It all started Saturday night with the Missouri Tigers disappointing finish in their SEC debut losing 41-20 to the Georgia Bulldogs. It continued on Sunday, as Georgia’s pro team dominated the Chiefs and a former Bulldog quarterback stunned the Rams.
Former Chiefs star Tony Gonzalez pulled of his signature slam dunk over the crossbar one more time at Arrowhead Stadium. Gonzalez scored on one of three Matt Ryan touchdown passes as the Atlanta Falcons beat the Chiefs 40-24.
Just like the Mizzou game on Saturday night, the Chiefs were in the ball game in the third quarter, trailing 20-17, but after a missed Ryan Succop field goal try, the Falcons scored 20 unanswered points. Ryan threw for 299 yards.
Matt Cassel threw for 258 yards and had a rushing touchdown and one passing, but he also fumbled deep in Kansas City territory to set up a short TD drive, and his two interceptions turned into field goals by Matt Bryant.
Jamaal Charles had 87 yards rushing, and current tight ends Tony Moeaki had three catches for 37 yards, and Kevin Boss caught a 22 yard touchdown pass.
Former Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Smith with 10 seconds left, lifting the Detroit Lions to a 27-23 win over the Rams. The number one pick from the 2009 NFL draft had three interceptions before halftime for the first time in his career.
The Rams scored 13 points off Stafford’s turnovers, including Cortland Finnegan’s 31-yard return for a TD that gave them a 13-7 lead late in the first half. Rookie Janoris Jenkins intercepted a Stafford pass on the goal line to end the Lions’ first drive.
Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick a year after Stafford, led the Rams on a go-ahead series that led to former Missouri Western star Greg Zuerlein’s 46-yard field goal to put the Rams ahead 23-20 with 1:55 left.