Successful premiere: At the first NFL game in Germany, the spectators were treated to a great show.Image: imago
For the first time ever, an NFL game was played in Germany. The premiere will be remembered by all present. Games like the Buffalo Bills against the Minnesota Vikings also provided plenty of spectacle in the US. Sunday highlights.
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Big party in Munich
Everyone involved will not forget this day. For the first time in history, an NFL game was played in Germany. Almost 70,000 spectators visited the Munich arena. Ten such stadiums could fill up, so many requests for tickets. Expectations were huge not only among German NFL fans.
Quarterback Tom Brady, who met the Seattle Seahawks with his Tampa Bay Buccaneers, said before the game: “If it’s anything like the Bundesliga games I’ve seen, it’s going to be one of my most epic games.” And expectations were fulfilled. The mood was so good that what was happening on the pitch became almost a secondary issue. “What an atmosphere. Thank you, Germany,” Brady said ecstatically after the game. Teammate Julio Jones raved about the energy: “I loved it. It was fantastic.”
Long after the play ended, the audience sang songs like “Sweet Caroline” or “Country Roads” and celebrated the successful premiere. Among the spectators were stars such as Bayern professionals Thomas Müller, Serge Gnabry and Jamal Musiala or Swiss rapper Loredana and French world champion Antoine Griezmann.
But the spectacle was not only in the stands. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers prevailed in the end 21:16. Julio Jones and Chris Godwin caught touchdown passes from Brady. Brady himself almost caught the ball, but slipped on a special play that the Seahawks defense benefited from with an interception.
The best moments of the NFL premiere in Germany
The Miami Dolphins look unbeatable with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. On Sunday night, the Florida offense put up 39 points against the Cleveland Browns. Miami wins again in the seventh game, in which Tagovailoa started and did not have to be replaced during the game with an injury. The 24-year-old threw three touchdowns — one each to Tyreek Hill, Alec Ingold and Trent Sherfield. With Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. both runners also ran into the end zone once. Mike McDaniel’s team is now second in the AFC with seven wins from ten games.
The masterful Mahomes leads the Chiefs to the top
Only the Kansas City Chiefs are better in the AFC with seven wins and two losses. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes also performed superbly in a 27:17 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 27-year-old threw for four touchdowns in the game. His best receiver was again tight end Travis Kelce with 81 yards and a touchdown. On the other side, wide receiver Christian Kirk shined. He caught passes for 105 yards and both touchdown passes from Trevor Lawrence.
No more drama possible
The fact that the Chiefs were able to take the lead was also due to the Buffalo Bills losing to the Minnesota Vikings. And how it happened was unsurpassed in terms of drama. Kicker Tyler Bass put the Bills up 27-10 with a field goal shortly before the end of the third quarter. But seconds later, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook broke through and raced 81 yards into the end zone.
Another touchdown – this time by CJ Ham – and a long drive where Justin Jefferson showed off his skills and made an incredible catch that would have all but sealed the Bills’ victory and put the Vikings up 23-27. suddenly again in front of the end zone. And now the madness began.
They failed three times when trying to break through to the end zone. Then Cook dropped what he thought was a safety for a touchdown that would have put the Bills back in possession. But the defense started too early and gave the Vikings an extra chance right at the goal line. Kirk Cousins and fails with the so-called quarterback. From the visitors’ point of view, the game seemed lost. Except the Bills couldn’t just let the clock run out because they were too close to their own end zone.
Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen had to at least run over the goal line to get some space. But he dropped the ball and Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks pounced first. Minnesota led just before the end and Buffalo had little time to turn it around. But they took advantage of it – also because the referees didn’t see it Gabriel Davis probably didn’t really catch the ball. The game went into overtime after Bass kicked another field goal.
The Minnesota Vikings got the ball first and took a 33-30 lead on a Greg Joseph field goal. Allen led the Bills’ offense into the Vikings’ end zone again. A touchdown could have decided the game, a field goal would at least keep the hope of victory alive. But the 26-year-old Allen threw the ball right into the arms of quarterback Patrick Peterson and the game was decided.
NFL conference commentator Scott Hanson raved about the “best game of the season.” Jefferson, who caught passes for 193 yards and a touchdown, he said: “The game felt like a movie. It was so crazy.” The Vikings are second-best in the league behind Philadelphia with eight wins in nine games. It was the Bills’ second straight loss and third this season.
Barkley continues his super season
The New York Giants play in similar spheres. After a 24-16 win over the Houston Texans, Brian Daboll’s team is on a seven-game winning streak. Saquon Barkley was once again the best man on the court. The running back totaled 160 yards and a touchdown. Darius Slayton had the longest touchdown run of 54 yards.
Super Fields doesn’t help the bears
Justin Fields has been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in recent weeks. The 23-year-old pro from the Chicago Bears also shined against the Detroit Lions with two touchdowns thrown and two walks.
But he lacked composure at crucial moments. So he threw an interception at 24-17 in the fourth quarter that Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah carried into the end zone for a touchdown. And at the end of the match, he failed to lead the attack across the field for the last time and thus to victory. Detroit won 31-30.
The TV expert confirms his prediction
The Indianapolis Colts have mutated from a vaunted franchise into a big circus this season. Quarterback Matt Ryan sat first, reportedly at the request of owner Jim Irsay. Then offensive coordinator Marcus Brady was fired, followed by head coach Frank Reich. After that, Jeff Saturday, a longtime part of the Colts’ offensive line, was introduced as the interim coach. Here, too, Irsay likely decided against the opinion of some in charge in Indianapolis.
Winning in his trainer debut: Jeff Saturday (M.).Image: www.imago-images.de
So the reactions were critical. Legendary coach Bill Cowher called Saturday’s appointment a disgrace. After all, Saturday has no coaching experience at the collegiate or professional level, and several capable people in the organization have been left out. But on Sunday, 47-year-old Sobot and his team proved all the lies. Indianapolis beat the Raiders 25-20 in Las Vegas.
On the one hand, running back Jonathan Taylor had his best game of the season so far with 147 yards and a touchdown. On the other hand, the Colts also owe the win to quarterback Ryan, who was allowed to start again for the first time and had a solid performance with a touchdown and one rush. Taylor said after the game about the new coach: “He’s brought the passion back to us. You can tell he really wants the organization to be successful.” Sobota, who until recently was still working as a TV pundit, proved his expertise by winning twice in Las Vegas. About two weeks ago he wrote on Twitter: “Raiders look terrible.”
Watson’s touchdown hat trick ended Green Bay’s losing streak
The Green Bay Packers lost their fifth straight this past weekend around star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. That has only happened once to the 38-year-old player in the past – in 2008. Rodgers has never left the field defeated in six straight games. He was also able to prevent that on Sunday. The Packers beat the Dallas Cowboys 31-28 in overtime.
This was primarily due to rookie receiver Christian Watson, who literally exploded in the game. He went without a touchdown in his first six games, but had three against Dallas and also caught 107 yards. He then celebrated his first career NFL catch with a backflip. After the game, he said, “It meant the world to me.”
The Broncos’ misery continues
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine of the Tennessee Titans had a similar outburst. After a nine-game season without a point, the 25-year-old scored two touchdowns in a 17-10 win against the Denver Broncos. He was mainly responsible for the sixth win of the season. Meanwhile, the Broncos’ problems continue, especially on offense. After nine games, they are at the bottom of the NFL with 131 points.
The Niners defense is shutting down
The Los Angeles Chargers actually got off to a good start. After just over three minutes, they scored their first touchdown. But after that, the offense around quarterback Justin Herbert didn’t do much besides three field goals. And yet they led the San Francisco 49ers 16-10 at halftime.
But then the defense of the home team closed. The Chargers did not score another point, while the 49ers still had two field goals and a touchdown. An interception by Niners-Safety Talanoa Hufang sealed the Chargers’ 16-22 defeat just before the end.