09/17/15 by Matthew S. Vandriak
The first Sunday of the NFL season equates to Christmas morning for many football fans. And as is the standard for the start of a new season, there were some unexpected results. Lets take a look back at the first week of the 2015 NFL season.
Deflate Gate, DeSchmate Gate. The season started on Thursday with Tom Brady under center for the defending Super Bowl champions. And he didn't miss a beat, throwing for 288 yards and 4 touchdowns, 3 of those to Rob Gronkowski, as the Patriots defeated the Steelers 28 to 21. ... Let's not forget the much maligned Adrian Peterson returned for the Vikings quietly and his drama was short lived with a meager 30 yards rushing in a lopsided loss to the 49ers.
Shocker in St. Louis. The other team that played in the Super Bowl didn't get off to such a good start. Seattle was stunned by St. Louis 34 to 31 in overtime. The Rams sacked Seahawks QB Russell Wilson 6 times and won the game by stopping Seattle on 4th and 1 in OT.
What a comeback. The final game of Sunday was perhaps the most exciting, as Dallas defeated the New York Giants 27 to 26. Trailing 26 to 20 with 1:27 left in the game, Tony Romo took the Cowboys 72 yards, capping it off with an 11 yard TD pass to Jason Witten with :07 seconds left on the clock.
Rookie bowl. In the battle of rookie quarterbacks, Marcus Mariota got the duke against Jameis Winston, as Tennessee crushed Tampa Bay 42 to 14. Mariota became just the second QB in NFL history to throw for 4 touchdowns in his first game, joining Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton. Winston became the first quarterback since Brett Favre in 1991 to have his first career pass intercepted and returned for a touchdown.
Ouch!: Key injuries from Week One. Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs is done for the season after tearing his Achilles tendon.
Dallas WR Dez Bryant will miss 6 to 8 weeks with a broken foot. The Cowboys also lost DE Randy Gregory for 4 weeks likely due to a high ankle sprain.
Washington WR DeSean Jackson will be out 3 to 4 weeks with a hamstring injury.
Arizona RB Andre Ellington will miss 2 to 3 weeks with a PCL sprain.
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