- Associated Press - Sunday, September 16, 2012

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.

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes, including a 49-yarder to Stevie Johnson, and Leodis McKelvin scored on an 88-yard punt return - the second longest in team history - in the Bills’ home opener. Buffalo’s high-priced defense had five sacks and forced three turnovers as the Bills bounced back from a dreadful season-opening 48-28 loss at the New York Jets last week.

Texans 27, Jaguars 7

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Arian Foster ran for 110 yards and a touchdown, Ben Tate added 74 yards and two scores and the Texans dominated from the opening kickoff in a 27-7 win at Jacksonville on Sunday.

The Texans improved to 2-0 for the third consecutive season by winning their fourth in a row against the AFC South rival Jaguars, who started 0-2 for the third time in the last five years.

Jacksonville, which has never had a winning record after dropping its first two games, was far from competitive in the latest meeting.

The Texans gained 242 yards in the first half while building a 17-0 lead. Foster ran for 69 yards and a score. Tate added 49 and a touchdown. Matt Schaub, using mostly short throws, picked apart Jacksonville’s defense.

The Jaguars were even worse on offense, finishing with a franchise-low 117 yards.

Seahawks 27, Cowboys 7

SEATTLE — Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks took control of the clock and the scoreboard in the second half, shutting down Tony Romo and defeating the Cowboys 27-7 on Sunday.

Lynch ran for 122 yards and a 3-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and Seattle’s special teams came up with two huge first-quarter plays.

Michael Robinson forced Felix Jones to fumble on the opening kickoff that led to a short field goal, and Malcolm Smith blocked Chris Jones’ punt which Jeron Johnson returned for a touchdown to give Seattle (1-1) a 10-0 lead in less than 5 minutes.

Rookie Russell Wilson threw for 151 yards in his first NFL victory.