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YOUNG GUIDES 49ERS TO VICTORY

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Steve Young completed all seven of his passes and ran for a touchdown and Merton Hanks stopped a threat with an interception in San Francisco's 17-10 exhibition victory over Carolina on Saturday night.

Young played just over a quarter, finishing with a 6-yard scramble for a score 45 seconds into the second period. He completed five passes for 67 yards during the 11-play, 83-yard drive and threw for 72 yards overall.John Taylor's 21-yard reception gave San Francisco (2-2) a first-and-goal at the 9. Two plays later, with his receivers covered, Young ran up the middle untouched for the score.

Ricky Ervins, competing with Derek Loville and Derrick Moore for backfield playing time, swept right for a 2-yard scoring run with 3:08 left in the third. Ervins stepped out of Shawn Price's attempted tackle behind the line of scrimmage and outraced Carlton Bailey to the corner of the end zone.

Frank Reich, named Carolina's starting quarterback this week, was 9-for-17 for 78 yards, but saw the Panthers' opening drive ruined by Hanks' interception. Hanks, who has four interceptions in his last three games, was 3 yards deep in the end zone when he cut in front of Eric Guliford to snare Reich's pass and returned it to San Francisco's 16.

John Kasay converted his 12th straight field goal, a 23-yarder with 11:30 left in the second quarter to pull Carolina (2-2) within 7-3. He was short with a 61-yard try as time expired in the first half and a 37-yard try with 10:55 remaining missed wide right.

Carolina rookie Kerry Collins, who entered the game in the fourth quarter, threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Dwight Stone with 1:53 left to finish the scoring. It was Collins first TD pass in four games.

Giants 32, Jets 31

At East Rutherford, N.J., Omar Douglas turned a desperation pass tipped by defender Anthony Prior into an 80-yard touchdown and Keith Elias ran in the 2-point conversion Saturday night, giving the New York Giants a stunning 32-31 exhibition victory over the New York Jets.

Quarterback Kent Graham, scrambling around, flung the ball downfield and Prior settled under it for a game-clinching interception. Instead, he tipped the ball into the air, Douglas grabbed it at the Jets' 35 and sped into the end zone with 22 seconds to go.

Rather than force overtime with a placement, the Giants (3-0) went for 2, and got it.

Adrian Murrell's 1-yard touchdown run with 44 seconds left, one of several big plays by the third-year running back, lifted the Jets ahead 31-24.

Murrell earlier returned a punt 56 yards for a TD and set up the go-ahead score with a 24-yard reception on third-and-5. He also rushed for 44 yards on eight carries.

Colts 20, Packers 17

At Green Bay, Wis., Indianapolis coach Ted Marchibroda insists he doesn't have a quarterback controversy on his hands.

"Let's start one," backup Jim Harbaugh joked after engineering the Colts' second straight late comeback Saturday at Lambeau Field.

Harbaugh, whose touchdown with 45 seconds left last week lifted the Colts over Seattle, showed the poise under pressure that starter Craig Erickson lacked in guiding Indianapolis past Green Bay 20-17 in overtime.

"Jim did a great job again," Marchibroda said. "He had to do many things. He had to get us eight points to begin with. He brought us back twice. We missed one field goal and he brought us back again for the win.

"Our quarterback situation seems to be panning out."

Mike Cofer, who missed a 40-yard field goal with 13 seconds left in regulation, hit a 20-yarder 3:30 into overtime.

Cofer's fourth field goal atoned for two earlier misses and came after Green Bay backup quarterback Ty Detmer fumbled at his 33 and Derwin Gray recovered his second fumble.

Harbaugh, who started nine games for the Colts last year but was moved to backup when Indianapolis (2-1) lured Erickson from Tampa Bay, hit running back Lamont Warren for 30 yards to the 3, setting up Cofer's game-winner.

Harbaugh found rookie running back Zack Crockett for a 3-yard TD with 1:45 left in regulation. His two-point conversion pass to Warren tied it at 17.

