CHICAGO — Peyton Manning’s first appearance with the Denver Broncos was a brief one.
Manning played one possession in the preseason opener against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night and got intercepted near the end zone. Overall, Manning completed 4 of 7 passes for 44 yards.
“He was remarkable,” coach John Fox said. “He came back. He’s worked very hard. He hasn’t played football in (almost) two years. I thought it was a good first drive in these conditions. It was sloppy. It was sloppy by the receivers as far as the conditions, but I thought it was a very good first outing.”
RAVENS 31, FALCONS 17
In Atlanta, Baltimore backup Curtis Painter threw three second-half touchdown passes to lead the Ravens over the Falcons.
Atlanta’s Matt Ryan led two touchdown drives, including a scoring pass to Julio Jones, before Painter took over.
Ryan completed 9 of 13 passes for 155 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was 5 for 5 for 71 yards, including the 7-yard touchdown pass to Jones.
Joe Flacco completed 9 of 12 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown for Baltimore.
EAGLES 24, STEELERS 23
In Philadelphia, Andy Reid was welcomed back to the sideline with a standing ovation and chants of “Andy! Andy! Andy!”
Then the Eagles gave their grieving coach a small reason to smile.
Alex Henery kicked a 51-yard field goal with 12 seconds left to lift the Eagles over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Reid coached the Eagles just two days after his 29-year-old son’s funeral. Garrett Reid, the oldest of five children for Andy and Tammy Reid, was found dead Sunday morning in his dorm room at Lehigh University where he was assisting the team’s strength and conditioning coach during training camp.
CHARGERS 21, PACKERS 13
In San Diego, Shannon Eastin became the first woman to officiate an NFL game and San Diego slogged to a sloppy preseason victory over Green Bay.
Philip Rivers had a touchdown, an interception and a fumble in limited action for the Chargers.
Aaron Rodgers had an
interception and a fumble
in three series for the Packers.
PATRIOTS 7, SAINTS 6
In Foxborough, Mass., Will Smith crunched Tom Brady from behind, forcing a fumble in the first quarter.
As one of four players punished in the New Orleans bounty scandal, Smith was suspended for the first four regular-season games.
So the sack of New England’s star quarterback was a highlight in the Patriots’ lackluster win.