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Vikings upend Seahawks on late score

SEATTLE — Marcus Sherels intercepted Trevone Boykin's pass and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown with 1:23 left and the Minnesota Vikings beat the Seattle Seahawks 18-11 on Thursday night.

With Boykin trying to lead Seattle to another late comeback for a second straight week, Sherels stepped in front of his pass intended for E.Z. Nwachukwu and went untouched for the deciding score. Seattle had pulled even at 11-11 when Troymaine Pope scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 12:49 left after his 27-yard run got the Seahawks deep in Minnesota territory and Steven Hauschka's 49-yard field goal later in the fourth quarter.

Boykin got Seattle to the Minnesota 5 in the closing seconds, before taking a sack and was unable to connect with Antwan Goodley in the end zone on the final play.

Adrian Peterson was a spectator for Minnesota, as expected. So too, unexpectedly, was quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, given the night off by the choice of coach Mike Zimmer. Shaun Hill started and played nearly the entire first half, leading the Vikings to their only offensive touchdown on Jerick McKinnon's 1-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter.

Blair Walsh was perfect on a 27-yard field goal, after missing from the same distance in the NFC wild-card game and costing the Vikings a playoff victory. But Walsh missed wide left from 47 yards with 2:09 left that would have given the Vikings the lead.

Seattle's overhauled offensive line struggled after a decent debut last Saturday against Kansas City. Russell Wilson played the entire first half and was sacked four times, getting pulled down awkwardly on the last sack. Wilson was 5 of 11 for 77 yards.

The bright spot for Seattle' starting offense was again running back Christine Michael. Projected as the No. 2 running back when the season begins, Michael finished with 55 yards on 10 carries.

FALCONS 24, BROWNS 13: At Cleveland, Robert Griffin III threw two touchdown passes in the first half in Cleveland’s exhibition loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Griffin found wide receiver Terrelle Pryor streaking down the right sideline on Cleveland's second drive of the game for a 50-yard scoring strike. Griffin connected with tight end Gary Barnridge for a 22-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

Griffin was 6 of 8 for 96 yards in four series, and ran for 36 yards on three carries — including a 22-yarder.

PACKERS 20, RAIDERS 12: At Green Bay, Wis., Eddie Lacy's powerful running early on helped propel the Green Bay Packers to a win over the Oakland Raiders. Lacy had nine carries for 45 yards, capped by a 1-yard touchdown dive on third-and-goal, to highlight a 14-play, 74-yard drive to start the game as the Packers again played without quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Derek Carr ran Oakland's offense for a half Thursday, but wasn't effective. The third-year starter completed 9 of 13 passes for just 38 yards and had an underthrown pass to standout receiver Amari Cooper picked off by Damarious Randall.

PATRIOTS 23, BEARS 22: At Foxborough, Mass., Tom Brady sat out his second straight preseason game, while the guy that will replace him at the start of the regular season continued to make progress. Brady did not go through pregame warmups and never made it to the field.

Jimmy Garoppolo threaded a 16-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone to A.J. Derby late in the first half for his first TD pass of the preseason. He played the entire first half and one series in the second half, finishing 16 of 21 for 181 yards.

Jay Cutler played three series, completing 8 of 12 passes for 83 yards. Jeremy Langford also had a nice game, rushing eight times for 55 yards and a touchdown.

BENGALS 30, LIONS 14: At Detroit, Jeremy Hill scored a 9-yard touchdown on Cincinnati's first possession, but that was it for the Bengals when their top offensive players were in the game.

Hill hurt his left hand in Cincinnati's preseason opener last week, but he had three carries for 16 yards against the Lions and also caught a pass.

Former Cincinnati wide receiver Marvin Jones, signed by the Lions in the offseason, had four catches for 65 yards against his former team. Detroit's Matthew Stafford was 8 of 11 for 113 yards.

EAGLES 17, STEELERS 0: At Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Landry Jones threw four interceptions and the Philadelphia Eagles capitalized.

Nolan Carroll's 38-yard interception return for a score was the lone touchdown of the first half, helping the Eagles to a victory. The Eagles' defense has nine takeaways in six quarters. Pittsburgh has one offensive touchdown in two games.

Sam Bradford led Philadelphia's offense to a field goal late in the first half, giving the Eagles a 10-0 lead at the break. He finished 14 of 19 for 115 yards.

Jones had a dismal half for Pittsburgh, going 12 of 20 for 111 yards with four interceptions.

Seattle quarterback Trevone Boykin (2) dives to score a 2-point conversion over Minnesota safety Jayron Kearse, right, during the second half of Thursday's preseason game. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS