AFC West Recap

Broncos Update takes a look around the scores and stats of AFC West on the opening day of the 2004 NFL season.



Around the AFC West

 

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT TOTAL
San Diego 3 7 10 7 0 27
Houston 3 10 7 7 0 20

 

Quarterback Drew Brees connected on 17 of 24 passes for 209-yards and LaDanian Tomlinson added 121-yards on 26 carries to lift the San Diego Chargers to a 27-20 opening day win over the Houston Texans.

Brees, who is fighting for a starting spot against rookie Phillip Rivers, finished the game with two touchdown passes and no interceptions.

"I never had a doubt in my mind I would be the starting quarterback," Brees told reporters. "But my goal is not just to be the starting quarterback, it's to lead this team to a championship."

The Texans, who were the only expansion team to ever win two successive season openers, did their best to help in the Chargers victory, giving away two  interceptions from quarterback David Carr and two fumbles by Domanick Davis.

Carr, who finished the game with 19 of 25 passes for 229-yards, acknowledged the turnovers as a deciding factor in Sunday's loss.

"We were lucky to be within seven points at the end of the game," said Carr. We played well at times, but to be a good offense you cannot turn the ball over."

 

 

San Diego

Houston

1st Downs 17 20
Rushing 4 4
Passing 10 14
Penalty 3 2
3rd-Down Conversions 9-15 5-9
4th-Down Conversions 0-0 0-0
Punts-Average 4-39.0 2-46.0
Return Yards 115 179
Punts-Returns 1-13 2-25
Kickoffs-Returns 4-102 6-154
Int.-Returns 2-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 8-60 6-83
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-2
Time Of Pos. 31:10 28:50
Total Net Yards 324 336
Total Plays 57 56
Average Gain 5.7 6.0
Net Yards Rushing 122 110
Rushes 32 29
Avg. Per Rush 3.8 3.8
Net Yards Passing 202 226
Comp.-Att. 17-24 19-25
Yards Per Pass 8.1 8.4
Sacked-Yards Lost 1-7 2-3
Had Intercepted 0 2
Touchdowns 3 2
Rushing 1 2
Passing 2 0
Other 0 0
Extra Points 3-3 2-2
Field Goals 2-2 2-2
Red Zone Efficiency 0-0-0% 0-0-0%
Goal To Go Efficiency 0-0-0% 0-0-0%
Safeties 0 0

 


 

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT TOTAL
Pittsburgh 7 7 7 3 0 24
Oakland 0 7 3 11 0 21


The Pittsburgh Steelers held off a late fourth quarter rally from the Oakland Raiders to seal an opening day 24-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders, who trailed the entire game, tied the score at 21-21 as quarterback Rich Gannon connected with Alvis Whitted on a 38-yard touchdown toss with 4:58 remaining in the game. The score capped off a 7-play 64-yard drive for Oakland.

Pittsburgh, led by former Denver Broncos quarterback Tommy Maddox, responded with a 10-play, 54-yard drive over the next 4:44, with Jeff Reed connecting on a 42-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining in the game.

During the drive Maddox connected with seven-year veteran Hines Ward for gains of 11 and 15-yards and nine-year veteran Jay Riemersma for 12-yards setting up the game winning score.

"We were good at times, shakey at times, but we still did what we had to and won," Maddox said. "It was disappointing we let them back in the game, but everyone's excited we won.

The loss spoils the debut of Oakland's new head coach and defensive powerhouse Warren Sapp.

"We did everything possible to dig ourselves a hole and we dug a nice little one." said Sapp, who finished with our tackles and no sacks. "We got ourselves out of it, but we just couldn't get it done."

Gannon, who won the Raiders starting role over newly acquired Kerry Collimns, finished the game with 305-yards abd two touchdowns, but had two passes intercepted and lost one fumble.

"The ball was on the ground way too much today and that hurt us," said Gannon. "I think we knew coming in everything wasn't going to go perfect, but we made it difficult on ourselves."

Oakland Pittsburgh
1st Downs 18 17
Rushing 4 9
Passing 13 7
Penalty 1 1
3rd-Down Conversions 5-14 6-12
4th-Down Conversions 2-2 0-0
Punts-Average 3-44.0 6-43.5
Return Yards 109 169
Punts-Returns 1-13 2-22
Kickoffs-Returns 5-96 5-111
Int.-Returns 0-0 2-36
Penalties-Yards 6-31 2-20
Fumbles-Lost 5-2 2-1
Time Of Pos. 30:43 29:17
Total Net Yards 358 237
Total Plays 62 57
Average Gain 5.8 4.2
Net Yards Rushing 61 107
Rushes 22 33
Avg. Per Rush 2.8 3.2
Net Yards Passing 297 130
Comp.-Att. 20-37 13-22
Yards Per Pass 7.4 5.4
Sacked-Yards Lost 3-8 2-12
Had Intercepted 2 0
Touchdowns 2 3
Rushing 0 3
Passing 2 0
Other 0 0
Extra Points 2-2 3-3
Passing 1-1 0-0
Field Goals 2-2 1-1
Red Zone Efficiency 0-0-0% 0-0-0%
Goal To Go Efficiency 0-0-0% 0-0-0%
Safeties 0 0

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