NFL ROUNDUP: Broncos too much for Giants
Peyton Manning is relieved.
Not just because his Denver Broncos are 2-0 and have been an offensive juggernaut. The fact that Manning Bowl III likely is the last one in the regular season has him — and younger brother Eli — breathing easier.
Peyton again beat Eli, throwing two touchdown passes in leading the Broncos past the New York Giants 41-23 on Sunday.
The older Manning is 3-0 in the NFL against his sibling, with the other two victories coming when Peyton was with the Colts. He got this win with a huge boost from Knowshon Moreno, who rushed for two touchdowns and 93 yards. Denver, which has won 13 straight regular-season games, rushed for just 109 yards altogether.
“It’s a strange situation, strange circumstances,” Peyton said. “It’s a good team win, but it’s a unique situation.
“I think both of us are glad that it’s over with.”
Peyton didn’t need to match his record-tying seven touchdown passes from the Broncos’ season-opening victory. Not with the Giants (0-2) being charitable again with four more turnovers after they had six in last’s week loss. They also allowed Trindon Holliday’s spectacular 81-yard punt return for a touchdown, the first such score in the league this season.
SEAHAWKS 29, 49ERS 3: Marshawn Lynch ran for two scores and added a 7-yard touchdown catch in the second half, and host Seattle flustered Colin Kaepernick into his worst passing game as a starter.
The highly anticipated NFC West showdown was sloppy as opposed to sensational, but Lynch more than did his part.
Lynch finished with 135 total yards, including 98 yards rushing, to make up for quarterback Russell Wilson hitting on just two of his first 10 throws with Seattle’s receivers struggling to get open. His scoring run on the first drive of the second half gave the Seahawks a 12-0 lead and his TD catch pushed the advantage to 19-3 early in the fourth quarter.
Kaepernick was 13 of 28 for 127 yards with three interceptions for the 49ers.
SAINTS 16, BUCCANEERS 14: In a game delayed by lightning (69 minutes), Garrett Hartley kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired.
The Buccaneers have lost both games on last-second kicks.
Linebacker Mason Foster scored on an 85-yard interception return for a 14-13 lead. But after Rian Lindell missed a 46-yard field goal, Drew Brees led the Saints back with completions of 15 yards to Jimmy Graham, 8 yards to Darren Sproles and 31 yards to Marques Colston.
Brees also was sacked four times and intercepted twice.
PACKERS 38, REDSKINS 20: Aaron Rodgers threw for a career-high 480 yards and four touchdowns. James Jones had a career-high 11 catches for 178 yards. James Starks ran for 132 yards and a touchdown after rookie starter Eddie Lacy left with a concussion.
Green Bay (1-1) built a 24-0 lead by halftime and never looked back.
Robert Griffin III threw for 320 yards and three second-half touchdowns. Pierre Garcon finished with 143 yards receiving and a touchdown for Washington (0-2).
BEARS 31, VIKINGS 30: The Bears went 2-for-2 in home-field rallies for victories. Jay Cutler threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett with 10 seconds left.
Minnesota’s Blair Walsh kicked a 22-yard field goal with 3:15 remaining, after Chicago took over at its 34. Cutler, who led the Bears back from an 11-point deficit in a season-opening win over Cincinnati, struck again.
Chicago moved to 2-0 under new coach Marc Trestman despite committing four turnovers. Minnesota (0-2) got 100 yards rushing from Adrian Peterson.
CHARGERS 33, EAGLES 30: The Chargers (1-1) had just as potent an offense as the Eagles’ quick-hitting attack. The teams combined for 1,150 total yards, 539 for San Diego.
San Diego’s unstoppable combination was Philip Rivers to Eddie Royal (three touchdowns). Nick Novak kicked a 46-yard field goal with 7 seconds left, his fourth successful kick of the game, spoiling Chip Kelly’s home debut.
The Chargers punted only once, but fumbled twice inside Philadelphia’s 10 in the first half.
Michael Vick threw for a career-best 428 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for a score for Philadelphia (1-1).
TEXANS 30, TITANS 24, OT: With star receiver Andre Johnson shaken up, rookie DeAndre Hopkins was the star, catching a 3-yard touchdown pass from Matt Schaub in overtime.
Hopkins reached above Jason McCourty and pulled in the pass for the Texans (2-0), who needed a franchise-record 21-point comeback to win their opener at San Diego.
On Sunday, they charged back from an eight-point, fourth-quarter deficit against the Titans (1-1). Arian Foster’s 1-yard touchdown and 2-point conversion tied it at 24.
“We survived today because of some great heroics and plays by him,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said of Hopkins.
CHIEFS 17, COWBOYS 16: Andy Reid won his home coaching debut as the Chiefs moved to 2-0. They won two games all of last season.
Jamaal Charles ran for 55 yards and caught a touchdown pass, and Dwayne Bowe also caught one from Alex Smith.
The Cowboys (1-1) got three Dan Bailey field goals and Dez Bryant’s 2-yard TD reception.
BILLS 24, PANTHERS 23: Rookie EJ Manuel hit a wide-open Stevie Johnson for a 2-yard touchdown pass with 2 seconds left to cap a nine-play, 80-yard drive in which the first-round draft pick completed 6 of 8 attempts for 51 yards. Manuel also got help when linebacker Luke Kuechly was penalized for pass interference with 14 seconds left.
The Panthers (0-2) lost yet another close game.
DOLPHINS 24, COLTS 20: Ryan Tannehill threw for 319 yards and one touchdown as Miami (2-0) handed the Colts (1-1) their first home loss in 12 months.
Charles Clay gave Miami the lead for good with a 1-yard TD run late in the third quarter. But Andrew Luck had the Colts positioned to rally yet again after reaching the Miami 23 with 1:45 left in the game.
Luck then threw three straight incompletions and could not evade the pass rush on fourth down.
FALCONS 31, RAMS 24: Julio Jones hauled in 11 passes for 182 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown.
Matt Ryan threw for 374 yards and two scores and Jason Snelling clinched it for the Falcons (1-1) with an 11-yard touchdown run, Atlanta’s longest play of the day on the ground.
The Rams (1-1) fell behind 21-0 when Osi Umenyiora returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter.
CARDINALS 25, LIONS 21: Bruce Arians got his first victory as Arizona’s coach, thanks in great part to a pass interference penalty against Bill Bentley. That set up Rashard Mendenhall’s 1-yard touchdown run.
Matthew Stafford connected with Calvin Johnson on touchdown plays of 72 and 3 yards.
Arizona star WR Larry Fitzgerald played despite a sore hamstring but was unable to finish. Detroit RB Reggie Bush injured his left knee in the first half and played only briefly in the second.
RAVENS 14, BROWNS 6: The defending champion Ravens (1-1) sacked Brandon Weeden five times before finally knocking him out of the game in the fourth quarter with a thumb injury. Cleveland (0-2) failed to score in the second half and managed only 85 yards over the final 30 minutes.
The Ravens took the lead on a 5-yard run by Bernard Pierce, and also scored on a 5-yard pass from Joe Flacco to rookie Marlon Brown. Running back Ray Rice left early in the fourth quarter with an apparent hip injury.
RAIDERS 19, JAGUARS 9: Darren McFadden ran for 129 yards and Oakland’s defense held Jacksonville (0-2) out of the end zone until the closing minutes.
Terrelle Pryor ran for 50 yards and threw for 126 in his first home start for the Raiders (1-1), and Marcel Reece scored on an 11-yard run. Sebastian Janikowski added four field goals.
PHOTO: Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning gestures during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday