Chris Boswell has kicked a 53-yard field goal as time expired in overtime and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in a sloppy season opener for both teams.
Joe Burrow rebounded from a lousy start to rally hosts Cincinnati, who lost last season’s Super Bowl to the Los Angeles Rams, from a 17-6 halftime deficit on Sunday. His six-yard touchdown pass to Ja’Marr Chase tied it at 20 with two seconds left in regulation, but the game went to overtime after Minkah Fitzpatrick blocked Evan McPherson’s point-after attempt.
McPherson and Boswell missed potential winning field goals in OT before Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky completed passes of nine, 26 and 10 yards in the final 56 seconds.
“That was pretty crazy — the back-and-forth nature,” Trubisky said.
“We found out a lot about this team. We battled, we stuck together. We have a lot to clean up, but we found a way in the end. Winning is fun.”
Burrow’s four interceptions were a career worst, and he was sacked seven times in front of what was supposed to be an improved offensive line. He was 33 for 53 for 338 yards and two touchdowns.
In Atlanta, Wil Lutz kicked a 51-yard field goal with 19 seconds remaining to cap a stunning fourth-quarter comeback by the New Orleans Saints, who overcame a 16-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 27-26.
Rookie Cade York kicked a go-ahead 58-yard field goal with eight seconds left, Kareem Hunt scored two touchdowns and the Cleveland Browns defeated the Carolina Panthers 26-24 in Charlotte.
Nick Chubb ran for 141 yards and Hunt had 70 total yards from scrimmage as the Browns won their season opener for the first time since 2004.
The Texans and Indianapolis couldn’t be separated in Houston.
Matt Ryan rallied the visitors in the fourth quarter to force overtime in his Colts debut, but neither team could score on two overtime possessions each and it finished 20 apiece.
Ryan, playing his first game for Indy after 14 seasons with Atlanta, finished with 352 yards passing and a touchdown.
Elsewhere, the Philadelphia Eagles snuck home 38-35 against the Lions in Detroit and there were also opening day victories for the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Commanders, Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears.