Across the country from their devastated city, the New Orleans Saints somehow played a competitive football game when it's probably the last thing some of them wanted to do.
Randy Moss caught a 27-yard touchdown from Kerry Collins in the first quarter for the game's only touchdown, leading the Oakland Raiders over the Saints, 13-6, last night in the preseason finale in Oakland, Calif., for both teams.
Transported 2,000 miles to California on Sunday, the Saints avoided the wrath of Hurricane Katrina and prepared for this game under the sun at San Jose State University despite all the uncertainties back home.
A moment of silence was held before the game, and about 100 people turned out for a last-minute blood drive sponsored by the Raiders and the American Red Cross outside the Coliseum. The Raiders made a donation to the Red Cross and also ran public service announcements in the stadium, on their Web site and on their broadcasts encouraging people to help hurricane victims.
Players from both teams held a prayer circle when time expired.
"Everybody on our team is heartbroken," Saints Coach Jim Haslett said. "They feel for the people."
Afterward, the Saints were headed to San Antonio with no idea when they'll go home -- or whether they even still have homes.
John Carney kicked field goals of 38 and 37 yards, but also missed a 38-yarder in the third quarter for New Orleans. He was patted on the back by holder Todd Bouman when the ball sailed wide left. Bouman started at quarterback and completed 13 of 20 passes for 120 yards.
* GIANTS 27, PATRIOTS 3: Quarterbacks Jared Lorenzen and Jesse Palmer led New York to touchdowns in the win in Foxboro, Mass. New England's Tom Brady and New York's Eli Manning, who missed his second straight game with a sprained right elbow but is expected to be ready for the season opener Sept. 11 against Arizona, both sat out the game.
* STEELERS 21, PANTHERS 17: In Charlotte, Stephen Davis gave Carolina a spark, then Charlie Batch gave sputtering Pittsburgh the punch it so desperately needed.
Batch threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Sean Morey with 1 minute 35 seconds to play, spoiling Davis's return from knee surgery. Davis had five carries for 17 yards.
* BROWNS 16, BEARS 6: Rookie Charlie Frye did all he could to claim the backup quarterback job, completing 12 of 14 passes for 186 yards in leading Cleveland to the win in Chicago.
* COWBOYS 27, JAGUARS 20: Drew Bledsoe, Julius Jones and the rest of Dallas's first-string offense had their way with Jacksonville's second-team defense.
Meaningless as that might be, it was about the most notable aspect of the Cowboys' home win.
Jones gained 75 yards on 11 carries, softening things up for Bledsoe to hit his first seven passes, including a 40-yarder to Terry Glenn for a touchdown on the opening drive.
* BUCCANEERS 38, TEXANS 14: Host Tampa Bay intercepted David Carr twice in the first quarter, converting the turnovers into a field goal and touchdown on the way to the route.
Backup quarterback Chris Simms threw for 163 yards and three touchdowns for the Bucs (2-2), who didn't allow Houston to score until third-string quarterback Dave Ragone teamed with Sloan Thomas on a 74-yard pass play late in the third quarter.
* FALCONS 20, DOLPHINS 17: Etric Pruitt scored on a 51-yard interception return and visiting Atlanta allowed no first downs in the opening 25 minutes in the final preseason game for both teams.
Gus Frerotte and A.J. Feeley both struggled in their competition to become Miami's starting quarterback. The Dolphins totaled 16 yards in three series with Frerotte, while Feeley went 4 for 17 and threw the interception to Pruitt.
* JETS 37, EAGLES 14: Donovan McNabb watched from the press box and Terrell Owens looked on from the bench as New York's backups dominated host Philadelphia. Chad Pennington played one series for the Jets, completing all three of his passes and leading the offense into the end zone. Rashad Washington returned an interception 99 yards for a score, and Derrick Blaylock and Little John Flowers each had touchdown runs.
* PACKERS 21, TITANS 17: Craig Nall tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Walt Williams early in the fourth quarter, and Mike Hawkins intercepted a pass in the end zone with 2:26 left as Green Bay won in Nashville.