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STEELERS OVERCOME EARLY HOLE, SLASH PAST RAVENS

BALTIMORE -- In the first half, after his third interception, Kordell Stewart stood on the field with his hands on his hips. Then his shoulders sagged as he let out a huge sigh.

In the second half, after his second touchdown pass, Stewart hopped like a kid and skipped off the field. He had rallied the Pittsburgh Steelers from a 21-0 deficit to a 28-24 lead.

Stewart had come up with a new variation of Slash -- inept in the first half and infallible in the second -- as the Steelers tied a team record for best comeback victory Sunday, 42-34, over the Baltimore Ravens.

"It's about trust, man," said Stewart, who strained a quadriceps tendon late in the game. "You throw three interceptions, guys can go in the tank. It's not over until there's three zeroes left in the fourth quarter. Anything's possible when you believe."

After setting up three Baltimore touchdowns with interceptions before halftime, Stewart threw three TD passes after the break and appropriately capped the day with a 74-yard scoring run.

"He came of age and surpassed it," Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher said.

Jerome Bettis rushed for 137 yards, Yancey Thigpen had 162 yards receiving and Will Blackwell returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown for Pittsburgh (3-2). The Ravens (3-3) blew a second-half lead for the 11th time since they came to Baltimore last year.

"After the game, guys are saying that we have to learn from this," Baltimore quarterback Vinny Testaverde said. "But I thought we learned from it last year. If we don't give it the extra effort, we're always going to be a .500 team."

At one point, Stewart was 3 for 8 with three interceptions, all glaring mistakes by the versatile player in his first year as a full-time starter.

But in the second half, Stewart was 11 for 14 for 181 yards, with touchdown strikes of 8 and 17 yards to Charles Johnson and 4 yards to Mark Bruener. It was after Bruener's TD that Stewart was hopping and skipping in celebration.

"I was never concerned about him," Cowher said. "I'll tell you, there's going to be some more three-interception games. It's part of the process, part of maturing. . . . He won't ever lose confidence."

Stewart saved his most thrilling play for last. After a Baltimore touchdown cut the Steelers' lead to 35-32, Stewart broke two tackles in a designed run and sprinted down the field for the insurance TD. He then collapsed flat on his back just beyond the end zone in a mixture of joy and exhaustion.

Stewart finished 18 for 28 for 246 yards.

Vikings 20, Cardinals 19

PHOENIX -- Eddie Murray kicked a 38-yard field goal with 10 seconds left as Minnesota (4-2) came back from a 19-10 fourth-quarter deficit to beat Arizona.

It was the fourth tight loss for the Cardinals (1-4), who have lost two games by one point, another by three and another in overtime.

After Kevin Butler, who kicked four field goals, missed from 31 yards with 52 seconds to play, Brad Johnson took the Vikings 62 yards in 37 seconds to get within Murray's range.

Last week, Butler missed two field goals in the fourth quarter in a 19-18 loss to Tampa Bay.

Johnson was 25 for 39 for 292 yards and Arizona's Kent Graham was 22 for 38 for 293 yards.

"I don't care what happens," Cardinals quarterback Kent Graham said. "We've got a good team. We're going to stay together, and we're not going to finger-point, because this team could be 5-0, and it ticks me off that we're not."

Dolphins 17, Chiefs 14

MIAMI -- The Dolphins' defense held Kansas City scoreless in the final 31 minutes and Olindo Mare kicked a 26-yard field goal with 5:40 left to give Miami (3-2) the win.

Elvis Grbac had touchdown passes to Andre Rison and Tony Gonzalez for the Chiefs (4-2), who had a four-game winning streak broken and lost in Miami for the sixth straight time.

"This was a big one, not just in terms of our record, but also in terms of our morale," Dolphins cornerback Terrell Buckley said.

Kansas City's Derrick Thomas missed his fourth straight game due to an arm injury.

Jets 16, Colts 12

INDIANAPOLIS -- Adrian Murrell gained 99 yards on 30 carries, including a 24-yard touchdown run, for New York (4-2), which won for the third straight time. The Jets are 3-1 on the road.

The Colts (0-5) rallied from a 13-0 deficit behind Paul Justin, who replaced the injured Jim Harbaugh, to 13-10. But John Hall then got his third field goal of the game.

"There's a fine line between winning and losing," Murrell said. "I know that team over there is a lot better than 0-5. They kind of remind us of ourselves last year. It's tough for them. I saw that. I know what they're going through."

Harbaugh was banged up and bruised late in the second period. Harbaugh could have come back into the game, but coach Lindy Infante kept him on the sideline, hoping a quarterback change would change the momentum.

"I'm a coach's boy. I understand the business," Harbaugh said. "Lindy said he was going to go with Paul, and that's all he needed to say. I don't need any explanation besides that."

Infante wouldn't say whether Harbaugh or Justin would start next week.

Jaguars 21, Bengals 13

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mark Brunell threw three TD passes for Jacksonville (4-1), which got 160 yards rushing from an offense that had run for just 110 yards combined in the past two games, in beating Cincinnati.

The Bengals (1-4) had a chance to tie after Mike Hollis missed a 27-yard field goal.

But Kelvin Pritchett got his third sack of the game, and Jeff Blake missed Carl Pickens on a fourth-and-4 play with less than a minute left.

Eagles 24, Redskins 10

PHILADELPHIA -- Ricky Watters, Charlie Garner and Kevin Turner combined for 202 yards rushing for Philadelphia (2-3) in its win over Washington.

Watters had 104 of the yards and two TDs and Ty Detmer was 17 of 27 for 246 yards.

"It's a great feeling when you've got them on their toes," Garner said. "That's where you want to keep them -- guessing."

The Eagles defense, meanwhile, pressured Gus Frerotte of Washington (3-2), who finished 16 of 37 for 216 yards. He wobbled off the field late in the fourth quarter after being hit by Richard Dent.

Chargers 25, Raiders 10

OAKLAND -- Greg Davis, replacing the injured John Carney, tied Carney's team record with six field goals and Gary Brown rushed for 181 yards as San Diego (3-3) bested Oakland.

Oakland (2-4), which entered the game with the NFL's top-rated offense, gained only 210 yards, just 13 on the ground, against a defense led by Junior Seau.

Brown, who spent 1991-95 with Houston and did not play in the NFL last year after being released by the Oilers in training camp, was averaging 47 yards a game this season after signing with San Diego as a free agent.

Seahawks 16, Oilers 13

SEATTLE -- Journeyman Steve Broussard had second-half touchdown runs of 77 and 43 yards as Seattle (3-3) rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit for its third win in four games.

Broussard finished with 138 yards rushing as Tennessee (1-4) lost for the fourth straight time after an opening day overtime win.

Broussard, the third-string running back, came off the bench to put some zip into Seattle's running attack after it was held to 19 yards in the opening half. He had the Seahawks' first 100-yard rushing performance of the season.

Eddie George ran 26 times for 116 yards for Tennessee.

Saints 20, Bears 17

CHICAGO -- Mike Ditka got revenge in his first game against the franchise that fired him almost five years ago, as New Orleans defeated Chicago on Heath Shuler's 89-yard touchdown pass to Randal Hill with 5:39 to play.

The Saints (2-4) blew a 13-3 fourth-quarter lead, committed three turnovers and failed to convert a single third down. In the end, however, New Orleans won for the second time in three games while Ditka's former team fell to 0-6.

The Bears must defeat defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay next week to avoid matching the worst start in their 78-year history. They lost their first seven games in 1969, when they finished 1-13 for their worst season ever.

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