Saturday's NFL Exhibition Capsules
Sunday, August 28, 2011
DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns in less than a half, leading the Detroit Lions to a 34-10 preseason victory over the New England Patriots on Saturday night.
Tom Brady struggled, connecting on just over half of his passes for 145 yards with a TD and an interception for New England (2-1).
The Lions and their sellout crowd at Ford Field were clearly fired up for the nationally televised game against the elite Patriots.
Stafford and Detroit’s defensive front were impressive in the third preseason game, one that both teams treated like a real game for much of the first half.
The Lions (3-0) know they can’t get too excited about exhibition results because they were undefeated in the 2008 preseason and went on to become the NFL’s first 0-16 team.
Cowboys 23, Vikings 17
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gerald Sensabaugh had an interception and a hand in a special teams touchdown for Dallas, Tony Romo connected often with Dez Bryant, and the Cowboys beat Minnesota.
Testing out the new turf under the replaced roof at the Metrodome in the first game in the building since a snowstorm last December severely damaged the 29-year-old stadium, Donovan McNabb and the rest of Minnesota’s offensive starters were sharp.
But Sensabaugh stopped a long drive by diving to catch a pass batted at the line by Jason Hatcher for an interception at the Dallas 19 in the second quarter.
Just a few minutes earlier, Sensabaugh leaped high at the line and appeared to tip Ryan Longwell’s 47-yard field-goal attempt. Orlando Scandrick was in the backfield, too, and was officially credited with the block.
Alan Ball picked up the rolling ball and grabbed it again after losing control before running the remaining 20 yards for a score. Romo went 15 for 20 for 141 yards in one half, firing five passes for 67 yards to Bryant.
Dallas is 2-1, and Minnesota 1-2.
Steelers 34, Falcons 16
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown continued his electrifying preseason, catching four passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers’ victory over Atlanta.
Brown scored on passes of 77 and 44 yards from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and set up another touchdown with a lengthy kickoff return as Pittsburgh’s starters looked sharp for the second straight week.
Roethlisberger finished 11 of 16 for 214 yards and the two touchdowns in one half.
Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan squeezed an entire game’s worth of action into two quarters, completing 22 of 42 passes for 210 yards with a touchdown and an interception against a banged-up Pittsburgh secondary missing starting cornerbacks Bryant McFadden and Ike Taylor.
Pittsburgh improved to 2-1, and Atlanta dropped to 0-3.
Titans 14, Bears 13
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Seventh-round draft pick Tommie Campbell returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown to help Tennessee rally to beat .
The Bears (1-2) out gained the Titans (2-1) 416-220, but Tennessee came up with two interceptions. Campbell, a cornerback from Division II California (Pa.) picked off Caleb Hanie’s pass late in the third quarter and ran up the left sideline untouched to put Tennessee ahead to stay.
Chicago’s Jay Cutler played one series into the third quarter and was 13 of 21 for 170 yards with his one interception coming on the opening drive. Matt Forte ran 17 times for 74 yards and a touchdown, but Marion Barber hurt his calf early and did not return.
Texans 30, 49ers 7
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Schaub recovered after throwing an interception on the first play of the game, leading Houston on scoring drives in each of its next three series against rebuilding San Francisco.
Troy Nolan made two interceptions for new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, returning the first pick 73 yards for a touchdown to give the Texans 24 straight first-half points after they fell behind 7-0.
Schaub enhanced an already impressive preseason, going 16 for 24 for 180 yards and a touchdown for the unbeaten Texans (3-0). Alex Smith was 2 for 6 for 17 yards, just 4 more yards in the air than he lost in two sacks, for the 49ers (1-2).
Bills 35, Jaguars 32, OT
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Rian Lindell hit a 40-yard field goal with 3:04 left in overtime to lift Buffalo past Jacksonville in a game nearly 4 hours long.
Lindell’s kick came after Jacksonville’s Josh Scobee missed a 53-yard attempt.
It was a back-and-forth game in which Buffalo squandered a 17-point first-half lead and had to overcome a 15-point second-half deficit.
With much of the crowd gone by halftime, Tyler Thigpen forced overtime by hitting Paul Hubbard on a 4-yard touchdown pass with 38 seconds left, then hooking up again for a 2-point conversion.
Both teams are 1-2.
Broncos 23, Seahawks 20
DENVER (AP) — Kyle Orton led Denver back from a shaky start with two touchdown drives and the Broncos’ defense throttled Tarvaris Jackson in victory over Seattle.
Jeff Reed tied it at 20 with a 53-yard field goal with 1:16 left in regulation, but Tim Tebow had a 19-yard scramble in leading the Broncos downfield for Steven Haushka’s 51-yarder as time expired.
The Broncos (2-1) sacked Jackson five times, with Von Miller getting two and Elvis Dumervil 1 1/2. Dumervil missed last season after tearing a chest muscle in training camp shortly after parlaying his 17-sack season into a big contract. The Broncos sputtered without him and chose Miller out of Texas A&M with the second overall draft pick in April. Miller has three sacks in the preseason.
Seattle is 1-2.
Chargers 34, Cardinals 31
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Bryan Walters caught a 14-yard pass from Billy Volek with 3 seconds left to lift San Diego past Arizona.
The chemistry that Kevin Kolb and Larry Fitzgerald keep talking about was on full display early for the Cardinals. They connected on an 80-yard play for the quarterback’s first touchdown pass with his new team.
Philip Rivers completed 18 of 28 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers (2-1) as both teams played their first units well into the third quarter. Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, in his first game since Dec. 5, caught two passes for 18 yards, including a 13-yarder for a touchdown.
Patrick Peterson, Arizona’s top draft pick, intercepted Rivers’ pass and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown, and Andre Roberts scored on a 34-yard reverse for the Cardinals (1-2).
Buccaneers 17, Dolphins 13
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Rudy Carpenter threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Nathan Overbay with 3:11 remaining, giving Tampa Bay the victory over Miami.
Josh Freeman directed a TD drive just before the half to finish on a positive note. Connor Barth kicked a 28-yard field goal for the Bucs (2-1), who overcame 15 penalties in a performance not nearly as crisp as they’d hoped for coming off last week’s sloppy, lopsided loss to New England.
Brandon Marshall scored on a 60-yard reception from Chad Henne, and Dan Carpenter kicked field goals of 21 and 47 yards for the Dolphins (2-1), who were penalized 11 times themselves.
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