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Fuamatu-Ma’afala leads Steelers to win

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PITTSBURGH — Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, seemingly the forgotten man in Pittsburgh's backfield, scored the Steelers' only touchdown and set up Kris Brown's winning field goal with a 50-yard run in a 13-10 comeback preseason victory over the Miami Dolphins on Saturday night.

The Dolphins went without a touchdown until the third quarter, an inept performance offset by an even more dismal showing by a still-struggling Steelers offense that finished with minus-5 yards passing.

Fuamatu-Ma'afala provided about the only offensive excitement, scoring the tying touchdown on a 3-yard run with 6:41 left, then running 50 yards to the 15 before Brown's 21-yard game-winner with 1:34 remaining.

RAVENS 16, EAGLES 13: At Baltimore, Shannon Sharpe caught a touchdown pass in his Baltimore debut, and the Ravens opened their preseason by beating Philadelphia.

Matt Stover snapped a tie with a 42-yard field goal with 2:43 to go, and Anthony Poindexter sealed the win with an interception. It was the ninth straight preseason win over three seasons for the Ravens, who went 4-0 in both 1998 and 1999.

Donovan McNabb played into the third quarter for Philadelphia (0-2), completing 12-of-19 passes for 104 yards and a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Chad Lewis.

SEAHAWKS 28, COLTS 16: At Seattle, Shaun Alexander, drafted to give veteran running back Ricky Watters some help, scored two touchdowns in his Seattle debut.

The Seahawks played their exhibition opener at University of Washington's Husky Stadium, where they will play their home games for two seasons. A new $430 million outdoor football stadium is being built for the team at the site of the Kingdome, which was imploded on March 26.

Alexander, the 19th pick in April from Alabama, tallied on a pair of inspiring 11-yard runs after the Colts (0-2) took a 7-0 lead.

The starting quarterbacks played only in the first quarter. In three series, Indianapolis' Peyton Manning was 1-for-3 for 20 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Seattle's Jon Kitna was 5-for-7 for 36 yards with no TDs and one interception.

TITANS 14, CHIEFS 10: At Nashville, Tenn., Tennessee showed off new receiver Carl Pickens, and the AFC champions ended a preseason losing skid to Kansas City.

Pickens practiced with the Titans for the first time only five days ago after signing a five-year, $20 million contract. He picked up enough that he played with the starters for the first two series and caught two passes, including a 2-yarder from Steve McNair that tied the game at 7.

Rodney Thomas' 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter turned out to be the game-winner as the Titans beat the Chiefs in an exhibition for the first time since the AFL-NFL merger. The former Houston Oilers hadn't won since 1963, losing eight consecutive exhibitions to the Chiefs.

Elvis Grbac was nearly perfect for Kansas City. He was 8-for-9 passing for 63 yards, including a 16-yard TD toss to Tony Gonzalez on the opening drive.

RAMS 31, RAIDERS 17: At St. Louis, Kurt Warner was back in MVP form for St. Louis, producing a quick touchdown on his only drive in a victory over Oakland. Warner was in for only seven plays but made them count.

Isaac Bruce and Warner connected for a 26-yard score with 9:31 left in the first quarter, with Bruce slipping two tackles en route to the end zone. Bruce also caught a 21-yarder and Torry Holt caught a pair of 9-yarders.

Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski, the team's first-round pick, made a 46-yard field goal with several yards to spare near the end of the half, but his 35-yard attempt in the third quarter hit the left upright.

BEARS 20, GIANTS 8: At East Rutherford, N.J., Mark Hartsell, attempting to get back into football after missing the last three seasons, guided Chicago to 10 third-quarter points in a preseason win over New York.

Hartsell, who got extra playing time because of an injury to quarterback Jim Miller, gave the Bears a 10-8 lead with a go-ahead 3-yard touchdown pass to Macey Brooks, a score set up by linebacker Rosevelt Colvin's interception near midfield.

SAINTS 25, VIKINGS 24: At Minneapolis, Doug Brien's fourth field goal, a 49-yarder as time expired, lifted the New Orleans Saints to the preseason victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

Vikings receiver Randy Moss injured his left shoulder in the first half and left the Metrodome in the fourth quarter for an MRI.

CHARGERS 23, 49ERS 20: At San Francisco, Ryan Leaf, whose short career has been blemished by a shoulder injury and questionable behavior, pumped his fist in the air triumphantly as teammate Terrell Fletcher crossed the goal line Saturday night.

In his first NFL appearance in 20 months, Leaf led a two-play touchdown drive that ended with Fletcher's 2-yard dash and the San Diego Chargers opened their preseason with a victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

After a cameo appearance for starter Jim Harbaugh, Leaf was 7-of-12 passing for 103 yards and a touchdown. But he also had an interception and two fumbles — and two of the turnovers led to 49ers field goals.

BRONCOS 31, CARDINALS 17: AtTempe, Ariz., as nervous as a rookie, Terrell Davis returned to the NFL and carried the ball on Denver's first two offensive plays of the preseason.

Davis' comeback was solid, if unspectacular, in the Broncos' victory over the Arizona Cardinals on a sweltering night with the temperature at kickoff 101 degrees and thunderstorms looming in the distance.

FALCONS 20, COWBOYS 9: At Tokyo, backup quarterback Tony Graziani threw two touchdown passes as the Atlanta Falcons beat the Dallas Cowboys in the American Bowl preseason game at the Tokyo Dome today.

Dallas opened scoring six minutes into the first quarter with a 27-yard field goal by Rian Lindell that capped a 10-play, 67-yard drive.

The Falcons came right back with a 12-play drive from their 5-yard line to the Cowboys 2-yard line, but Chris Chandler, looking for Terance Mathis, threw an interception in the end zone.