Harbaugh was 15-of-24 for 187 yards and ran four times for 30 more. But before his big plays against reserves, Green Bay's offensive and defensive units excelled in the final two minutes of the first half.

Brett Favre, who was 13-of-20 for 159 yards, gave Green Bay a 17-6 lead with a pair of TD throws in the final 1:47 of the first half.

Dolphins 27, Redskins 13

At Miami, the Miami Dolphins lost five players with injuries, including defensive stalwarts Bryan Cox and Troy Vincent, while beating the Washington Redskins 27-13 in an exhibition game Saturday night.

Cox, a Pro Bowl linebacker, sprained a ligament in his right knee. Vincent bruised his right quadricep. The severity of the injuries wasn't immediately known.

Starting fullback Robert Wilson, reserve running back Irving Spikes and reserve cornerback Frankie Smith were also hurt.

Miami's Dan Marino bounced back from his poorest showing since high school, throwing for 140 yards and a touchdown in 21/2 quarters. Louis Oliver scored on a 97-yard interception return of a pass by Redskins second-year quarterback Heath Shuler.

For the third consecutive game, Shuler failed to throw for a touchdown. He was 13-of-26 for 157 yards with two interceptions and left the game midway through the fourth quarter with the score 27-6.

Replacement Gus Frerotte threw his third touchdown pass of the preseason, hitting Olanda Truitt with a 29-yarder against Miami's reserves.

Bucs 20, Steelers 7

At Tampa, Fla., Trent Dilfer continued to make strides leading Tampa Bay's offense on Saturday night, throwing for 197 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers' 20-7 exhibition victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The second-year quarterback wasn't as sharp as he was in directing a 24-point victory over Cincinnati last week, but he did finish well enough against the Steelers reserves to complete 10 passes in 19 attempts. He was intercepted twice.

Falcons 19, Browns 10

At Atlanta, Bobby Hebert hit Mario Bailey with a 45-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and Morten Andersen made four field goals Saturday night, leading the Atlanta Falcons a 19-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

The Falcons defense did an outstanding job of shutting down Cleveland's running game that had been so effective in a 55-13 victory over Chicago on Monday night. The Browns netted 76 yards on 24 carries.

Andersen's field goals covered 52, 28, 32 and 33 yards, running his exhibition mark to eight in a row before he missed to the right on a 36-yard attempt with 6:22 left in the game.

The Falcons (2-1) trailed the Browns (1-2) only once - when Cleveland's Georgia connection produced a 10-9 lead on Eric Zeier's 11-yard touchdown pass to Andre Rison with 6:14 remaining in the first half.

Zeier, the rookie from Georgia who got his second consecutive start while Vinny Testaverde recovers from an injury, completed 12 of 24 passes for 123 yards and had his first interception on his 48th preseason attempt - by Anthony Phillips in the third quarter.

Chiefs 36, Bills 10

At Kansas City, Steve Bono, bidding to replace a quarterback many would call irreplaceable, threw three touchdown passes Saturday night in Kansas City's 36-10 exhibition victory over Buffalo.

Playing almost three full quarters, the hand-picked successor to the retired Joe Montana clicked on 19 of 27 passes for 226 yards. He hit touchdown tosses of 11 yards to tight end Keith Cash and 13 to fullback Tony Richardson as the Chiefs took a 17-3 first-half lead before the largest crowd for an exhibition game in Arrowhead Stadium since 1972.

Then, climaxing a crisp 80-yard march early in the third quarter, the 11-year veteran who's never been a starter found Danan Hughes on the back edge of the end zone for another 13-yard scoring play and a 24-3 lead.

Chargers-Oilers canceled

At Houston, a preseason game between the Houston Oilers and San Diego Chargers was canceled Saturday night because the artificial turf at the Astrodome was considered unsafe for play.

The game was canceled more than an hour after the scheduled 7:30 p.m. CDT start and will not be rescheduled.