Jets' rookie QB shines
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Mark Sanchez lived up to the hype in his first game since being selected the New York Jets' starting quarterback. Sanchez completed a spectacular 31-yard touchdown pass play to Chansi Stuckey and put 20 points on the board in 2 1/2 quarters as the Jets took the annual New York bragging rights game with a 27-25 decision against the Giants on Saturday night, giving new coach Rex Ryan his first win. Thomas Jones scored on a 1-yard run, Jay Feely kicked two field goals and Erik Ainge threw a late 70-yard scoring pass to Aundrae Allison for the Jets. Eli Manning threw an 8-yard TD pass to Brandon Jacobs for the Giants.49ERS 20, COWBOYS 13: Dallas rode Felix Jones and Marion Barber for most of a 94-yard touchdown drive, the highlight series during the first-half battle between the first-team unit. The 49ers won the battle of the backups in the second half and wound up winning the game on a 9-yard touchdown run by Kory Sheets with 33 seconds left. LIONS 18, COLTS 17: Daunte Culpepper threw for a touchdown and Matthew Stafford passed for 160 yards to help the Lions beat Indianapolis. Culpepper started and completed seven of 12 passes for 67 yards. Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, was 13-of-19 but also threw an interception. BROWNS 23, TITANS 17: Brady Quinn threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards and outplayed Derek Anderson in perhaps their final auditions for Coach Eric Mangini to be Cleveland's starting quarterback as the Browns beat Tennessee. STEELERS 17, BILLS 0: Ben Roethlisberger played a nearly flawless first half in his first game since injuring his right foot, James Farrior had a 22-yard interception for a touchdown and Buffalo's starting offense struggled again as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Bills. Roethlisberger led two scoring drives while going 15 of 19 for 168 yards and 103.5 passer rating. SEAHAWKS 14, CHIEFS 10: Matt Hasselbeck threw for 216 yards and two touchdowns with newly signed Edgerrin James watching on the sideline, leading Seattle past Kansas City. RAVENS 17, PANTHERS 13: Joe Flacco threw for 247 yards and a touchdown and the Ravens' defense shut down Carolina's first unit as Baltimore beat the Panthers. The Panthers, playing without their top two running backs and three starters on defense, were overwhelmed early by Flacco, who completed 23 of 28 passes. SAINTS 45, RAIDERS 7: Drew Brees completed 14 of 17 passes for 179 yards and drove the Saints to touchdowns on all three drives he played, leading New Orleans past Oakland. Brees completed his first eight passes. Lance Moore had four catches for 29 yards, including a 5-yarder in the back of the end zone.
The Daystarter: Brace for some cooler weather; new strategies getting to Performing Arts Center on time; candlelight vigil in Seminole Heights; Bucs let one slip away