NFL-Highlights of Sunday's NFL games

Sept 13 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's National Football League games: - - Rams 34, Seahawks 31 (OT) A stunning gamble by the Seattle Seahawks to start overtime failed and led to a St. Louis Rams win on the opening Sunday of the NFL season. Placekicker Greg Zuerlein's 37-yard field goal with 12:06 on the clock gave St. Louis a 34-31 verdict over the two-time NFC champions at the Edward Jones Dome. The kick came six plays after Seattle tried an onside kick that was recovered by rookie Bradley Marquez at the Seahawks' 49. Jeff Triplette's officiating crew initially nullified the recovery, saying that Marquez gave an invalid fair catch signal, but the ball never hit the ground and Triplette reversed his original call. - - Jets 31, Browns 10 Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdowns and Chris Ivory rushed for two more scores as the New York Jets beat Cleveland in an injury-marred season opener for both teams. The Browns lost linebacker Scott Solomon (ankle) on their first defensive series and quarterback Josh McCown (concussion) on their first offensive series. The Jets lost cornerback Antonio Cromartie to a non-contact left knee injury in the second quarter. In the fourth quarter, rookie linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin was strapped on to a cart and driven off the field with head and neck injuries after he was fallen on during a scramble for a loose ball. - - Bills 27, Colts 14 Coach Rex Ryan and quarterback Tyrod Taylor won their debut games in Buffalo, defeating Indianapolis in the rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Taylor, the former Baltimore Ravens backup, was 14 of 19 passing for 195 yards and a touchdown in his first career start. He also rushed for 41 yards. - - Packers 31, Bears 23 Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes, two to the recently re-signed receiver James Jones, and brought Green Bay from behind to beat Chicago. The Bears, blown out twice by the Packers a year ago and rebuilding a defense that ranked 30th in the NFL the last two years, knew the key to the game would be limiting Green Bay's possessions by controlling the ball on offense, and they did an outstanding job of that. Rodgers completed 18 of 23 passes for 189 yards, but Chicago had the edge in ball control -- both time of possession and offensive plays. - - Dolphins 17, Redskins 10 Jarvis Landry's 69-yard punt return propelled Miami over Washington. The Redskins responded by driving to the Miami 29, but Dolphins cornerback Brice McCain intercepted a Kirk Cousins pass intended for wide receiver Pierre Garcon at the 2-yard line. The Redskins' final series came up short at the Miami 20 with 2:17 left. - - Chiefs 27, Texans 20 Alex Smith passed for 243 yards and three touchdowns as Kansas City took advantage of two critical turnovers in its victory over Houston. The Chiefs converted two turnovers inside the Houston 15-yard line into touchdowns, including an interception by rookie cornerback Marcus Peters on the Texans' first offensive snap. With 5:01 remaining in the first half, Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston forced a fumble with his sack of Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer that defensive end Allen Bailey recovered. Kansas City scored on the next snap for a 27-6 lead. - - Panthers 20, Jaguars 9 Carolina used a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown by Josh Norman midway in the third quarter and added a fourth-quarter field goal to pull away from Jacksonville. The Panthers put together an eight-minute drive in the fourth quarter to keep the ball away from the Jaguars. The Panthers took over on their own 7 and took 15 plays to go 64 yards before the drive stalled. Graham Gano came in to kick a 47-yard field goal at that point to hike Carolina's lead to 20-9 with 2:41 remaining. (Editing by Frank Pingue)