Chris Miller passed 54 yards to George Thomas for a touchdown and first-round draft pick Steve Broussard ran 71 yards for another last night in Milwaukee as the Atlanta Falcons beat Green Bay, 17-14, for their best preseason start.
The Falcons are 3-0 under first-year coach Jerry Glanville. Their previous best preseason start was 2-0-1 in 1967.
Atlanta led by 10-7 at halftime. Then Miller teamed with Thomas to make it 17-7 with 4:31 left in the third quarter. Miller was replaced later in the period after completing 18 of 24 passes for 209 yards.
Packers quarterback Mike Norseth hit Clarence Weathers with a 60-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter, cutting the Falcons' lead to 17-14 with 14:52 left.
On the next series, Tony Bennett apparently recovered a fumble by Atlanta quarterback Gilbert Renfroe. But the play, which included a return to the Falcons 4, was overruled by video replay.
The Packers (1-2) also had an interception by Scott Stephen deep in Falcon territory overruled by replay in the first quarter.
Green Bay reached the Falcons 39 with one minute left in the game, but two sacks and two penalties knocked the Packers out of field goal range.
Atlanta had eight sacks, including four of quarterback and Whitman High graduate Anthony Dilweg in the first half.
Rams 27, Cardinals 7: Rookie free agent Derrick Faison from Howard caught two touchdown passes and rookie Tony Lomack caught another to lead Los Angeles past visiting Phoenix (0-3).
Faison outjumped safety Tracey Eaton to catch a 26-yard touchdown pass from Chuck Long 7:01 into the third quarter, giving the Rams a 20-0 lead. He then caught a 23-yarder from Long 3:09 into the fourth quarter to set the final score.
Mike Lansford kicked two field goals for the Rams (2-1).
Giants 17, Jets 7: Phil Simms completed all 11 of his second-quarter passes, including touchdowns to Mark Ingram and rookie Rodney Hampton, as the Giants won the New York battle in East Rutherford, N.J.
The victory assured the Giants (3-0) of their eighth straight winning preseason under Coach Bill Parcells and handed the Jets (2-1) their first loss under new coach Bruce Coslet. For the most part, though, the game was boring, penalty-filled and not well-played.
Simms was the lone exception, and even he needed a quarter to get going. He finished a half completing 13 of 16 passes for 165 yards, with 147 in the second quarter.
He capped a 13-play, 94-yard march by beating a blitz with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Ingram 7:36 into the quarter.
Simms then marched the offense 66 yards in six plays, finding Hampton, the Giants' No. 1 draft pick, in a seam in the Jets' zone for a 25-yard touchdown pass.
Cowboys 20, Steelers 9: Troy Aikman and Steve Walsh threw second-half touchdown passes, rallying Dallas (1-2) by visiting Pittsburgh (1-2).
Aikman (14 of 22, 163) flipped a two-yard scoring pass to tight end Steve Folsom with 3:28 left in the third. It came two plays after Aikman hit James Dixon with a 44-yard pass.
Walsh took the Cowboys 51 yards in six plays, finding Michael Irvin alone on a 28-yard touchdown pass with 13:03 to play in the fourth period for a two-touchdown lead. Irvin played only six games last year before he tore a knee ligament and missed the rest of the season.
Pittsburgh starter Bubby Brister was 10 of 18 for 82 yards.
Chargers 29, 49ers 28: Quarterbacks Billy Joe Tolliver and Mark Vlasic each threw touchdown passes as San Diego held off visiting San Francisco. 49ers quarterback Steve Young scored on a one-yard sneak with 35 seconds left.
San Diego (3-0) got a couple of decisive points from a second-quarter safety that followed a botched punt play by the 49ers (1-2).
Vlasic replaced Tolliver in the third quarter and capped his first drive with a three-yard touchdown pass to rookie Derrick Walker, capping a 74-yard march and extending San Diego's lead to 22-14.
Young, who relieved starter Joe Montana with 20 seconds left in the third period, directed a 79-yard drive in his first possession that ended in Spencer's Tillman one-yard dive.
Saints 28, Bills 23: John Fourcade scrambled, threw off his back foot and completed backhanded tosses, leading New Orleans (3-1) to a home victory over Buffalo (0-3).
The Saints started Jason Garrett at quarterback, the No. 4 or No. 5 on the depth chart, and went scoreless through his first quarter. He completed five of eight for 41, and former Viking Tommy Kramer, signed as a free agent 10 days ago, completed four of five for 54 yards.
Fourcade played the second and third quarters, passing for two touchdowns in the second quarter and directing a 65-yard drive capped by a one-yard plunge by Rueben Mayes in the third quarter.
His first touchdown pass went to Lonzell Hill from 13 yards. Fourcade (nine of 12 passes for 135 yards) scrambled right, drew the entire defense to him, then tossed the pass to Hill, alone in the end zone. His second scoring pass was a 21-yarder to tight end John Tice, who outran linebacker Timmy Cofield and ran over defensive back Dwight Drane at about the 10.
Dolphins 17, Broncos 16: Marc Logan's one-yard touchdown run with 1:54 remaining capped a 79-yard drive in Miami as the Dolphins (1-2) ended a seven-game losing streak in preseason play.
Denver (2-2) blew a late lead for the second consecutive game. It led San Francisco, 24-7, midway through the third quarter Monday but lost on a last-minute field goal, 27-24.
The Dolphins' winning drive began at their 21 with 5:15 left. Scott Secules, a Virginia product battling for the backup quarterback job, directed the nine-play march. He completed three of six for 45 yards.
The biggest gains came on Secules' 24-yard pass to Greg Baty and Tony Collins's 23-yard run after reversing direction in the backfield. Logan dove over the top on third down to score, and Pete Stoyanovich kicked the extra point.