Undrafted rookie Basil Mitchell caught two second-half touchdown passes and the Packers used instant replay to negate a touchdown on a kickoff return as the Packers beat the Miami Dolphins, 25-17, last night in Green Bay, Wis. Rookie defensive end Dimitrius Underwood was injured during the game, dislocating his left shoulder.
Again relying on a superior cast of reserves, the Packers overcame an 11-0 deficit and finished the preseason 4-0. Backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw two touchdown passes for the Packers, giving him nine for the preseason.
With Green Bay leading 22-14 late in the third, Kio Sanford received a kickoff and headed toward the left sideline. Shortly before hurdling two defenders around the Dolphins 20, Sanford appeared to step out of bounds.
The officials made no call, and Sanford continued 96 yards into the end zone. Green Bay Coach Ray Rhodes appealed, and on further review, officials ruled Sanford had indeed stepped out.
PANTHERS 23, PATRIOTS 20: John Kasay's 61-yard field goal as time expired lifted Carolina at home. Kasay's kick cleared the crossbar by just inches, ending a game that featured two lead changes and a tie in the final 9:34. The winning kick came after Adam Vinatieri tied it on a 58-yarder with three seconds left. Carolina's Spencer Reid recovered the onsides kick at the New England 44-yard line, and the officials ruled that he was down with one second remaining, so Kasay trotted on for what was the longest field goal in franchise history.
RAMS 17, LIONS 6: Kurt Warner, making his first start for the Rams (2-2), completed 9 of 14 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown and led the visiting Rams to scores on all three of his first-half possessions. The Rams' Marshall Faulk had his best game of the preseason, rushing for 40 yards on 10 carries and catching a six-yard touchdown pass. Faulk played only the first two series. Justin Watson, Faulk's backup after Tuesday's trade of Greg Hill to Detroit and injuries to Robert Holcombe, Amp Lee and June Henley, rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
EAGLES 30, BROWNS 17: Donovan McNabb outplayed the only quarterback picked ahead of him in the draft, Tim Couch, then directed two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter as the Eagles avoided their first winless preseason in 23 years. Sparked by a defense that produced four of Cleveland's seven turnovers in the fourth quarter, the Eagles quieted the boos in Veterans Stadium and turned them into the kind of excitement that hasn't been heard in Philadelphia since Ray Rhodes's winning days in 1995-96. McNabb was 14 for 24 for 93 yards and three touchdowns, coolly leading the Eagles' third-team offense to 20 points in the fourth. Couch was 5 for 9 for 41 yards in a shaky performance, playing the second quarter and two drives in the third.
COLTS 31, SEAHAWKS 28: In Indianapolis, a pass interference penalty on DeAuntae Brown in the end zone set up a one-yard touchdown run by Keith Elias with five seconds remaining. Todd Peterson's fifth field goal and second of the fourth quarter put Seattle (1-3) up 28-23 with 1 minute 36 seconds to go, but third-string quarterback Kelly Holcomb rallied Indianapolis (3-1) in a seven-play drive.
SAINTS 12, TITANS 11: In Nashville, Tennessee's Al Del Greco thought he had kicked his fourth field goal, a 37-yarder with eight seconds left, when the referees called New Orleans for a false start. That forced Del Greco to take his baseball cap off and head back onto the field to try a 32-yarder, but his kick was wide right and the Saints pulled out the win.
JAGUARS 27, COWBOYS 6: Visiting Jacksonville got an 88-yard punt return for a touchdown by Reggie Barlow and a 44-yard field goal from Mike Hollis for the only points during the little more than a quarter played by starters. Then the Jaguars' backups made the lead hold up.