- The Washington Times - Monday, September 14, 2009

VIKINGS 34, BROWNS 20: Brett Favre’s debut with Minnesota went well - both throwing the ball and handing off to Adrian Peterson.

The ageless quarterback threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to rookie Percy Harvin in his first game with the Vikings, and Peterson scored three touchdowns in a win over host Cleveland on Sunday.

Making his 270th consecutive start after a will-he-or-won’t-he flirtation that dominated NFL headlines this summer, the 39-year-old Favre showed he can still fire the football with authority.

SAINTS 45, LIONS 27: Drew Brees looked even better than last year, which was bad news for a Detroit team trying to win for the first time since 2007.

Brees tied a Saints record with six touchdown passes and threw for 358 yards as host New Orleans beat the Lions to extend Detroit’s losing streak to 18 games.

The Lions’ Matthew Stafford went 16-for-37 for 205 yards with three interceptions.

PACKERS 21, BEARS 15: Aaron Rodgers brought Green Bay back late in the fourth quarter, heaving a 50-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings with 1:11 remaining to give the Packers a victory over visiting Chicago.

FALCONS 19, DOLPHINS 7: For one week at least, Atlanta answered all those questions about its defense.

There were never any doubts about Tony Gonzalez.

Atlanta’s new tight end hauled in a touchdown pass and became the 21st player in NFL history with 11,000 yards receiving, helping the host Falcons beat mistake-prone Miami.

JETS 24, TEXANS 7: As good as Mark Sanchez was in his NFL debut, New York’s defense was better.

Sanchez threw for 272 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut, and the visiting Jets shut down Houston’s high-powered offense.

BRONCOS 12, BENGALS 7: In the time it takes to run the length of the field, Denver went from a crushing loss to an unbelievable win.

Brandon Stokley caught a tipped pass and outran Cincinnati’s shocked defenders for an 87-yard touchdown with 11 seconds left, giving the Broncos a victory over the host Bengals.

49ERS 20, CARDINALS 16: Shaun Hill and the rest of San Francisco’s offense had an awful second half, except for one magnificent possession.

Hill directed a 15-play, 80-yard drive for the winning touchdown on a 5-yard pass to Frank Gore, and the 49ers beat Arizona in Glendale, Ariz.

COLTS 14, JAGUARS 12: Indianapolis spent all offseason trying to fix the defense. Mission accomplished - maybe.

On a day Peyton Manning tied the franchise record for victories and Jim Caldwell won his NFL debut as a coach, the game came down to two fourth-quarter defensive stops. The Colts made both of them to preserve their victory over visiting Jacksonville.

SEAHAWKS 28, RAMS 0: Matt Hasselbeck, playing his first game since Thanksgiving, overcame two interceptions in his first three throws in Seattle’s home romp over St. Louis.

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