-27
New England beat Buffalo 23-21
Chicago beat Cincinnati 24-21
Miami beat Cleveland 23-10
Detroit beat Minnesota 34-24
Indianapolis beat Oakland 21-17
New Orleans beat Atlanta 23-17
New York Jets beat Tampa Bay 18-17
Tennessee beat Pittsburgh 16-9
Seattle beat Carolina 12-7
Kansas City beat Jacksonville 28-2
St Louis beat Arizona 27-24
San Francisco beat Green Bay 34-28
Dallas beat New York Giants 36-31