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Panthers take Patriots down a notch

PRO FOOTBALL Carolina's Stephen Davis became the first running back to score three TDs against the Patriots since Curtis Martin did it in 2000


Panthers' Stephen Davis, top center, runs through Chad Brown, left, and Matt Chatham of the Patriots for his third touchdown of the game during the fourth quarter of Carolina's 27-17 win in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday.


The first NFL regular-season meeting between the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots since their thrilling Super Bowl was no reprise.

Neither team played that well, and Carolina did just enough to hand the New England Patriots a 27-17 loss Sunday.

Stephen Davis scored three touchdowns for the Panthers (1-1), who won in spite of Jake Delhomme. The quarterback was off all day and had an interception by Mike Vrable returned 24 yards for a touchdown. Delhomme finished 11-of-26 for 154 yards and no touchdowns.

"It wasn't a revenge game or a get-back game, because that was a long time ago," said Delhomme. "This was just a big win for us."

Davis ran for 77 yards and scored on three 1-yard plunges in his second game back from microfracture surgery on his right knee.

Tom Brady finished 23-of-44 for 270 yards, one interception and one fumble for the Patriots (1-1). He did throw a 1-yard TD pass to Deion Branch early in the first quarter, the 100th passing touchdown of his career.

"Do you think we're going to win any more games playing like this?" Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "We can't play like this. We have to play better. We have to coach better. This won't be good enough ... against anyone we play."

Colts 10, Jaguars 3

In Indianapolis, Edgerrin James ran for 128 yards, Ran Carthon scored on a 6-yard run midway through the fourth quarter and Indianapolis turned in a second straight solid defensive performance.

The victory gave Indianapolis (2-0) an early edge in the AFC South title chase.

Jacksonville (1-1) was the only team to beat Indianapolis at home last year, and nearly came back in the game's final two minutes.

Eagles 42, 49ers 3

In Philadelphia, Donovan McNabb threw four of his five touchdown passes in the first 19 minutes, including a pair to Terrell Owens.

McNabb played three quarters, finishing 23-of-29 for 342 yards and tying his career-best for TD passes. Owens had five catches for 143 yards -- all in the opening 19 minutes -- in his first game against his former team.

Chiefs 23, Raiders 17

In Oakland, California, Trent Green engineered two second-half field goal drives and the Chiefs stopped Oakland at the 10-yard line in the final minutes to spoil Randy Moss' home debut.

Kansas City overhauled its defense in the offseason after another season in which its high-scoring offense wasn't enough.

After taking a shutout into the final minute of a season-opening 27-7 win over the New York Jets, the Chiefs (2-0) proved to be just tough enough to beat the Raiders for the fifth straight time.

After Samie Parker's fumble set up a final drive for Oakland, Kerry Collins led the Raiders (0-2) to the 10 with 1:58 to go. He threw an incomplete pass to LaMont Jordan on third down and then lofted a last-ditch pass to Jerry Porter in the back corner of the end zone. Porter leaped and had the ball on his fingertips, but Benny Sapp knocked the ball away.

Steelers 27, Texans 7

In Houston, Ben Roethlisberger led Pittsburgh to scores on its first four drives -- a pair of field goals sandwiched around touchdown passes of 16 and 14 yards to Hines Ward -- and the Steelers cruised.

Willie Parker gained 111 yards on 25 carries with a touchdown for Pittsburgh.

In losing their home opener, the Texans (0-2) continued to look lost on offense, especially quarterback David Carr, who was 16-of-26 for 167 yards.

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