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The Steelers beat the Bengals in overtime on Fitzpatrick’s block on extra-point attempt

Minkah Fitzpatrick didn’t win Pittsburgh’s season-opening game on Sunday, but the former Alabama All-American made sure the Steelers didn’t lose it.After Cincinnati scored a touchdown on the final snap of the fourth quarter to tie the game, Fitzpatrick raced in to block the extra-point attempt that would have given the Bengals a one-point victory. Instead, the Steelers won 23-20 in overtime. “A lot of people underestimate Minkah and what he’s capable of doing, whether it’s being a box safety, a ballhawk, or even blocking kicks.” Fitzgerald’s block came against a Cincinnati unit that was playing at a disadvantage. Clark Harris, the Bengals’ long snapper, was injured in his 202nd regular-season game, and tight end Mitchell Wilcox was on the football for the extra-point snap.Fitzpatrick was among the 53 former Alabama players who took the field on the first Sunday of the NFL’s 103rd season.Four other former Alabama players were involved in the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati game: Najee Harris started at running back for the Steelers. Harris gained 23 yards on 10 carries and caught two passes for three yards and a touchdown. With 8:46 left in the first half, Harris scored on a 1-yard reception to give Pittsburgh a 17-3 lead. Harris left the game with a foot injury and did not return in overtime. RELATED: 14 NFL TEAM CAPTAINS HAVE ALABAMA FOOTBALL ROOTS Hassenauer appeared but did not record any stats. Steelers cornerback Levi Wallace recorded three tackles and a pass breakup in his first game with the team. Wallace played in his first game without starting in his career. Wallace started 52 regular-season games and five playoff games for the Buffalo Bills over four seasons. Wallace suffered an ankle injury on a 2-point conversion pass by Cincinnati in the third quarter and did not return to the game. Jonah Williams started at left offensive tackle for the Bengals.In the other Sunday games:New Orleans Saints 27, Atlanta Falcons 26 Evans had six tackles and a fumble recovery in his first game with Atlanta. Evans returned the fumble recovery 10 yards to the New Orleans 36-yard line, but the Atlanta offense fumbled the ball back to the Saints. Saints running back Mark Ingram gained 22 yards on four carries and caught one pass for one yard. RELATED: MARK INGRAM BACK IN A FAMILIAR NUMBER FOR SAINTS Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is suspended by the commissioner and is not eligible to play.Cleveland Browns 26, Carolina Panthers 24 Panthers offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman (Handley) played but did not record any stats. Panthers guard Deonte Brown (Austin) is on the practice squad and is not eligible to play. Cooper had three receptions for 17 yards in his debut with the Browns. Cooper caught the final pass for a 9-yard gain before Cade York made a 58-yard field goal as time expired in Cleveland’s victory. Browns running back Jerome Ford returned a kickoff 29 yards and made a tackle on special teams in his NFL debut. Browns tight end Miller Forristall is on the practice squad and is ineligible to play. Harrison had two tackles and a sack for the Browns, who started Jedrick Wills Jr. at left offensive tackle. Chicago Bears 19, San Francisco 49ers 10 Eddie Jackson started at safety for the Bears. Jackson had three tackles and a pass intercepted. Jackson’s 11th career interception came on a third-and-5 throw by San Francisco quarterback Trey Lance. With 9:42 remaining, Jackson returned the interception 26 yards to put Chicago on the San Francisco 21-yard line. Bears offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood was designated as a game-day inactive. Philadelphia Eagles 38, Detroit Lions 35 Lions defensive tackle Isaiah Buggs made three tackles and broke up a pass. Landon Dickerson started at left guard for the Eagles. Jalen Hurts started at quarterback for the Eagles. Hurts completed 18-of-32 passes for 243 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions and ran 17 times for 90 yards and one touchdown. Hurts scored Philadelphia’s first points on a 1-yard run with 12:56 left in the first half, capping a 13-play, 82-yard drive that tied the score at 7-7. Hurts is tied for second in NFL history with 14 touchdown runs in his first 20 starts. Only Cam Newton had more in his first 20 NFL starts, with 17 in his first 20. Eagles cornerback Josh Jobe played but did not record any stats. Jobe made his NFL debut in this game. Lions center Ross Pierschbacher was on the practice squad and was ineligible to play. DeVonta Smith started at wide receiver for the Eagles. Lions cornerback Saivion Smith is on the practice squad and is ineligible to play. Lions wide receiver Jameson Williams is on reserve/non-football injury and is ineligible to play.Indianapolis Colts 20, Houston Texans 20, OT Colts cornerback Tony Brown played but did not record any stats. Brown was promoted from the practice squad to play in the game. Texans linebacker Christian Harris is on injured reserve and will not be able to play. Autauga Academy’s Howard caught two passes for 38 yards and two touchdowns. Howard, who was released by the Buffalo Bills on Aug. 30, made his first Houston game the third in his career with two touchdown receptions and the first since the 2018 season. Ryan Kelly started at center for the Colts. Texans wide receiver John Metchie III is on reserve/non-football injury and is ineligible to play.Miami