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Pittsburgh 34, Detroit 22
Posted: Saturday August 24, 2002 04:21 PM
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DETROIT(Ticker) -- Charlie Batch threw for one touchdown and ran for another as the Pittsburgh Steelers spoiled the first game for the Detroit Lions at Ford Field with a 34-22 victory.

Batch, who was cut by the Lions during the offseason, threw a 39-yard TD pass to Amos Zereoue in the third quarter to give the Steelers a 27-16 lead. Lee Mays had returned the second-half kickoff 61 yards to set up the score.

The Lions played for the first time at Ford Field, a $500 million facility located in downtown Detroit, after close to three decades at the Pontiac Silverdome.

Batch, who completed 7-of-15 passes for 117 yards, also scored on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.

Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart was kept out of the game due to a concussion. Tommy Maddox started and completed 9-of-13 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Maddox completed a 29-yard TD pass to rookie Antwaan Randle El and a 19-yarder to Mark Bruener in the second quarter.

Jason Hanson kicked field goals of 37, 36 and 57 yards for the Lions.

Mike McMahon started at quarterback for the Lions and was 11-of-22 for 132 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Rookie Joey Harrington, whose arrival led to Batch's departure, was 13-of-25 for 218 yards, including a 33-yard TD pass to Scotty Anderson.

Pittsburgh won for the first time in three preseason games while Detroit fell to 0-3.