Chargers top Super Bowl champs…Manning throws 3 TD passes
(AP) — The San Diego Chargers have bounced back from their season-opening loss at Arizona by beating the defending Super Bowl champs.
Philip Rivers completed 28 of 37 passes for 284 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions as the Chargers outscored the Seahawks 30-21. Rivers hit Antonio Gates for a pair of eight-yard touchdowns while the Chargers were scoring 17 straight points in the second quarter to take a 20-7 lead. Gates finished with three scoring grabs.
Russell Wilson had two touchdown passes for the Seahawks, who took their only lead on Percy Harvin’s 51-yard run late in the opening period. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch had just six carries for 36 yards.
Both teams are 1-1.
In other NFL finals:
— Peyton Manning added three more touchdown passes to his career total, hitting Julius Thomas, Jacob Tamme and Demaryius Thomas for scores in Denver’s 24-17 win over division rival Kansas City. The Chiefs led 10-7 until Manning threw two scoring strikes during a 6:10 span late in the third quarter.
— The Jets built a 21-3 lead before Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns in the Packers’ 31-24 win over New York. The game was tied at 24 until Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson for an 80-yard touchdown with 2:08 left in the third quarter. Rodgers completed 25 of his 42 passes for 346 yards and no interceptions. Jets quarterback Geno Smith threw for two interceptions after running for a touchdown and throwing for another to give the Jets a 14-0 lead just over 6 ½ minutes into the game.
— The Vikings missed star running back Adrian Peterson in their 30-7 loss to New England. Matt Asiata could only muster 36 rushing yards in place of Peterson, who was inactive after being indicted on child abuse charges Friday. Minnesota wasn’t helped by four interception of Matt Cassell. Stephen Ridley led the Patriots with 101 rushing yards and Chandler Jones blocked a field goal and returned it for a score just before halftime.
— Kirk Cousins completed 22 of 33 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns in Washington’s 41-10 romp over Jacksonville. Cousins came in after starter Robert Griffin III dislocated his left ankle in the first quarter. The Redskins also finished the game without DeSean Jackson due to a sprained shoulder, but Cousins still completed his first 12 passes and helped Washington mount a resounding 449 to 148 yardage advantage.
— Running back Giovanni Bernard rushed for 90 yards and turned some short passes into big plays to help Cincinnati top Atlanta 24-10. Bernard helped make up for the loss of Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green early in the game to a toe injury. The Bengals defense limited Matt Ryan to 22 of 44 passing for 231 yards and three interceptions.
— Cam Newton threw for 281 yards and a touchdown in his season debut to lead the Panthers past Detroit 24-7. The Carolina quarterback missed the season opener with a rib injury. The Panthers defense had three takeaways and four sacks to help get off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2008.
— Cleveland has its first win over coach Mike Pettine after Billy Cundiff kicked a 29-yard field goal with three seconds left to give the Browns a 26-24 win over New Orleans. Quarterback Brian Hoyer drove the Browns 85 yards in 14 plays in the final 2:46 to set up Cundiff’s game-winner. The 0-2 Saints rallied from a 13-point deficit to take the lead on Mark Ingram’s 1-yard TD run with 12:12 left.
— The Bills are 2-0 for the first time in three years after C.J. Spiller returned a kick-off 102 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to sparking Buffalo to a 29-10 win over Miami. Rookie receiver Sammy Watkins caught 8 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown for Buffalo. Miami fell to 1-1 and lost running back Knowshown Moreno to an elbow injury on his first carry of the game.
— Drew Stanton led Arizona on three long scoring drives in his first regular-season play since 2010, leading a 25-14 win over the Giants. Stanton was subbing for injured starting quarterback Carson Palmer and guided the Cardinals to their ninth win in 11 games. Ted Ginn, Jr. returned a punt 71 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter to help the Cardinals improve to 2-0.
– J.J. Watt grabbed a one-yard touchdown pass on Houston’s opening drive before the Texans completed a 30-14 rout of the Raiders in Oakland. Arian Foster ran for 138 yards and a TD to help the Texans race out to a 27-0 lead. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for a pair of TD’s while going 14 of 19 for 139 yards.
— DeMarco Murray rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown to pace Dallas to a 26-10 win over Tennessee. Dan Bailey kicked four field goals to help the Cowboys avoiding their first 0-2 start since 2010.
— St. Louis pulled out a 19-17 win over Tampa Bay on Greg Zuerlein’s 38-yard field goal with 38 seconds left. The winning kick came less than five minutes after Patrick Murray drilled a 36-yard field goal to put the Buccaneers ahead 17-16, giving fans hope for a first victory for Bucs coach Lovie Smith. Zac Stacy ran for a two-yard TD, Zuerlein finished with four field goals and Austin Davis was 22 of 29 for 235 yards and no interceptions.