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JAGUARS SHOCK STEELERS FOR SECOND-STRAIGHT WIN

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This was supposed to be an automatic loss for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Expansion teams aren't expected to beat Super Bowl contenders. The Pittsburgh Steelers were going to blitz the Jaguars back to reality a week after the first victory in franchise history.

Surprise!Jacksonville made it two wins in a row Sunday with a stunning 20-16 triumph over the Steelers, who drove into Jaguars' territory three times in the final nine minutes - getting as close as the 7-yard line - but failed to score.

"To be the best, you have to beat the best," Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin said. "That's the way we looked at it."

The Jaguars (2-4) rallied to win at Houston 17-16 the previous week, but this one carried more meaning. After all, the Oilers were 2-14 last season, while Pittsburgh was an AFC-best 12-4.

"This is much better," cornerback Mickey Washington said. "This is a big plus for the team, especially the young guys who maybe didn't have much faith or didn't have anything to relate to."

Mark Brunell, who took the quarterback job from Steve Beuerlein by coming off the bench to throw a last-minute touchdown pass in the victory over the Oilers, threw for 189 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked four times, but also managed to scramble to 44 yards.

"With a win like this comes a lot of confidence," Brunell said. "I'm gaining confidence in my own ability and with those around me. Everyone is becoming more familiar with each other and that's helping. I'm excited with the direction we're going."

So are the fans, who at the beginning of the season were just happy to have an NFL team after nearly two decades of seeking one. Now, the fans are setting their sights higher.

"Wild card! Wild card!" many in the crowd of 72,042 chanted as the Jaguars strutted off the field to the Queen song "We Are The Champions."

Coughlin was criticized by some when he benched Beuerlein without letting him play an entire game. But Brunell made the decision look good, directing the Jaguars to 267 yards - 52 above their league-low average - and the most points in franchise history despite steady pressure from the "Blitzburgh" Steelers.

The Steelers appeared to underestimate the Jaguars, who jumped to a 14-0 lead by early in the second quarter and then held on.

"I really feel Pittsburgh came in here with the wrong attitude, like all they had to do is show up and they could roll over us," said Brian DeMarco, the Jaguars' rookie right tackle.

Jacksonville, an 11-point underdog, set the tone on the first possession, driving 89 yards on seven plays capped off by Brunell's 10-yard touchdown pass to Cedric Tillman just 4:42 into the game.

Jacksonville (2-4) made it 14-0 in the first minute of the second quarter when James Stewart ran 6 yards for his first career touchdown.

Pittsburgh was stopped twice on fourth down in the final nine minutes, the most critical stop coming at the Jaguars' 7. Bam Morris needed only 1 yard, but was stopped for no gain.

Facing a fourth-and-2 at the Jacksonville 44 with less than two minutes to go, quarterback Neil O'Donnell rolled to his left and appeared to have plenty of room to run for the first down.

But O'Donnell, making his first appearance since suffering a broken finger in Week 1, slowed to attempt a pass and was blindsided by Joel Smeenge just as he threw.

Colts 27, Dolphins 24, OT

At Miami, Jim Harbaugh closed an 18-point gap with three late touchdown passes, leading Indianapolis to an overtime victory over previously unbeaten Miami.

Harbaugh hit TD passes of 3, 47 and 21 yards to tie the game 24-24 with 1:17 remaining.

On the first drive of the overtime, Harbaugh marched the Colts downfield to set up Cary Blanchard's 27-yard field goal. Harbaugh finished 25-for-33 for 319 yards.

Giants 27, Cardinals 21, OT

At East Rutherford, N.J., linebacker Jessie Armstead intercepted Dave Krieg's pass and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown 4:05 into overtime giving New York a victory over Arizona.

The turnover was the third in overtime and the seventh of the game. Armstead put an end to the miscues by catching Krieg's pass in the middle of the field and running up the left sidelines almost untouched.

The Giants had a chance to win earlier after linebacker Mike Croel forced a Krieg fumble at the Cardinals 35, but Lorenzo Lynch forced a fumble by Dave Brown on a sack two plays later.

