FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Kevin Kolb took advantage of mistakes the Patriots made. Stephen Gostkowski failed when the Cardinals gave him one last chance.
Kolb threw for one touchdown and ran for another, Gostkowski missed a potential winning field goal in the final seconds, and Arizona upset New England 20-18 on Sunday.
The Patriots took over when Vince Wilfork recovered a fumble by Ryan Williams at the Arizona 30-yard line with 1:01 left. A 30-yard run into the end zone by Danny Woodhead was nullified by a holding penalty against Rob Gronkowski. New England then moved to the 24 before Tom Brady spiked the ball to stop the clock with 6 seconds remaining.
But Gostkowski, who had made his other four field-goal attempts, sent a 42-yard try wide to the left.
The Cardinals won behind Kolb, who filled in for an injured John Skelton. He overcame a shaky start, then threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Andre Roberts 6 minutes into the third quarter after a blocked punt. Kolb also ran for a 5-yard score on the third play of the fourth as the Cardinals took a 20-9 lead.
Panthers 35, Saints 27
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton threw for 253 yards and ran for a career-high 71 yards as Carolina defeated New Orleans 35-27 on Sunday to hand the Saints their first 0-2 start since 2007.
One week after tying a franchise low with 10 yards rushing in a 16-10 loss to Tampa Bay, the Panthers rediscovered their running game against a porous Saints defense. The Panthers ran for 219 yards and Newton, DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert all scored on short touchdown runs.
Steve Smith overcame a sore knee to finish with 104 yards receiving - the 39th 100-yard receiving game of his career - and Jonathan Stewart hauled in a 17-yard touchdown reception for the Panthers.
Dolphins 35, Raiders 13
MIAMI — Reggie Bush ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns Sunday, and the Dolphins won a home opener for the first time since 2005 by beating the Raiders 35-13.
Ryan Tannehill threw his first NFL touchdown pass, ran for another and avoided any turnovers after tossing three interceptions in his pro debut a week earlier.
Joe Philbin earned a sideline drenching for his first victory as a head coach, while the Raiders, led by new coach Dennis Allen, are 0-2 for the first time since 2007.
Bills 35, Chiefs 17
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — C.J. Spiller scored twice and had 123 yards rushing to spark the Bills’ 35-17 rout over the Chiefs on Sunday.