Dolphins 20, New England Patriots 7 Patriots defensive tackle Christian Barmore registered a quarterback hit. Damien Harris started at running back for the Patriots, and he made five tackles. Harris rushed for 48 yards on nine carries and caught two passes for 10 yards for the Patriots, who were without linebacker Anfernee Jennings (Dadeville). Mac Jones started at quarterback for the Patriots. Jones finished 21-of-30 passes for 213 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Jones also fumbled, which Miami recovered for a touchdown. With 4:44 left in the third quarter, Jones threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Ty Montgomery. RELATED: MAC JONES DEALING WITH BACK INJURY AFTER SEASON-OPENER Patriots defensive end LaBryan Ray (James Clemens) is on the practice squad and is ineligible to play. Tua Tagovailoa started at quarterback for the Dolphins. Tagovailoa completed 23-of-33 passes for 270 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. RELATED: DOLPHINS WIN 4-0 AGAINST PATRIOTS WITH TUA TAGOVAILOA AT QB Waddle had four receptions for 69 yards and one touchdown, as well as an 8-yard run. With 18 seconds left in the first half, Waddle took a fourth-down pass 42 yards for a touchdown. Patriots outside linebacker Mack Wilson (Carver-Montgomery) made three tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage. Baltimore Ravens 24, New York Jets 9 Ravens cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis (St. Paul’s Episcopal) made one tackle on defense and one tackle on special teams in his NFL debut. In his first game with the Ravens, Drake rushed for 31 yards on 11 carries and caught a 15-yard pass. Marlon Humphrey (Hoover) started at cornerback. Humphrey had seven tackles, a quarterback hit, and a fumble recovery. Humphrey recovered a fumble at the Baltimore 15-yard line with 14:03 remaining in the game. The Jets started Mosley (Theodore) at linebacker. Quinnen Williams (Wenonah) started at defensive end for the Jets, making 11 tackles. Jonathan Allen started at defensive tackle for the Washington Commanders, who defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-22. Allen had three tackles, one sack, and two tackles for loss. Phidarian Mathis, a Commanders defensive tackle, played but did not record any stats. Mathis suffered a knee injury in his NFL debut, forcing him to leave the game. RELATED: ALABAMA ROOKIE CARTED OFF IN HIS FIRST NFL GAME Daron Payne (Shades Valley) started at defensive tackle for the Commanders. Payne had three tackles, one sack, three quarterback hits, and two pass breakups for the Commanders. Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr. (Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa) is on the reserve/non-football injury list and is ineligible to play. Cam Robinson started at left offensive tackle for the Jaguars. Commanders wide receiver Cam Sims was targeted once but did not have a reception in the game. Averett suffered a thumb injury during the game. Raiders guard Lester Cotton (Central-Tuscaloosa) played but did not record any stats. Raiders running back Josh Jacobs started. Jacobs gained 57 yards on 10 carries and caught a 16-yard pass. Chargers punter JK Scott averaged 49.0 yards on four punts and had a net of 48.0 yards. Scott had a 49-yard punt that was downed at the Las Vegas 2-yard line, a 51-yarder that was returned 4 yards to the Las Vegas 23, a 49-yarder that resulted in a fair catch at the Las Vegas 40, and a 47-yarder with a return for no gain to the Las Vegas 21 in his first game with the Chargers.Minnesota Vikings 23, Green Bay Packers 7 Reed had four tackles, one behind the line of scrimmage. Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. was targeted twice but did not catch a pass. Smith was injured last season and had elbow surgery in August, so Dalvin Tomlinson started at defensive end for the Vikings. Tomlinson had one tackle and one fumble recovery. With 12:06 remaining in the third quarter, Tomlinson recovered a fumble at the Green Bay 33-yard line. Minnesota capitalized on the turnover with a field goal to take a 20-0 lead. New York Giants 21, Tennessee Titans 20 Titans defensive end Da’Shawn Hand played but did not record any stats. Derrick Henry started at running back for the Titans. The Giants’ Xavier McKinney started at safety and rushed for 82 yards on 21 carries. McKinney had five tackles in his first NFL game. Evan Neal started at right offensive tackle for the Giants. Aaron Robinson started at cornerback for the Giants. Robinson had four tackles on defense, one special teams tackle, and one pass breakup.Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19, Dallas Cowboys 3 Trevon Diggs started at cornerback for the Cowboys. Diggs had three tackles and two tackle breaks in his first game with the Buccaneers. Julio Jones (Foley) caught three passes for 69 yards and ran twice for 17 yards. Jones hadn’t had a rushing attempt since the 2019 season and had only carried the ball twice in one game – on Nov. 6, 2011. Outside linebacker Terrell Lewis of the Los Angeles Rams made his first NFL interception in the game. Week 1 concludes on Monday, when the Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks at 7:15 p.m. Lumen Field in Seattle, CDT. The game will be broadcast on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN Deportes.FOR MORE OF AL.COM’S NFL COVERAGE, VISIT OUR NFL PAGEMark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1. Readers should be aware that if they make a purchase after clicking on one of our affiliate links, we may receive a commission.