Bears 31, Panthers 27

At Chicago, the Panthers (0-5) seemed so close to victory when Eric Guliford returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown with 2:37 left, giving Carolina a 27-24 lead at Soldier Field.

But their hopes for a first win faded when Erik Kramer led the Bears (3-2) on a 10-play, 60-yard drive capped by Robert Green's 1-yard TD run with 38 seconds left.

"We were close at the end," Carolina's Greg Kragen said. "We had a chance to win it. When it doesn't happen, it hurts."

Bucs 19, Bengals 16

At Tampa Bay, Michael Husted kicked Tampa Bay into first place, hitting a 53-yard field goal with 29 seconds left.

With the Buccaneers defense forcing six turnovers, Husted finished with four field goals in six attempts, and Errict Rhett had a 2-yard scoring run in the first half.

Tampa Bay (4-2) last won four of its first six games in 1990 before losing six in a row and finishing 6-10. The victory, coupled with Green Bay's loss to Dallas, put Tampa Bay atop the NFC Central.

Bills 29, Jets 10

At Orchard Park, N.Y., Buffalo's Bruce Smith knocked New York quarterback Boomer Esiason out of the game in the second quarter with a concussion. Thurman Thomas rushed for 133 yards, and Steve Christie kicked five field goals.

Buffalo (4-1), which won its fourth straight, played sloppy on offense much of the day, but scored 10 points during a 10-second span late in the first half. Then the Bills ran away from the Jets (1-5) in the second half.

Cowboys 34, Packers 24

At Irving, Texas, Green Bay wishes Troy Aikman's injury would have kept him out a little longer.

Nursing a sore right calf muscle and lacking a solid week of practice, Aikman threw two touchdown passes to lead host Dallas (5-1) to its sixth consecutive victory over the Packers (3-2).

Aikman said he was extremely doubtful for the game, but a week of constant ice wraps, massages and electrical stimulus treatments, along with Green Bay secondary lapses, proved a perfect remedy. He hit 24 of 31 passes for 316 yards, his ninth NFL passing day of 300 yards or more and fourth against the Packers.

Eagles 37, Redskins 34, OT

At Philadelphia, Washington rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to send the game into overtime, but Gary Anderson's third field goal, a 35-yarder with 10:06 gone in OT, decided another tight finish.

It was the sixth-straight time one of their games was decided in the final seconds.

Vikings 23, Oilers 17, OT

At Minneapolis, after Warren Moon threw two first-half touchdown passes and two second-half interceptions, an interception by Dewayne Washington set up Robert Smith's 20-yard touchdown run in Minnesota's victory over visiting Houston.

Washington's interception came off backup Will Furrer, who replaced Chris Chandler, who appeared to hurt his throwing shoulder on Ed McDaniel's sack with 18 seconds left in regulation.

Houston (2-4) now has lost 18 of 22 games since trading Moon to the Vikings (3-2) for two draft picks in April 1994.

Lions 38, Browns 20

At Pontiac, Mich., Barry Sanders rushed for 157 yards and three touchdowns Sunday, including a 75-yard dash in Detroit's victory over slumping Cleveland.

It was the most touchdowns for Sanders since Nov. 24, 1991, when he scored four at Minnesota. Sanders, who also scored from 11 and 2 yards, now has gone over 100 yards 43 times during his NFL career.

Scott Mitchell kept Cleveland off-balance, completing 24 of 38 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns with one interception as the Lions (2-3) continued their comeback from an 0-3 start. Herman Moore caught nine for 125 yards.

Raiders 34, Seahawks 14

At Oakland, Calif., Harvey Williams rushed for a career-high 160 yards on 19 carries, ran for a score and threw for another as the Oakland defeated Seattle for its third straight rout.

The Raiders (5-1), who stopped the Seahawks on a goal-line stand in the final minute of the game, have outscored opponents 129-41 in the last three weeks.

Williams had a 25-yard scoring run and passed 13 yards to tight end Andrew Glover for a touchdown. Jeff Hostetler had two TD passes, 80 yards to Tim Brown and 16 yards to Kerry Cash. Jeff Jaeger added two field goals.