Cal in the NFL: Week 1
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  09/13/2011

Sept. 13, 2011

BERKELEY - Aaron Rodgers picked up right where he left from 2010 in the season opener against the New Orleans Saints last Thursday. Last year's Super Bowl MVP boasted three touchdown passes, completing 27 of 35 passes for 312 yards.

DeSean Jackson of the Philadelphia Eagles went over the century mark in receiving yards and hauled in a touchdown catch, as well. In that same game, the Eagles' newly acquired cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha held St. Louis Rams' receiver Mike Sims-Walker to one catch for five yards.

In last night's Oakland Raiders-Denver Broncos game, Matt Giordano came up with a huge interception on Denver's Kyle Orton, which later resulted in an Oakland touchdown.

Thomas DeCoud recorded seven tackles for the Atlanta Falcons against the Chicago Bears. Also in that game, tight end Tony Gonzalez paced the Falcons' receivers with five catches for 72 yards.

Jahvid Best had an impressive 2011 opener for the Detroit Lions, racking up 21 carries for 72 yards with four catches for 42 yards.

Other Week 1 Cal in the NFL notes: Andre Carter recorded a sack for the New England Patriots ... Scott Fujita (Cleveland Browns) and Tyson Alualu (Jacksonville Jaguars) each collected tackles in their respective games ... Ryan Longwell (Minnesota Vikings) was good on a 33-yard field goal try, his only attempt, against the San Diego Chargers ... Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks) rushed 13 times for 33 yards against the San Francisco 49ers.

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