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NFL Exhibitions

August 5, 2000

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Blocked kick saves Bills

Orchard Park, N.Y. Rookie Corey Moore blocked Doug Pelfrey's 29-yard field goal attempt as time ran out, and the Buffalo Bills hung on for a 21-20 preseason victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday night.

Shawn Bryson's 73-yard reception off a screen pass 1:13 into the fourth quarter stood up as the game-winner in the preseason opener for both teams.

Receiver Avion Black had a 34-yard touchdown reception, and running back Antowain Smith a 16-yard scoring run for the Bills.

Nick Williams scored both Cincinnati touchdowns both on one-yard plunges. Cincinnati also got two field goals a 26-yarder in the first quarter by Pelfrey, and a 20-yarder by rookie Neil Rackers late in the third.

Cincinnati's Akili Smith, playing his first game since injuring his toe last Oct. 31, went 12-for-18 for 104 yards.

Patriots 13, Lions 10

Pontiac, Mich. Adam Vinatieri's 28-yard field goal with two seconds remaining lifted New England over the Detroit.

Rookie quarterback Tom Brady set up the winning kick with an 85-yard pass to Sean Morey. Brady completed 10 of 15 attempts for 129 yards. Vinatieri, who also had a 50-yarder, kicked the winning field goal on the next play to cap a four-play, 59-yard drive for the Patriots.

Defensive tackle Willie McGinest returned an interception 49 yards for a TD for New England, which also beat San Francisco 21-0 on Monday night.

Sedrick Irvin scored on a 2-yard run and Jason Hanson kicked a 33-yard field goal for Detroit.

Former Kansas State standout Michael Bishop completed 6 of 14 passes for 51 yards and rushed three times for 31 yards for New England.

Packers 37, Jets 24

Green Bay, Wis. Tod McBride returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and Green Bay's defense shut out New York in the second half.

Ryan Longwell kicked a 35-yard field goal, his third of the night, with 1:57 left. New York's Kevin Williams fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Green Bay rookie Rondell Mealey had a 15-yard TD run with 1:35 left.

Longwell also kicked a 53-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Green Bay's defense allowed 286 total yards and committed three penalties in the first half, but clamped down when Ray Lucas replaced Chad Pennington at quarterback. Pennington completed 7 of 11 passes for 136 yards, while Green Bay's Matt Hasselbeck completed 11 of 15 for 162 yards and two TD.

New York got two first-half touchdown runs from fullback Richie Anderson.

Bucs 13, Redskins 12

Tampa, Fla. Tampa Bay's Shaun King was nearly perfect throwing the ball and rookie Joe Hamilton tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Todd Yoder with 1:43 remaining to give the Buccaneers an exhibition victory. King completed 10 of 11 passes for 104 yards. Keyshawn Johnson had three receptions for 33 yards in his first action for the Bucs.

Jaguars 34, Panthers 14

Charlotte, N.C. The Jaguars' backups combined for three scores, including two touchdowns from running back Stacey Mack, in a victory over Carolina. Mack, who carried the ball seven times during his rookie season, scored on a 5-yard touchdown run and returned the second-half kickoff 94 yards for another score. Jacksonville also got a touchdown from third-team running back Chris Howard and field goals of 42 and 22 yards from Mike Hollis.

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