Drew Bledsoe and Adam Vinatieri didn't have to wait until the last minute to lead the New England Patriots to another win.
That's how they won their first two games, but last night in Foxboro, Mass., Bledsoe passed New England into field goal position on its first three second-half possessions. And Vinatieri connected all three times for a 16-14 victory over the New York Giants.
It left the Patriots and the Tennessee Titans as the only NFL teams with 3-0 records. And it kept New England fans off the edge of their seats for most of the second half.
The Giants changed that when Kent Graham threw his second scoring pass of the game, a one-yarder to Tiki Barber with 1 minute 14 seconds left, ending a 12-play, 70-yard drive.
But Ben Coates recovered the onside kick and the Patriots ran out the clock.
By that time, Vinatieri had connected from 38 and 19 yards in the third quarter and 41 yards in the fourth. He has made all seven of his attempts this season.
And on those three drives, Bledsoe completed 10 of 13 passes for 110 yards.
BILLS 26, EAGLES 0: Looking to smooth their sputtering offense and plug the gaping holes in their defense, the winless Eagles accomplished neither in Orchard Park, N.Y.
Steve Christie kicked four first-half field goals, Doug Flutie threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jay Riemersma and Antowain Smith capped the scoring with a four-yard run late in the third quarter for the Bills (2-1), who had 377 yards to Philadelphia's 169 and posted their first shutout since 1992.
SEAHAWKS 29, STEELERS 10: Seattle was waiting for a breakthrough victory under new coach and general manager Mike Holmgren. They didn't have to wait long.
Merton Hanks had a 23-yard interception return and Charles Rogers had a team-record 94-yard punt return barely two minutes later as the Seahawks scored the first two times they touched the ball in a win over the favored Steelers (2-1) in Pittsburgh.
The Seahawks (2-1) won their second in a row on the road but, unlike last week's tight 14-13 victory over the struggling Chicago Bears, this victory meshed a dominating defense and an effective offense. Seattle made five interceptions and chased error-prone Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart by halftime, at which point the Seahawks led 26-0.
RAMS 35, FALCONS 7: Forget the road to the Super Bowl for Atlanta. Now, it's more like the road to ruin.
The reigning NFC champs fell to 0-3 with an embarrassing loss to host St. Louis (2-0), which has not had a winning record this decade. Quarterback Kurt Warner produced touchdowns on the first four St. Louis drives and ran for a fifth score in the second half.
In addition to the game, the Falcons lost quarterback Chris Chandler, who reinjured the right hamstring that kept him out of Monday night's loss at Dallas. Chandler, who was 5 of 9 for 28 yards and an interception, was injured late in the first half without contact while scrambling.
PANTHERS 27, BENGALS 3: Tim Biakabutuka broke Carolina's record for the longest run from scrimmage. Less than two hours later, he broke it again.
With woeful Cincinnati in town, Biakabutuka bolted for a 62-yard touchdown on Carolina's first play from scrimmage, then added a 67-yard scoring run for the Panthers. Biakabutuka finished with 132 yards on eight carries, helping Carolina (1-2) win its first game under George Seifert.
Cincinnati is 0-3 for the third time in seven years.
RAIDERS 24, BEARS 17: An underachiever in New York and a reject in Miami, Tyrone Wheatley fits quite nicely on an Oakland (2-1) team that takes pride in its history of resurrecting castoffs.
Wheatley scored on an eight-yard run with 6:45 remaining and the host Raiders overcame five lost fumbles to beat penalty-ridden Chicago (1-2).
COLTS 27, CHARGERS 19: In San Diego, Peyton Manning played a marvelous game of pass-and-catch with Marvin Harrison, passing for a franchise-record 404 yards and two touchdowns.
Manning also had his first career rushing touchdown as Indianapolis (2-1) blew a 10-0 lead, then rallied to stun San Diego (1-1) in Coach Mike Riley's home debut.