Maybe Terrell Owens was trying to get a scouting report on next week's opponent, the Baltimore Ravens. Or maybe he was trying to check out a potential future team, the Atlanta Falcons. At any rate, the Philadelphia Eagles' wide receiver, who was banished from training camp by Coach Andy Reid until Wednesday, spent last night at the Georgia Dome, watching the Ravens and Falcons meet in the preseason in Atlanta.
Owens, who has a house in Atlanta, sat in the third row of the stands behind the Falcons' bench, wearing a gray shirt. His omnipresent agent, Drew Rosenhaus, wasn't sitting beside him, as he was in television interviews earlier in the week; the seats next to Owens were occupied by women.
Owens's image was flashed on the dome's big screen during the second quarter, but it did not elicit a reaction from the crowd, one way or the other -- probably because it was difficult to pick him out from the fans sitting near him.
But word soon spread that Owens was in the dome -- at halftime, fans drifted down toward his seat and snapped pictures with camera phones. When he left his seat to go to the restroom, he was escorted by police and security. He declined to comment when approached by a Comcast SportsNet reporter.
* 49ERS 21, RAIDERS 13: After No. 1 draft pick Alex Smith struggled in his first NFL action, Tim Rattay threw touchdown passes to Brandon Lloyd and Arnaz Battle early in the second half of San Francisco's home victory.
Rookie cornerback Derrick Johnson returned an interception 87 yards for a touchdown as the 49ers, shut out in the first half, scored 21 points in 41/2 minutes early in the third quarter behind Rattay, who's not ready to concede the 49ers' quarterback competition to the $49.5 million rookie. Smith went 3 for 9 for 25 yards.
"I made some mistakes, especially early," Smith said. "There were some balls that I would like to have back, but that's why it's preseason. That's why I'm out here."
* BROWNS 17, GIANTS 14: In Cleveland, first-year coach Romeo Crennel had his debut diluted by some severe weather that caused a lengthy delay, but he got his first preseason win.
Rookie Tyler Jones kicked a 41-yard field goal with 6 minutes 18 seconds left as Crennel got a victory that may not count in the standings but should help him get the Browns to believe.
Giants second-year quarterback Eli Manning, who has struggled to develop chemistry with his receivers during training camp, threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress in the first quarter -- moments after the teams returned from a 1-hour 19-minute weather delay. Manning finished 6 of 8 for 53 yards in three series.
* BILLS 17, COLTS 10: J.P. Losman threw a touchdown pass and visiting Buffalo returned a blocked punt for a score in a victory over the Colts, who used Peyton Manning for just three snaps.
The teams combined for 26 penalties and four fumbles. The first quarter took nearly an hour. The officials messed up the game's first touchdown call -- first ruling Lauvale Sape's blocked punt return was a safety. Even the scoreboard was wrong at one point, briefly reading Broncos instead of Bills. The loudest cheers came when a Pee Wee football player scored on a long touchdown run during halftime.
* JAGUARS 27, DOLPHINS 17: David Allen returned a punt 76 yards for a score, Ernest Wilford (Virginia Tech) caught a 19-yard touchdown pass that ricocheted off a teammate and host Jacksonville beat Miami.
Miami had limited success on offense, with Ricky Williams running six times for 39 yards and Chris Chambers making a 16-yard circus catch.
* BRONCOS 20, TEXANS 14: Todd Devoe broke free with a short pass from Matt Mauck, then scampered 92 yards late in the fourth quarter to provide the winning margin in Denver's road win.