By Jahone Green and Daniel Greene, Juniors
Football is back!!!!!! The highly anticipated opening week of the 2016 NFL season kicked off with an intense Super Bowl rematch of the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos on Thursday, September 8th. The Carolina Panthers attempted to redeem themselves from a 24-10 defeat during the Super Bowl 50 in February. However, just one thing prevented the Panthers from achieving their longing revenge: the Broncos brick-wall defense. With repeated blows to the reigning MVP, Panther’s Quarterback Cam Newton, the Broncos left the Carolina offense rattled and dismantled. On the other hand, Carolina’s top-notch defense held their ground and forced three turnovers to keep them within fighting distance. The Panthers got off to a fast start leading 17-7 going into the fourth quarter; however, after two consecutive touchdowns, the Broncos took a 21-17 lead with about nine minutes left in the game. After a field goal by Panthers Kicker Graham Gano, the Broncos lead was cut down to one, and the Panthers defense stood strong to force a punt by the Broncos with 3:06 minutes remaining. Cam Newton emphatically led his team down the field and set the Panthers up for a potential game-winning field goal. The Panthers were going to win, right? Wrong! The kick was wide left and the Broncos players stormed the field after a thrilling 21-20 win to open the 2016-2017 NFL season. What a way to “kick off” the season!
The fun wasn’t over yet for the millions of enthusiastic football fans all over the world. Sunday, September 11th featured thirteen action-packed games from one in the afternoon all the way until eleven at night. The first week of football concluded with two games on Monday night. Many questions were raised throughout the day concerning these events, including how the Dolphins would fair against a Super-Bowl favorite Seahawks and how the New England Patriots would be able to manage without suspended quarterback (QB) Tom Brady.
Miami Dolphins-10 Seattle Seahawks-12
The Dolphins played very competitively against the heavily favored Seattle Seahawks. To the surprise of many viewers, the Dolphins led late in the game after a touchdown run by QB Ryan Tannehill. Unfortunately for them, they gave up a two-yard touchdown pass to Wide Receiver Doug Baldwin with under a minute left that gave Seattle the lead, which they did relinquish.
New England Patriots- 23 Arizona Cardinals- 21
The New England Patriots, led by backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, faced off against the Arizona Cardinals led by all-pro quarterback Carson Palmer. The Cardinals fell short after their kicker, Chandler Catanzaro, missed a potentially game-winning forty-seven yard field goal.
Other Notable Scores:
Green Bay Packers- 27 vs Jacksonville Jaguars-23
Pittsburgh Steelers- 38 vs Washington Redskins-16
Baltimore Ravens- 13 vs Buffalo Bills- 7
New York Giants- 20 vs Dallas Cowboys- 19
Houston Texans- 23 vs Chicago Bears- 14
Detroit Lions- 39 vs Indianapolis Colts- 35
Oakland Raiders- 35 vs New Orleans Saints- 34
Minnesota Vikings- 25 vs Tennessee Titans-16
Philadelphia Eagles- 29 vs Cleveland Browns- 10
San Francisco- 28 vs Los Angeles Rams- 0
Cincinnati Bengals- 23 vs New York Jets-22
Tampa Bay Buccaneers- 31 vs Atlanta Falcons- 24
Kansas City Chiefs- 33 vs (OT) San Diego Chargers- 27