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Dillon gains 23 yards in Patriots debut

FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) -- Tom Brady keeps winning whether it's a
regular-season game, the Super Bowl or just an exhibition.

He gave the New England Patriots the only touchdown they needed
on a rainy Friday night when they beat the Philadelphia Eagles 24-6
in their first game since winning their second championship in
three years.

"You still want to go out and do good," Brady said. "You
still want to go out and build confidence. It's all in preparation
for the Colts game."

The Patriots open their regular season on Sept. 9 against
Indianapolis, seeking their 16th consecutive win, including three
in last year's playoffs. They've won eight straight exhibition
games.

"We've got a long way to go," New England coach Bill Belichick
said, "in every phase of the game."

Brady, the two-time Super Bowl MVP, went 3-for-4 for 31 yards
and a touchdown. He left the exhibition opener after two series and
11 plays.

Two controversial stars made debuts with new teams, Terrell
Owens with Philadelphia and Corey Dillon with New England.

The Eagles lost the last three NFC championship games and hope
Owens, acquired from San Francisco, can get them beyond that.

He caught three passes for 14 yards and fans booed all three
times. After each one, he walked calmly back to the huddle, showing
none of the flamboyance that followed some catches with the 49ers --
once autographing a football on the field after scoring a
touchdown.

Owens and Donovan McNabb played the first four series and left
after the Eagles' first possession of the second quarter. McNabb
was 6-for-11 for 32 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.

"It feels good" to be in an Eagles uniform, Owens said.
"trying to get a feel for the game, speed of the offense, and with
Donovan."

Dillon, often at odds with management during seven seasons with
Cincinnati, had five runs for 23 yards. His longest, a 13-yarder
three plays before Brady's 9-yard touchdown pass to David Patten,
drew a loud ovation.

"I had butterflies, but that's a good thing because I haven't
felt that way in a long time," Dillon said.

Rohan Davey, recently chosen offensive player of the year in NFL
Europe, threw two scoring passes in the second half, improving his
bid to move up to the No. 2 quarterback spot in his third season
with the Patriots.

Brady hit Patten in the deep right corner of the end zone for
the game's opening score with 4:10 left in the first quarter. In
the 2002 Super Bowl, they hooked up for an 8-yard touchdown pass
into the same area for a 14-3 lead and New England beat St. Louis
20-17 in New Orleans.

"Different play, another great catch," Brady said.

A knee injury limited Patten to four games last season, none in
the playoffs. Patriots linebacker Rosevelt Colvin, who didn't play
after breaking his left hip in the second game last year against
Philadelphia, saw limited action in the first quarter.

"I'm past tentative," said Colvin, signed as a free agent last
year after totaling 21 sacks in his last two seasons with Chicago.
"Being out there made me feel like I had become a football player
again."

Defensive end Jevon Kearse, a free agent from Tennessee, made
his debut with Philadelphia.

"This is the only time these preseason games really mean a lot
to me, because I have to fine-tune everything," Kearse said.

The Patriots led 10-0 on Adam Vinatieri's 47-yard field goal
late in the first quarter. The Eagles cut it to 10-6 on field goals
of 46 yards by David Akers in the second and 20 yards by Tim Duncan
in the third period.

Then Davey threw touchdown passes of 5 yards to Michael Jennings
in the third quarter and 23 yards to Ricky Bryant in the fourth.

"What we did here doesn't exactly show how good of a first two
weeks we had" in training camp, McNabb said. "With it raining out
here things have changed a little bit."

The Eagles showed far more rust than the Patriots, committing
nine penalties in the first half.

Game notes
None of the 54 passes thrown was intercepted. ... Michael
Cloud led Patriots rushers with 45 yards on 17 carries and Reno
Mahe topped the Eagles with 52 yards on 10 runs. ... Philadelphia
rookie cornerback Matt Ware, a third-round draft pick from UCLA,
was taken off the field on a cart with 19 seconds left in the half.
X-rays on his lower left leg were negative. Defensive end Jamaal
Green and fullback Thomas Tapeh hurt their ankles and safety
Quintin Mikell sprained his knee.