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Rally ho! Seahawks, Vikings manage wins

Comeback Day in the NFL featured Pittsburgh storming from behind at Baltimore (see story above), Seattle rallying against Tennessee, Minnesota's surge at Arizona and Da Coach coming back to face Da Bears.

Mike Ditka made a successful return to Soldier Field as coach of the New Orleans Saints, who defeated the Bears 20-17, dropping them to 0-6 for the first time since 1969 when they started 0-7 on the way to a 1-13 season.The Steelers, Seahawks and Vikings all rallied from big holes.

Steve Broussard, Seattle's third running back, had second-half touchdown runs of 77 and 43 yards and gained 138 yards on just six carries as the host Seahawks (3-3) rallied from a 10-0 halftime to beat the Oilers 16-13.

Minnesota trailed 19-10 in the fourth quarter but rallied to beat hapless Arizona 20-19, giving the Cardinals four losses by a total of 11 points.

Seahawks 16, Oilers 13

Tennessee lost for the fourth straight time after an opening day overtime win.

Trailing 10-0 at halftime, Seattle came back to tie the score at 10 in the third quarter on Todd Peterson's 38-yard field goal and Broussard's 77-yard touchdown run. Broussard was playing because of an injury to Chris Warren and Lamar Smith's ineffectiveness in the first half.

The game, because it was the first of the late games completed Sunday, was the 10,000th in NFL history.

Vikings 20, Cardinals 19

Eddie Murray kicked a 38-yard field goal with 10 seconds left for visiting Minnesota.

After Kevin Butler, who kicked four field goals for Arizona, missed from 31 yards with 52 seconds to play, Brad Johnson took the Vikings 62 yards in 37 seconds to get Murray in range. Earlier, Johnson pulled Minnesota to 19-17 with a 1-yard pass to Cris Carter.

Giants 20, Cowboys 17

Dallas' comeback attempt fell one second shy, and the Cowboys lost despite outgaining New York 428-166.

With the Cowboys trailing 20-9 with six minutes left, Troy Aikman threw a TD pass and a 2-point conversion pass to make it 20-17. Dallas then got the ball back and completed a pass to the 17 as the clock ran down.

With no timeouts, every Dallas player except Erik Williams got to the line of scrimmage for a spike play that would have set up a possible tying field goal, but the Cowboys could not get in a set position in time.

Tito Wooten intercepted two passes and took the first 61 yards for a go-ahead TD in the third quarter for the Giants.

Saints 20, Bears 17

Ditka won his first game against the franchise that fired him almost five years ago as Heath Shuler threw an 89-yard touchdown pass to Randal Hill with 5:39 to play.

Hill's leaping catch over Tom Carter, who was flagged for pass interference, came after the Saints (2-4) blew a 13-3 lead to the Bears (0-6).

Bills 22, Lions 13

Bruce Smith tripped up Barry Sanders in the end zone, the first time he's ever been tackled for a safety in his NFL career.

The safety broke a 13-13 tie with 2:12 left, two plays after Eric Smedley downed Chris Mohr's punt at the 1. Sanders then was tripped by Smith and tackled by Phil Hansen.

Dolphins 17, Chiefs 14

Miami held Kansas City scoreless in the final 31 minutes and Olindo Mare kicked a 26-yard field goal with 5:40 left to give the Dolphins (3-2) the win.


Eagles 24, Redskins 10

Ricky Watters, Charlie Garner and Kevin Turner combined for 202 yards rushing at Philadelphia (2-3). Watters had 104 yards and two TDs, and Ty Detmer was 17-of-27 for 246 yards and ran for a score.

Jaguars 21, Bengals 13

Mark Brunell threw three TD passes at Jacksonville (4-1), which got 160 yards rushing from an offense that managed just 110 yards in the past two games.

Jets 16, Colts 12

Adrian Murrell gained 99 yards on 30 carries, including a 24-yard touchdown run for the Jets (4-2), who won for the third straight time and improved to 3-1 on the road.

Chargers 25, Raiders 10

Greg Davis, expected to be cut after John Carney returns from an injury, tied Carney's team record with six field goals for San Diego (3-3) at Oakland.