DETROIT — Matthew Stafford took his first snap as a pro and perfectly executed a play-action pass.

The problem: Keary Colbert dropped the ball.

Welcome to the Detroit Lions, kid.

Stafford threw a touchdown, an interception and had some passes dropped in his pro debut that Detroit rallied to win 27-26 over the Atlanta Falcons on Jason Hanson's 47-yard field goal as time expired.

"They're going to drop some balls just like I'm going to miss some," he said. "I was excited. I felt like I had a good day."

Stafford, the No. 1 pick of the NFL's first 0-16 team, completed half of his 14 passes for 114 yards.

He was pressured into making a poor pass, which was intercepted and returned by Tony Gilbert for a score. He responded by leading an 80-yard drive that ended with him looking left, throwing right and taking a hit on a 25-yard TD pass to fellow rookie Derrick Williams.

Detroit coach Jim Schwartz was impressed with how Stafford bounced back quickly after making a mistake.

Schwartz plans to start Stafford in the second exhibition game, but told reporters not to read into anything regarding the QB competition.

"They don't put preseason games on your tombstone or your resume," Schwartz said.

Detroit's Daunte Culpepper was 5-of-6 for 41 yards and moved around enough to show he's healthy after a knee injury stunted his career.

"I feel like I've finally gotten back to the player I want to be," he said.The Falcons, meanwhile, just hope Matt Ryan and Michael Turner perform as they did last year for them and 10-time Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez and veteran linebacker Mike Peterson prove to be valuable additions.

In limited chances, each looked good.

Ryan was 5-of-7 for 33 yards. Turner ran for a 40-yard TD. Gonzalez caught a pass to convert a third down on the opening drive. Peterson had a team-high three tackles in the first quarter.

"We just didn't get the outcome that we wanted," coach Mike Smith said. "But I think there were some good things, some bad things and some ugly things."

The Lions scratched 16 players, including six projected starters and two of the team's top three picks, from the lineup with injuries. Schwartz said about half of those players would've played if it was the regular season.

Culpepper and Stafford didn't have any of their top three receivers, including Calvin Johnson, and were without first-round tight end Brandon Pettigrew.

That created opportunities and Colbert failed to take advantage, dropping three of Stafford's passes.

"I feel like I could have made every one of those plays," Colbert said. "That would have made his day look better from the outside, but he had a good day anyway."

Ryan is clearly the man under center for Atlanta after being drafted No. 3 overall, starting every game last season, becoming Offensive Rookie of the Year and leading the team to the playoffs.

"We were a little bit rusty," he said. "But that's what the preseason is for."

Turner, who also had a lot to do with Atlanta's surprising season, had 63 yards rushing on six carries and ran into a hole and through a couple defenders on a long TD that put Atlanta ahead 7-3.

"It always feels good to get back into the groove of things," he said.

Detroit took an early lead on Hanson's field goal. Sixth-round pick Aaron Brown gave the Lions a chance to go ahead again with a 32-yard run for a score in the third period and a 45-yard TD reception with 2:05 left, when he was flagged for celebrating with a flip.

"I don't have the size," the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Brown said. "But I make up for it with speed."

The Lions got the ball back with no timeouts at their 27 with 1:36 remainder and third-string quarterback Drew Stanton ran for 18 yards to set up Hanson's winning kick.

"I got goosebumps when Jason hit that," Schwartz said after his first game as a head coach at any level. Notes: Falcons CB Chris Houston (hamstring), DE Kroy Biermann (foot) and Lions LB Cody Spencer (knee) were injured during the game. ... Detroit is wearing "93" and "RS" decals on the back of its helmets this season, honoring former DT Corey Smith and director of security Ricky Sandoval, both of whom died earlier this year. Smith died in a boating accident in the Gulf of Mexico, and Sandoval passed away after a three-plus year battle with cancer.

BILLS 27, BEARS 20: At Orchard Park, N.Y., Jay Cutler came out throwing against Buffalo in his Bears preseason debut, missing as many attempts as he completed, not including the one he had intercepted. So much for the much-anticipated buzz — including all the No. 6 Bears jerseys sold — that centered on the Pro Bowl quarterback Chicago acquired in a blockbuster offseason trade with Denver.

The Bills' offense, even minus Terrell Owens, out nursing a sprained toe, was much more efficient in 80-plus-degree and muggy conditions. And Buffalo got plenty of help from its defense, which generated four turnovers, including two interceptions by rookie Ellis Lankster.

PACKERS 17, BROWNS 0: At Green Bay, Wis., Aaron Rodgers directed two long touchdown drives before departing, and Green Bay's new 3-4 defense gave Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson fits.

Quinn and Anderson got their first game action under new Browns coach Eric Mangini. Both could take some pointers from Rodgers, who went 5 of 10 for 102 yards and completed a 53-yard TD pass to Donald Driver on the opening drive.

Quinn was better than Anderson, though both threw interceptions as Cleveland looked far away from improving on last year's 4-12 mark, committing four turnovers and seven penalties.

TEXANS 16, CHIEFS 10: At Kansas City, Mo., while beating the Chiefs in heavy rain in the teams' first preseason game, Houston's starters looked sharp and quick, like the team that won five of its last six games in 2008. The Chiefs, for much of the night, sloshed around like the bunch who finished a franchise-worst 2-14 last season and created a job opening for new head coach Todd Haley.

Chris Brown scored Houston's only touchdown of the soggy night on a 2-yard run in the first quarter, capping a 94-yard drive behind Matt Schaub. Kris Brown added three field goals for the Texans. Schaub was 7-of-7 for 70 yards and looked impressive in a 94-yard touchdown drive that was aided by a penalty against Kansas City.

Matt Cassel, acquired in a winter trade with New England and locked up with a six-year, $63 million contract, played only three series and had spotty success in his first appearance before Chiefs fans. He tried five passes and completed two for 15 yards.

The Texans led 13-0 at halftime and 13-3 deep into the fourth quarter until Tyler Thigpen, the third Chiefs quarterback, hit Brad Cottam with a 1-yard TD pass.

TITANS 27, BUCCANEERS 20: At Nashville, Tenn., Kerry Collins was intercepted twice, while backup Vince Young threw for 131 yards and a touchdown, rallying the Titans. Tennessee's win spoiled the debut of new Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris.

Luke McCown got the start for Tampa Bay and struggled in a quarter against Tennessee's stingy defense. Byron Leftwich and rookie Josh Freeman weren't much better, with only Leftwich throwing a touchdown pass.

Tennessee had three sacks and two turnovers.

The game started with a moment of silence for the late Steve McNair, the winningest quarterback in Titans franchise history who was murdered July 4.

Each team scratched nine players, with Tampa Bay without both starting wide receivers because of injuries to Antonio Bryant and Michael Clayton. Tennessee was without All-Pro center Kevin Mawae, who remains on the physically unable to perform list, and right tackle David Stewart was a late scratch.