Fans were not disappointed as big catches, hits and runs were all prevalent in the first game of the 2012-13 NFL season. When the final second ticked off the clock, the Cowboys came out on top 24-17.
Fans are now left salivating for more and will have to wait till Sunday to feed their hunger for more NFL action.
Here are some of the best fan reactions via Twitter to the start of the NFL season:
Having the NFL back is like reuniting with a long lost friend #GoodToSeeYou— Luke(@CoolerHand_Luke) September 6, 2012
For the record I'm not a fan of either team..I'm just excited that the NFL season is starting!— Brandon Weems (@BrandonWeems10) September 5, 2012
A main theme surrounding the first game of the NFL season was the replacement referees. It was strange to hear that the head ref is a middle school teacher from Boise, Idaho, but I'm sure his students were excited.
There were a fair share of questionable calls and mishaps, but the replacement refs did a pretty decent job in their regular season debut.
Here are some of the funnier reactions on Twitter:
I'm not saying #NFL should be concerned about replacement refs, but one asked at beginning of game, "OK guys who's the all time QB?"— Robert Flores (@RoFloESPN) September 6, 2012
I wonder if the NFL's replacement refs will get into bar brawl w real refs & then sing "I Will Survive" while waiting in jail holding cell!— scott stanford (@scottstanford1) September 6, 2012
Maybe the NHL refs should be officiating these NFL games during the lockout— Zebra Problems (@ZebraProblems) September 6, 2012
Then there were reactions to the play on the field.
Even though Tony Romo had a great Week 1 outing, completing 22 passes for 309 yards, along with two touchdowns and an interception, Twitter did not hold back in roasting the Cowboys quarterback before and after the game.
What does a guy got to do to get some love!
Tony Romo is the best QB on the New York Giants #Interception— Men's Humor (@MensHumor) September 6, 2012
New football season, same Tony Romo. Don't ever change Romo, don't ever change--signed, all other NFL Teams— Tucker Max (@TuckerMax) September 6, 2012
Here's to hoping Tony Romo chokes just as bad this year as he did last year!— candice(@__candypants) September 5, 2012
The breakout performer during the first game of the NFL season, and possibly the week, was Kevin Ogletree. Ogletree, the Cowboys No. 3 wide receiver, came up huge for his team and is set to have a breakout year. He finished with eight catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
I think ESPN said it best with their Tweet midway through the game:
Safe to say Kevin Ogletree will be picked up by a few fantasy owners this week.— ESPN (@espn) September 6, 2012
The Giants become the first Super Bowl Champions to lose their regular season opener since the Denver Broncos in 1999. However, it's only one game, albeit an important one, but this does not spell doom for the former champs. They have enough talent to compete for a playoff spot and the NFL East crown, but they will have to find some support at cornerback.
The Cowboys showed off their weapons Wednesday night. Romo evaded pressure better than any other quarterback in the league, Miles Austin and Dez Bryant played big at wide receiver and DeMarco Murray had some highlight-tape-worthy runs. While they can celebrate Wednesday night's victory, it is the latter part of the season that the Cowboys have to worry about.
Are you excited for the start of NFL action? Does Tony Romo deserve all the hate thrown his way? Do you think Ogletree is going to be a big time contributor this year for fantasy owners? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!