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Redskins squeak past Cowboys

AP, LANDOVER, Maryland

Miles Austin, right, of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates his touchdown during the NFL season opener against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on Sunday in Landover, Maryland.


DeAngelo Hall returned a fumble 32 yards for Washington’s only touchdown, and Donovan McNabb completed 15 of 32 passes for 171 yards in his Redskins debut in a season-opening, 13-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

It was also the Redskins’ curtain raiser for Mike Shanahan, and the longtime Denver Broncos coach watched his defense keep the Cowboys at bay when it mattered.

With 3 seconds left, and the ball at the 13-yard line, Tony Romo scrambled to find Roy Williams open in the end zone. However, Alex Barron was called for holding, negating the winning touchdown.

Romo completed 31 of 41 passes for 282 yards. Miles Austin caught 10 passes for 146 yards and scored the game’s only offensive touchdown.

Texans 34, Colts 24

In Houston, Texzas, Arian Foster ran for a team-record 231 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead Houston past Indianapolis.

Foster, an undrafted rookie who spent most of last season on the practice squad, had 33 carries on his way to gaining the most yards by a Colts’ opponent.

He had the NFL’s second-best opening weekend rushing performance since 1933, topped only by Buffalo’s O.J. Simpson’s 250 in 1973 against New England.

Foster also surpassed Domanick Davis’ team record of 158 yards rushing, set in 2004 at Jacksonville.

Packers 27, Eagles 20

In Philadelphia, Aaron Rodgers threw a pair of touchdown passes and Mason Crosby kicked a team-record 56-yard field goal as Green Bay won despite a vintage performance by Philadelphia’s Michael Vick.

In their first game since trading Donovan McNabb to Washington, the Eagles started with Kevin Kolb and finished with Vick. Kolb left with a concussion at halftime, so Vick played meaningful snaps for an extended period for the first time in nearly four years.

Vick, a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback during six seasons in Atlanta, finished with 175 yards passing and ran for 103, but could overcome a 20-3 deficit.

Bears 19, Lions 14

In Chicago, Jay Cutler threw for 372 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown pass to Matt Forte with 1 minute, 32 seconds left as Chicago held on against Detroit.

The Lions, who lost quarterback Matthew Stafford with a right shoulder injury late in the first half, nearly pulled out the win, but Shaun Hill’s 25-yard pass to Calvin Johnson in the end zone with 25 seconds left was ruled incomplete after a review.

Two incompletions later, the Lions walked off the field with their 21st straight road loss.

Seahawks 31, 49ers 6

In Seattle, Matt Hasselbeck threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Seattle gave new coach Pete Carroll a winning start.

Carroll left Southern California after last season and is back coaching in the NFL for the first time in 11 years.

The Seahawks trailed 6-0 and ran just seven plays for 11 yards in the first one-and-half quarters, then outscored San Francisco 31-0 the rest of the way.

In other NFL action it was:

• Buccaneers 17, Browns 14

• Patriots 38, Bengals 24

• Giants 31, Panthers 18

• Jaguars 24, Broncos 17

• Steelers 15, Falcons 9, OT

• Dolphins 15, Bills 10

• Titans 38, Raiders 13

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