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Steelers end streak by the NE Patriots

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Boston had won 21 straight counting the playoffs and a league-record 18 in a row during the regular season until taking a 34-20 loss

AP , PITTSBURGH

Tiki Barber of the Giants runs with the ball against the Vikings in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Sunday. NY won 34-13.

PHOTO: AFP

So much for the longest winning streak in NFL history.

Ben Roethlisberger drove the Steelers to four scores following uncharacteristic New England turnovers and Pittsburgh ended the Patriots' two long winning streaks with a remarkably easy 34-20 victory Sunday.

Roethlisberger -- still unbeaten as an NFL starter -- threw two touchdown passes to Plaxico Burress in the first quarter.

Maybe all this winning was too much to ask of Boston-area teams. With running back Corey Dillon (knee) sitting out and Pro Bowl cornerback Ty Law (foot) sidelined for all but a few plays, the Patriots' winning streaks ended only four days after the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years.

Tom Brady threw two interceptions and lost a fumble, and New England lost its first game since a 20-17 defeat to Washington on Sept. 28, 2003. Roethlisberger upped his personal winning streak to 18. He won his final 13 at Miami of Ohio last season following an opening-game loss, and now is only the second rookie quarterback since the 1970 merger to win his first NFL five starts.

Mike Kruczek won six straight for the injured Terry Bradshaw for the 1976 Steelers, never once throwing a touchdown pass. Roethlisberger already has nine in what is fast becoming the best season by an NFL rookie QB since Dan Marino threw 20 touchdown passes and only six interceptions in 11 games for the 1983 Dolphins.

Roethlisberger finished 18-of-24 for 196 yards and no interceptions.

Next up for Pittsburgh is unbeaten Philadelphia. The Steelers' 6-1 start is their best since their '78 team was 7-0. It may be of little consolation, but New England's 6-1 record also equals the best start in franchise history.

Eagles 15, Ravens 10

In Philadelphia, Terrell Owens had an 11-yard touchdown catch and David Akers kicked three field goals helping the Eagles reach 7-0 for the first time in franchise history.

Owens, who made a few enemies in Baltimore after he spurned the Ravens and forced a trade to the Eagles in March, had eight catches for 101 yards. After breaking several tackles to score in the fourth quarter, Owens, known for his innovative celebrations, imitated the dance Baltimore's Ray Lewis does when he's introduced before home games. Baltimore (4-3) drove to Philadelphia's 48 in the final two minutes, but Boller's fourth-down pass was incomplete. Donovan McNabb completed 18 of 33 passes for 219 yards and a TD, and also scrambled for 36 yards, setting up two field goals with his runs. Akers kicked field goals of 20, 41 and 43.

Chiefs 45, Colts 35

In Kansas City, Missouri, Trent Green threw for 389 yards and three scores, two to tight end Tony Gonzalez, and Priest Holmes finished with 143 yards rushing and three touchdowns to help the Chiefs break a seven-game losing streak to the Colts.

Peyton Manning passed for 472 yards and five touchdowns. But with his team trying frantically to come back from a 10-point deficit, Manning's pass was intercepted by Greg Wesley in the end zone and returned 65 yards to seal the win.

Before Sunday, Kansas City (3-4) hadn't beaten Indianapolis since 1985. Kansas City won back-to-back games for the first time this year, while Indianapolis (4-3) lost its second straight. The Chiefs finished with 590 yards, the Colts with 505.

Falcons 41, Broncos 28

In Denver, Michael Vick threw two touchdown passes to Peerless Price and accounted for 367 yards of offense to help the Falcons set aside their 56-10 embarrassment at Kansas City last week.

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