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Falcons kick their way past Ravens in preseason action


Atlanta newcomer Todd Peterson made three field goals and Ty Detmer threw an 18-yard pass to Mark Anelli for the lone touchdown in the Falcons' 16-3 exhibition victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night.

Michael Vick played two series in the first quarter, then called it a night. Two years ago, the star quarterback broke his leg in a preseason game against the Ravens, costing him the first 11 weeks of the regular season while Atlanta tumbled to 5-11.

Vick directed a 78-yard drive on the Falcons' second possession. He completed two passes for 32 yards and benefited from a 32-yard pass-interference call on Chris McAlister. But Deion Sanders caught Vick on a blitz, knocking the ball loose and recovering it himself at the Baltimore 18.

Peterson, a former Georgia kicker who signed with the Falcons during the offseason to replace Jay Feely, connected from 29, 34 and 27 yards. He missed a 46-yarder.

Jaguars 27, Dolphins 17

At Jacksonville, Florida, David Allen returned a punt 76 yards for a score, and Ernest Wilford caught a 19-yard touchdown pass that ricocheted off a teammate to help Jacksonville beat Miami.

Byron Leftwich was 3-of-7 in a little more than a quarter of work. Good thing, too. Had he played any longer, he might have gotten hurt. Leftwich was sacked four times on 11 pass plays, a bad sign for a unit that vowed to score more points after finishing last in the AFC and 29th in the league in scoring last season.

Miami had limited success on offense, with Ricky Williams running six times for 39 yards and Chris Chambers making a 16-yard circus catch. Quarterbacks Gus Frerotte and A.J. Feeley did little to separate themselves in the team's most hype position battle, and the offensive line continued to look lost against stunts and blitzes.

Frerotte was 6-of-14 for 51 yards, and Feeley was 6-of-13 for 60 yards with an interception. Sage Rosenfels and Brock Berlin each directed a fourth-quarter TD drive.

Broncos 20, Texans 14

At Houston, Todd Devoe broke free with a short pass from Matt Mauck, then scampered 92 yards late in the fourth quarter to lift Denver past Houston.

Devoe, who spent his rookie year last year on Baltimore's practice squad, broke a tackle inside his own 20, then raced down the sideline with 4:18 to go.

The score came after quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt, who played more than half the game, improved his chances to secure a backup spot in Denver by leading the Broncos to a pair of field goals by Jason Elam.

Van Pelt, who completed 10 of 17 passes for 107 yards, spent all of last season on the practice squad and hadn't appeared in a game since last preseason. He took over early in the second quarter for Jake Plummer, who played three series and tossed a 3-yard TD pass to tight end Stephen Alexander that tied the game at 7.

Panthers 28, Redskins 10

At Charlotte, former Washington receiver Rod Gardner had a 21-yard touchdown catch on Carolina's first drive to help the Panthers extend their preseason winning streak to 10 games.

Unhappy with his role in Washington's offense, Gardner asked the Redskins to trade him in January. It took them until late last month to pull off a deal with the Panthers, who gave up a sixth-round pick for him just days before training camp opened.

Gardner opened the game with a 10-yard catch to start Carolina's drive, then Steve Smith added two catches for 18 yards. Gardner put the Panthers on the board on their ninth play when he raced into the end zone as Jake Delhomme was under pressure.

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