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Patriots beat Steelers in final second

AMERICAN FOOTBALL Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers took his first loss in 16 starts during the regular season

AP , PITTSBURGH

Quarterback Tom Brady, top right, of the Patriots gives instructions at the line of scrimmage as safety Mike Logan, standing left, of the Steelers looks on during the first quarter at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sunday. New England defeated Pittsburgh 23-20. Brady completed his last 12 passes and went 31-of-41 for 372 yards.

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Adam Vinatieri's 43-yard field goal with 1 second remaining gave the New England Patriots a 23-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL on Sunday.

"They showed us today why they're the champs," Steelers linebacker Larry Foote said.

Tom Brady completed his last 12 passes and went 31-of-41 for 372 yards, while Corey Dillon scored from the 7 early in the fourth quarter to give the Patriots a 20-13 lead.

New England was within one play of winning when Chad Scott, cut by Pittsburgh after last season, was called for pass interference against Quincy Morgan on a fourth-and-11 play from the Steelers' 27. One play later, Ben Roethlisberger threw his second scoring pass to Hines Ward from the 4 to tie it at 20 with 1:21 remaining.

"Our coaches always get us in situations where we can make plays," said New England's David Givens, who made nine catches for 130 yards. "There always seems to be time for us to come back."

The Patriots (2-1), coming off a loss at Carolina, held Willie Parker, coming off consecutive 100-yard games, to 55 yards rushing. Roethlisberger now has his first loss in 16 regular-season starts, going 12-of-28 for 216 yards. He threw an 85-yard touchdown pass to Ward, the longest TD pass against the Patriots since an 86-yarder by Kansas City in 1990.

Eagles 23, Raiders 20

At Philadelphia, David Akers, fighting through a strained right hamstring, kicked a 23-yard field goal with 9 seconds left for Philadelphia.

Donovan McNabb, playing with chest and groin injuries, threw for 365 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles (2-1), while Brian Westbrook caught a TD pass, ran for a score and had 140 yards receiving. Terrell Owens had nine catches, including his 100th career touchdown.

Kerry Collins threw a 27-yard TD pass to Doug Gabriel to bring the Raiders into a 20-20 tie with 2:17 left. Westbrook caught passes of 13 and 17 yards, Greg Lewis made a 13-yard catch on third-and-9 and Owens had a 14-yard reception to set up Akers' kick.

Akers reinjured his hamstring on the opening kickoff, but came back to make two extra points and the winning field goal in the second half.

Randy Moss had five catches for 86 yards, but didn't score as Oakland fell to 0-3 for the first time since 1992.

Buccaneers 17, Packers 16

At Green Bay, Wisconsin, Tampa Bay's Carnell "Cadillac" Williams broke Alan Ameche's NFL record for most yards in his first three NFL games by rushing 37 times for 158 yards.

Green Bay's Ryan Longwell missed an extra point for the first time in 157 attempts, and that was the difference as the Packers fell to 0-3 for the first time since Brett Favre was a sophomore at Southern Mississippi in 1988.

The Buccaneers, 3-0 for the first time since 2000, got two touchdown receptions from Joey Galloway and two interceptions from Will Allen in snapping a 13-game road losing streak to the Packers. Their last win at Green Bay came on Sept. 10, 1989.

Williams, the first NFL rookie to start his career with three straight 100-yard games, has 434 yards rushing, besting Ameche's mark of 410 set in 1955 for the Baltimore Colts.

Dolphins 27, Panthers 24

At Miami, Lance Schulters intercepted Jake Delhomme with 2 minutes left to set up Olindo Mare's game-winning field goal.

Carolina's Steve Smith had 11 catches for 170 yards and three touchdowns. His 53-yard score midway through the fourth quarter tied the score at 24.

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