Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 357 yards and two touchdowns as the Lions topped the Vikings 34-24 in the season opener at Ford Field yesterday. Reggie Bush had 101 receiving yards and a touchdown to go with a team-high 90 yards rushing. Minnesota’s Christian Ponder finished 18-of-28 for 236 yards and a TD, but threw three interceptions and had a fumble. Adrian Peterson had a 78-yard TD run on his first carry of the season, but ended with just 93 yards for Minnesota, which heads to Chicago next week. Jerome Simpson had seven catches for 140 yards in the setback.
Chicago’s Jay Cutler found Brandon Marshall for a 19-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter as the Bears rallied past the Bengals 24-21 in the season opener at Soldier Field. Matt Forte scored on a one-yard run late in the third to pull the Bears within four. Cutler finished 21-of-33 for 242 yards with two TDs and an interception for Chicago, which hosts Minnesota in Week Two. Marshall ended with eight catches for 104 yards, while Martellus Bennett added three grabs for 49 yards and a score. Charles Tillman had two interceptions for the Bears. Andy Dalton was 26-of-33 for 282 yards with two TD’s and the two picks for Cincinnati, which clashes with Pittsburgh in its home opener next Monday. A.J. Green racked up nine catches for 162 yards and two score in the setback. The 1-and-0 Bears host the 0-and-1 Vikings next week.
San Francisco’s Frank Gore scored the go-ahead touchdown with just under six minutes to go as the defending NFC champion 49er’s escaped with a 34-28 win over the Packers in the season opener for both teams at Candlestick Park. Colin Kaepernick finished 27-of-39 for 412 yards and three touchdowns for the Niners, who travel to Seattle in Week Two. Anquan Boldin racked up 13 catches for 208 yards and a TD in his San Francisco debut, while Vernon Davis added six grabs for 98 yards and two scores. Aaron Rodgers was 21-of-37 for 333 yards with three TD’s and one interception for Green Bay, which hosts Washington in its home opener next week. Jordy Nelson had seven catches for 130 yards and a score and Randall Cobb had seven grabs for 108 yards and a TD in the setback.