Hartley Hits Game-Winner
Sixth-year kicker Garrett Hartley was instrumental in New Orleans’ 16-14 win over Tampa Bay. Not only did Hartley account for 10 of the Saints’ 16 points, but he also booted the game-winning field goal as time expired to push the team to 2-0 on the season.
Hartley converted the first of his three field goals in the first quarter, nailing a kick from 44 yards away to open the scoring.
After missing from 43 yards out in the second, Hartley bounced back with a conversion from 41 yards to extend the Saints’ lead to 13-7 midway through the third quarter.
Tampa Bay took the lead early in the fourth quarter at 14-13, but Hartley was given one more chance. The drive started from their own 37-yard line, but the Saints quickly gained 54 yards in just three plays to set up Hartley’s game-winning kick from 27 yards.
With 10 points, Hartley now has 336 in his career to move past RB Deuce McAllister for fifth on the Saints’ all-time list.
Linebacker Curtis Lofton added a season-high seven tackles for the Saints, while WR Kenny Stills had one catch for 10 yards. On the other side of the ball, DT Gerald McCoy had two tackles, including a sack, and Davin Joseph started at right guard for Tampa Bay.
Bradford’s Big Day Not Enough
QB Sam Bradford threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns on 32-of-55 passing in a 31-24 loss to Atlanta. It marked Bradford’s seventh career game with 300-plus yards and fourth game with three touchdowns.
Trailing 21-0, Bradford got St. Louis on the board in the second quarter following a scoring drive highlighted by a 47-yard pass to Chris Givens. The Rams got a field goal out of the drive, and that was their only scoring play until late in the third quarter.
With Atlanta up 24-3, Bradford connected with rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin for a six-yard touchdown pass. On their next possession, the Rams cut it to a one-score game when Bradford found Austin Pettis for a three-yard score. To help set up the scoring play, Bradford embarked on a career-long 23-yard run.
Atlanta gave itself a two-score cushion again on the next drive, but Bradford battled the Rams back and connected with Austin again. The 10-yard touchdown pass made it a 31-24 game with just over two minutes to play. Unfortunately, St. Louis was unable to get the ball back as the Falcons converted on a third-and-one with 1:58 remaining, forcing the Rams to use their final timeout.
Peterson Hits Century Mark
RB Adrian Peterson rushed for exactly 100 yards on 26 carries and added seven receiving yards but it came in a losing effort at Chicago as the Vikings fell 31-30.
It was the 38th 100-yard game of Peterson’s career, and it was highlighted by a 36-yard run in the second quarter.
Fleming to Jacksonville
CB Jamell Fleming spent his rookie campaign on Arizona’s roster after being drafted in the third round by the team in the 2012 NFL Draft. Fleming played in 15 games with 23 tackles and a pass breakup for the Cardinals but was made inactive for the 2013 opener.
Fleming’s time in Arizona ended on Monday as he was placed on waivers, though it didn’t take long before he found a new address. Jacksonville added the defensive back on Tuesday to bolster their secondary.
Rookie safety Tony Jefferson made the first start of his career for Arizona and finished with three tackles as the Cardinals beat Detroit, 25-21 … TE Jermaine Gresham tied for the team lead in both receptions and receiving yards with six catches for 66 yards, including a 26-yard grab, in a 20-10 Monday night win over Pittsburgh … RB DeMarco Murray rushed 12 times for 25 yards and caught five passes for a season-high 49 yards and tight end James Hanna had a career-high four catches for 20 yards as Dallas fell to Kansas City, 17-16 … DE Frank Alexander had two tackles in Carolina’s 24-23 loss at Buffalo … Trent Williams started at left tackle and Chris Chester started at right guard for Washington in a 38-20 loss to Green Bay … Lane Johnson started at right tackle for Philadelphia in a 33-30 loss to San Diego … Phil Loadholt started at right tackle for Minnesota in a 31-30 loss at Chicago
This and That
The following players saw playing time but did not record any stats: defensive back Dominique Franks (Atlanta), linebacker Travis Lewis (Detroit), defensive lineman Stacy McGee (Oakland) and offensive lineman Donald Stephenson (Kansas City) … WR Ryan Broyles (Detroit) and QB Landry Jones (Pittsburgh) were both made inactive in Week Two