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Quarterbacks lead Steelers to win over Giants

The Pittsburgh Steelers may be fine without the suspended Ben Roethlisberger for the start of the season.

Byron Leftwich and Dennis Dixon combined to lead three long touchdown drives after Roethlisberger made his exhibition season debut and the Steelers beat the Giants, 24-17, on Saturday night, spoiling New York’s first home game in its new $1.6 billion stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Roethlisberger, suspended for the opening six games of the regular season by commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, was solid in his first game since the suspension was announced. He was 6-for-8 passing for 76 yards and an interception.

The Steelers are 2-0 and the Giants are 1-1.

At Buccaneers 20, Chiefs 15: Micheal Spurlock scored on a 53-yard reception in the second quarter as Tampa Bay (1-1) beat Kansas City (0-2).

Ravens 23, at Redskins 3: Baltimore safety Haruki Nakamura took a direct snap on fourth-and-6 and juked his way 51 yards — all the way to the 1 — in the second quarter to set up the only touchdown scored by either first-team offense as the Ravens (2-0) beat Washington (1-1).

Redskins fullback Mike Sellers, a North Thurston grad, hurt his left knee while blocking on a running play.

Cowboys 16, at Chargers 14: Victor Butler’s sack forced quarterback Jonathan Crompton to fumble with 3:46 to play, leading to a safety as Dallas (2-1) beat San Diego (1-1).

Rams 19, at Browns 17: Josh Brown made a 28-yard field goal, his fourth of the game, with 3:33 left to lift St. Louis (1-1) over Cleveland (1-1).

At Saints 38, Texans 20: Drew Brees led New Orleans (1-1) to two touchdowns against Houston (0-2).

Jets 9, at Panthers 3: New York (1-1) and Carolina (0-2) could not muster a touchdown and settled for four field goals.

Raiders 32, at Bears 17: Reserve linebacker Slade Norris recovered a muffed punt in the end zone for a go-ahead TD and later blocked a punt for a safety as Oakland (2-0) beat Chicago (0-2).

Lions 25, at Broncos 20: Drew Stanton’s 25-yard touchdown on a quarterback draw with 1:53 left lifted Detroit (1-1) past Denver (0-2).

Dolphins 27, at Jaguars 26: Chad Henne was 11-for-14 passing for 151 yards and two touchdowns in the first half as Miami (2-0) beat Jacksonville (0-2) after a thunderstorm delayed the start of the game for 1:45.

INJURY REPORT

 • Bears star middle linebacker Brian Urlacher injured a calf on the opening series and did not return for Chicago’s game against Oakland.

Urlacher, a six-time Pro Bowl player, played in one regular-season game a year ago before being placed on injured reserve with a wrist injury suffered in the opener against the Packers.

 • Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman fractured the tip of the thumb on his throwing hand during the first quarter against the Chiefs and will be sidelined until at least the opening week of the regular season..

 • Rams quarterback A.J. Feeley injured his right thumb in the first quarter during a touchdown drive against the Browns. He stayed in the game and threw a touchdown pass but left after that.

EXTRA POINTS

Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor were ejected in the opening minutes of their exhibition game for throwing punches. … The Broncos played it safe with Tim Tebow’s bruised ribs, resting the rookie quarterback against Detroit. … The Chargers said 35-year-old left offensive tackle Tra Thomas retired. … Rookie receiver Kerry Meier, a fifth-round pick from Kansas, had a season-ending injury to his right knee in Atlanta’s 28-10 loss to the Patriots on Thursday. … Redskins receiver Mike Furrey (concussion) is out for the season after getting put on injured reserve. … Bills tight end Shawn Nelson has apologized for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, saying he did nothing illegal. … Bills tight end Derek Schouman will miss three to six weeks after injuring his knee Thursday.

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