Lions score impressive win over Pats

DETROIT — 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

At Minneapolis, 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.

Steelers 34, Falcons 16

At Pittsburgh, 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.

Titans 14, Bears 13

At Nashville, Tenn., 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.

Texans 30, 49ers 7

At San Francisco, 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).

Bills 35, Jaguars 32, OT

At Orchard Park, N.Y., 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.

Broncos 23, Seahawks 20

At Denver, 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 11/2;. 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.

Chargers 34, Cardinals 31

At Glendale, Ariz., 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.

Buccaneers 17, Dolphins 13

At Tampa, Fla., 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.

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