Titans steal one from Steelers

Del Greco hits late field goal as Tennessee takes eighth straight

Posted: Monday, November 06, 2000

The Tennessee Titans won their eighth straight game the hard way Sunday, ending Pittsburgh's five-game winning streak 9-7 on Al Del Greco's 29-yard field goal with four seconds left.

The Titans improved to 8-1 for the first time in franchise history by overcoming their own mistakes. It looked like they would lose their first game since moving to Adelphia Coliseum when they hurt themselves with a season-high 14 penalties for 115 yards.

Kordell Stewart put the Steelers (5-4) up 7-6 when he found Mark Bruener for a 30-yard touchdown with 8:27 remaining. But Steve McNair connected with Derrick Mason on three passes, the biggest a 17-yard completion on fourth-and-8 at the Pittsburgh 42 with 2:12 remaining, to set up the winning kick.

Cardinals 16, Redskins 15

Aeneas Williams returned a fumble by Stephen Davis 103 yards for a touchdown, the second-longest fumble return in NFL history. MarTay Jenkins took the second-half kickoff 72 yards to set up Michael Pittman's 7-yard run for the other touchdown for Arizona (3-6).

Washington (6-4) had a 27-11 advantage in first downs and 331-178 in total yards, but Arizona's defense tightened when it counted most. The loss dropped the visitors 1 1/2 games behind the Giants in the NFC East.

The Cardinals (3-6) snapped a three-game losing streak and gave Dave McGinnis his first victory in his second game as interim head coach. The upset came two days before Maricopa County voters decide on a measure to build Arizona a new stadium.

Raiders 49, Chiefs 31

Rich Gannon threw for four touchdowns, two to Andre Rison, as the Oakland Raiders won their sixth straight on Sunday, opening a three-game lead in the AFC West.

Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland's top draft pick, made one practice kick in the pregame warmups then left the field because of a bacterial infection in his foot.

But host Oakland (8-1) didn't need him for its third straight victory against the Chiefs (5-4).

Gannon was 20-of-31 for 242 yards, hitting tight end Rickey Dudley for the two other scores. Elvis Grbac completed 39 of 53 passes for a career-high and Chiefs-record 504 yards.

Broncos 30, Jets 23

Brian Griese passed for 327 yards and two touchdowns, both to Ed McCaffrey, and Terrell Davis, returning from foot and ankle injuries that hobbled him since the season opener, rushed for 115 yards.

Bears 27, Colts 24

At Chicago, Jim Miller threw for 214 yards and a touchdown and Walt Harris returned an interception for a score as the Bears (2-7) jumped to a 27-0 lead, then watched as Peyton Manning almost brought back the Colts (6-3).

Buccaneers 27, Falcons 14

Keyshawn Johnson caught two touchdown passes for the visiting Buccaneers (5-4). Johnson hauled in a 5-yarder in the second quarter and a clinching 29-yarder in the fourth, doubling his TD output for the season. Last week, Johnson had six catches for a season-high 121 yards and a score in a 41-13 rout of previously unbeaten Minnesota.

Dolphins 23, Lions 8

Autry Denson returned the opening kickoff to Detroit's 46, then Lamar Smith ran for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage to jump-start the Dolphins (7-2), who led 14-0 before the Detroit offense got the ball.

Bills 16, Patriots 13, OT

Steve Christie, who kicked field goals in the final minute of regulation or overtime to decide three of Buffalo's four previous wins, did both for the visiting Bills (5-4).

Eagles 16, Cowboys 13, OT

Donovan McNabb threw for 241 yards and a touchdown, and David Akers kicked a 32-yard field goal in overtime for the Eagles (6-4).

Saints 31, 49ers 15

Jeff Blake threw three touchdown passes as New Orleans (6-3) opened a 28-0 halftime lead. The host Saints didn't punt until the fourth quarter.

Giants 24, Browns 3

Kerry Collins threw two of his three touchdown passes to Amani Toomer as the Giants (7-2) won their fourth straight. Ike Hilliard caught a 28-yard TD pass for the Giants, who are off to their best start since opening the 1990 season 10-0 en route to winning the Super Bowl.

Ravens 27, Bengals 7

Trent Dilfer threw three touchdown passes, ending one of the longest offensive slumps in modern NFL history, as the Ravens (6-4) rolled over the team that gave up Baltimore's last touchdown six weeks ago.

Seahawks 17, Chargers 15

Rookie Rian Lindell kicked a 48-yard field goal as time expired for Seattle, keeping San Diego winless.

Panthers 27, Rams 24

Marshall Faulk, after having his right knee drained before the game, joined injured quarterback Kurt Warner on the sidelines, and the combination was too much for St. Louis to overcome.

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