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Rodgers shades Brady as Packers beat Bucs

Aaron Rodgers won what might be his final match-up with fellow NFL quarterback legend Tom Brady, throwing for 255 yards and a pair of first-half touchdowns as the Green Bay Packers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-12.

Rodgers completed 27 of 35 pass attempts with an interception on Sunday as Green Bay (2-1) won their second straight game after opening with a loss at Minnesota.

The Packers’ defence made Rodgers’ scoring strikes stand up.

Green Bay shut down a short-handed opponent playing without three of its top receivers, with Mike Evans suspended and Chris Godwin and Julio Jones injured.

Brady connected on 31 of 42 throws for 271 yards and gave Tampa Bay (2-1) a chance to force overtime when he led an 89-yard touchdown drive from the Buccaneers’ 11 in the final three minutes.

Russell Gage caught a one-yard score from Brady with 14 seconds left, but a delay-of-game call pushed the Buccaneers back to the seven yard line for the two-point conversion.

Miami beat the visiting Buffalo Bills 21-19 as Tua Tagovailoa returned from a second-quarter injury scare and the Dolphins’ late goal-line stand held out the Bills.

Tagovailoa left the game with 2:19 left in the first half as the back of his head hit the turf on a shove from Bills linebacker Matt Milano.

However, Tagovailoa returned for Miami’s first third-quarter possession. He finished 13-of-18 passing for 186 yards with one TD and no picks to lead the Dolphins (3-0).

Josh Allen completed 42 of 63 passes for 400 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for the Bills (2-1).

Lamar Jackson threw for four touchdowns and rushed for another as Baltimore held off a late comeback attempt to win 37-26 at New England.

Jackson completed 18 of 29 passes for 218 yards and had 107 yards on the ground on just 11 carries. Mark Andrews had eight receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns for Baltimore (2-1).

In other games, the Philadelphia Eagles won 24-8 at the Washington Commanders, the Chicago Bears edged the visiting Houston Texans 23-20, Indianapolis won 20-17 against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs, the Cincinnati Bengals won 27-12 at the New York Jets, and the Tennessee Titans won 24-22 at home to the Las Vegas Raiders.

The injury-plagued Chargers went down 38-10 to Jacksonville in Los Angeles, the Atlanta Falcons had a 27-23 win at the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota won 28-24 at home to the Detroit Lions, the LA Rams won 20-12 at the Arizona Cardinals, and Carolina won 22-14 against the visiting New Orleans Saints.

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