Pittsburgh warms new stadium with preseason victory over Detroit

Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2001

PITTSBURGH -- The Detroit Lions didn't score until there were 25 seconds left as the Pittsburgh Steelers opened their new stadium by getting strong play from quarterbacks Kordell Stewart and Tommy Maddox in a 20-7 victory Saturday.

Neither of Detroit's two Pittsburgh-area quarterbacks, Charlie Batch or Mike McMahon, had a good day as the Lions barely averted their first preseason shutout since a 34-0 loss to Oakland in 1975.

Stewart was 12-of-15 for 135 yards before being lifted late in the second quarter, completing three passes on third-and-long to lead a 96-yard scoring drive that ended with Jerome Bettis' 1-yard scoring run late in the first quarter.

Jets 17, Giants 14

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Vinny Testaverde passed for 148 yards and a touchdown in a first-half test for the West Coast offense, leading the New York Jets to a victory over the New York Giants.

Testaverde, who completed 12 of 17 passes, engineered an 81-yard first-quarter drive in 15 plays for the first touchdown allowed by the Giants (1-2) in three preseason games.

Testaverde completed 24- and 15-yard passes to Laveranues Coles and a 17-yarder to Wayne Chrebet before Chrebet snatched a 4-yard pass in the corner of the end zone with 1:05 left in the quarter.

Packers 17, Dolphins 12

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- DeMond Parker set up his own 4-yard touchdown run with a 54-yard scamper as Green Bay overcame a mistake-prone offense and four field goals by Olindo Mare to beat Miami.

Trailing 12-10, the Packers drove 95 yards in seven plays behind quarterback Doug Pederson for the go-ahead touchdown with 6:07 left.

Mare, who missed practice time last week with a sore right foot, made four of five field goal attempts, the last of which gave Miami a 12-10 lead in the third quarter.

The Packers (1-2) scored on their first two possessions, including the first touchdown by the starters during the preseason, and took an early 10-0 lead. But they gained just 20 yards in their next five possessions behind Brett Favre.

Bills 20, Bengals 10

CINCINNATI -- Scott Mitchell was sacked for a safety and threw two interceptions that set up scores as Buffalo beat Cincinnati in a mistake-filled game.

The Bengals (1-2) were getting their last chance to pick a passer. Mitchell, making his first start, was no better than his predecessors Jon Kitna and Akili Smith, completing 8 of 19 for 97 yards in the first half.

Erik Flowers sacked Mitchell for a safety in the first quarter, and Antoine Winfield intercepted two poorly thrown balls.

Cardinals 24, Bears 20

CHICAGO --Chris Greisen hit Tywan Mitchell on a 45-yard, fourth-down pass to set up Marcel Shipp's 2-yard TD run with 1:01 left as Arizona beat Chicago.

Paul Edinger kicked a 38-yard field goal with 2:56 left to give the Bears a 20-17 lead, and Chicago (1-3) appeared to have the game won with Arizona facing a fourth-and-20 near midfield.

Skip Hicks broke off a 17-yard TD run against the Cards' backup defense to give the Bears a 17-14 third-quarter lead after they'd trailed 14-0 at the half.

Bucs 20, Patriots 3

TAMPA, Fla. -- Brad Johnson threw for 117 yards and two touchdowns in just over a half as Tampa Bay's offense finally showed signs of life in a 20-3 preseason victory over New England.

Johnson completed 14 of 22 passes while building a 13-3 lead with TD passes to Aaron Stecker and Jacquez Green.

Tampa Bay's starting offense scored a total of six points in the team's first two exhibitions, but played with a greater sense of urgency in outgaining the Patriots 227 yards to 83 before leaving the game early in the third quarter.

Drew Bledsoe played nearly three quarters for New England (2-1) and completed 10 of 21 passes for 82 yards. The Bucs sacked him three times and added two sacks and an interception off Bledsoe's backup, Damon Huard.

Seahawks 28, 49ers 18

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Hasselbeck, in his first game since signing a $24 million contract, led the Seahawks on three straight touchdown drives to open Seattle's victory over San Francisco.

After completing eight of his first 10 passes as Seattle jumped to a 21-0 lead in the first 12 minutes, Hasselbeck finished the first half 10-for-15 for 116 yards and three TDs.

Charlie Rogers beat 49ers rookie Rashad Holman in the end zone for a 21-yard TD reception just 89 seconds into the game. Moments later, Hasselbeck led the Seahawks (1-2) on a 90-yard drive culminating in Darrell Jackson's 12-yard TD catch.

Broncos 31, Saints 24

DENVER -- Terrell Davis, dogged by injuries since his 1998 MVP season, ran for 34 yards on 11 carries in his first game in nine months as Denver won its inaugural game at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Even if healthy, Davis, who has not played since Nov. 13, will be pressed to keep his starting job. Backups Olandis Gary and Mike Anderson have been steady throughout the preseason and combined for 121 yards.

Michael Lewis, who drove a beer truck to supplement his income as an Arena League player the past three years, had a 74-yard punt return for a touchdown for New Orleans (1-2).

Chargers 13, Rams 10, OT

SAN DIEGO -- Rookie Drew Brees went from awful to outstanding, helping the San Diego Chargers beat the St. Louis Rams in overtime.

Brees threw a game-tying touchdown pass with 3:05 left in regulation, then moved the Chargers into range for Wade Richey to kick a 22-yard field goal with 6:19 left in overtime.

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