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Dallas victory parade hits a detour, as mistake-prone Cowboys beaten by lowly Cardinals

Arizona's Marquise Brown maintained his concentration despite the pressure from Stephon Gilmore to reel in Joshua Dobbs's pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter Sunday.Christian Petersen/Getty

Joshua Dobbs threw for a touchdown, James Conner and Rondale Moore ran for scores, and the Arizona Cardinals never trailed as they stunned the mistake-prone Dallas Cowboys, 28-16, in Glendale, Ariz.

The Cardinals (1-2) scored on all five of their first-half possessions, capped when Matt Prater made a 62-yard field goal, and held on after they’d squandered halftime leads in the first two weeks. (Prater’s 62-yard field goal was the 72nd of his career from 50 yards or more, extending his NFL record.)

Dobbs completed 17 of 21 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown. Conner ran for 98 yards.

The Cowboys (2-1) — who were called for 13 penalties that set them back 107 yards — cut the margin to 21-16 with 9:33 left in the game thanks to a pair of field goals by Brandon Aubrey. Dallas had three solid drives bog down inside the Arizona 10, including one that ended on a fourth-down stop when Dak Prescott threw an incomplete pass.

Prescott completed 25 of 40 passes for 249 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.

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Midway through the fourth, Dobbs hit Marquise Brown for a 2-yard touchdown, pushing the lead to 28-16 with 7:22 remaining. Arizona sealed the win when Kyzir White picked off Prescott’s pass in the end zone with three minutes left.

The Cowboys host the Patriots next Sunday.

Steelers 23, Raiders 18 — Kenny Pickett passed for 235 yards and two touchdowns in an encouraging performance for Pittsburgh (2-1), which earned its first road win against the Raiders since 1995. Las Vegas (1-2) trailed, 23-7, going into the fourth quarter, hurt by three more interceptions for Jimmy Garoppolo, but had a chance to tie the game in the final minutes. Coach Josh McDaniels settled for a short field goal instead of trying to convert a fourth-and-4 at the 8 with 2:25 left, however, and the Raiders never got the ball back. Pickett completed 16 of 28 passes, and George Pickens finished with four receptions for 75 yards. T.J. Watt had another sensational game, recording two of Pittsburgh’s four sacks. Davante Adams finished with 13 receptions for 172 yards and both Vegas touchdowns.

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Texans 37, Jaguars 17 — Fullback Andrew Beck fumbled a kickoff and then broke five tackles during an 85-yard return for a touchdown, one of several special teams gaffes by the hosts as Houston (1-2) gave coach DeMeco Ryans his first victory. Rookie C.J. Stroud threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns, including a 68-yarder to Tank Dell that sealed the Texans’ fifth in a row in Jacksonville (1-2). Houston has won 16 of the past 19 in the series. The Jaguars were flat from the start Sunday, their first five drives ending in a missed field goal, a punt, a blocked field goal, a punt, and a fumble. Trailing, 17-0, at halftime, they scored on their first two possessions of the third quarter, but then gave up the first kick return score by a fullback since 2005.

Packers 18, Falcons 17 — Jordan Love rallied Green Bay (2-1) from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit in his first career home start, a comeback that began after New Orleans (2-1) lost quarterback Derek Carr to a shoulder injury on one of Rashan Gary’s career-high three sacks. The Packers scored 18 points in the final 11 minutes to win their 11th consecutive home opener, taking the lead on Love’s 8-yard pass to Romeo Doubs in the right corner of the end zone with 2:56 left. Jameis Winston drove the Saints into scoring position, but Blake Grupe’s 46-yard field-goal attempt with just over a minute left sailed wide right. Love went 22 of 44 for 259 yards with one touchdown pass, a TD run, and an interception.

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Bills 37, Commanders 3 — In Landover, Md., Josh Allen threw and ran for a touchdown, Buffalo’s defense forced five turnovers, and the Bills (2-1) tormented Sam Howell, sacking him nine times and piling up four interceptions — the last a pick-6 that sent Washington (2-1) fans to the exits. The nine sacks were Buffalo’s most since 10 of Washington’s John Beck on Oct. 30, 2011, in Toronto. Allen was 20 of 32 with 218 yards passing, including a 35-yard TD pass to Gabe Davis. He added a 10-yard scamper into the end zone among his 46 yards rushing. A 51-yard field goal by Joey Slye with 46 seconds left helped Washington avoid the first shutout of the Ron Rivera era that began in 2020.

Chiefs 41, Bears 10 — Patrick Mahomes threw for 272 yards and three touchdowns, and host Kansas City (2-1) dealt inept Chicago (0-3) its 13th consecutive loss dating to last season. Jerick McKinnon had a pair of touchdown catches for the Chiefs, and Isiah Pacheco and Clyde Edwards-Helaire added touchdown runs. Travis Kelce finished with seven catches for 69 yards and a 3-yard score midway through the third quarter, after which Mahomes got the rest of the day off. Embattled Bears quarterback Justin Fields was 11 of 22 for 99 yards with an interception and a meaningless late touchdown after he consistently missed open targets down field much of the game. He also led the Bears with 47 yards rushing as the league’s 27th-ranked offense finished with just 203 yards.

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Lions 20, Falcons 6 — Jared Goff threw a tiebreaking 45-yard touchdown pass to Sam LaPorta early in the second quarter, and host Detroit (2-1) earned a much-needed win following a deflating home loss to Seattle. Goff also had a 3-yard run for a score that converted a third down and gave Detroit a 20-3 lead early in the fourth. LaPorta, the No. 34 pick overall out of Iowa, had eight receptions for 84 yards; his 18 catches are the most by an NFL tight end through three games. Atlanta (2-1) failed to protect Desmond Ridder, who was sacked seven times by a team that had only one sack in two games. Rookie Bijan Robinson had 10 carries for 33 yards and four catches for 27 yards after he had 255 yards of offense in his first two games.

Browns 27, Titans 3 — Cleveland’s Myles Garrett sacked quarterback Ryan Tannehill 3½ times and fronted a defense that limited Tennessee to 94 yards, its fewest since the franchise relocated from Houston in 1997. Six days after the Browns (2-1) lost star running back Nick Chubb to a season-ending knee injury, Deshaun Watson had his best day with the team. He completed 27 of 33 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns, and his 43-yarder to Amari Cooper put the Browns up, 27-3, in the fourth quarter. Jerome Ford, who moved into Chubb’s starting spot, ran for and caught a touchdown, while All-Pro running back Derrick Henry had just 20 yards on 11 carries for Tennessee (1-2), which punted seven times in nine possessions and had just six first downs.

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Seahawks 37, Panthers 27 — Kenneth Walker III rushed for 97 yards and two second-half touchdowns, Jason Myers kicked four field goals, and host Seattle (2-1) pulled away from Carolina (0-3) after things didn’t come easily for the first three quarters. Walker’s 36-yard reception midway through the third set up his 1-yard touchdown run after Seattle had settled for field goals every other time it reached Carolina’s side of the field. Myers connected on field goals of 43, 35, 33, and 37 yards after starting the season just 3 of 6. Veteran Andy Dalton started in place of injured No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young for Carolina and did his part in keeping the Panthers close, throwing for 361 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but the Panthers committed 13 penalties.