2021 NFL season, Week 1: What we learned from Sunday's games

Around the NFL breaks down what you need to know from all of Sunday’s action in Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season. Catch up on each game’s biggest takeaways using the links below:

  • Seattle Seahawks 28, Indianapolis Colts 16
  • San Francisco 49ers 41, Detroit Lions 33

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Kevin Patra’s takeaways:

Next Gen Stat of the game: Russell Wilson: 5 of 9, 68 yards, three TDs when under pressure; 13 of 14, 186 yards, TD without pressure.

NFL Research: Russell Wilson was sacked three times today vs IND. That’s the 18th time he has been sacked three-plus times in a game since 2019. The only other player with more such games in that span? The opposing QB Carson Wentz, who was sacked three times today for the 20th time since 2019.

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Chase Goodbread’s takeaways:

Next Gen state of the game: Jimmy Garoppolo was 6 of 7 for 200 yards and a TD on passes of 10-plus air yards

NFL Research: Trey Lance became the first QB to throw a TD pass on his first career pass attempt since Tim Tebow in Week 10, 2010 against the Chiefs.

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Kevin Patra’s takeaways:

Next Gen Stat of the game: The Steelers generated pressure without bringing extra defenders. Pittsburgh blitzed on just two of 54 dropbacks (3.7%), the second-lowest rate by a Pitt defense since at least 2016 — the Steelers blitzed on 39.6% of dropbacks in 2020 (third-highest in NFL) 

NFL Research: T.J. Watt now has seven games with 2-plus sacks since 2019 (most in NFL, entering late games).

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