Patriots enjoy late night

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A 34-yard field goal almost seven minutes into overtime from Adam Vinatieri and Curtis Martin rushing for 199 yards gave the New England Patriots a 27-24 win over the New York Jets on Sunday night.

It was the first time that Bill Parcells, the head coach of the Jets, had returned to New England since his acrimonious departure from the Patriots in February. The Patriots joined Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos as the NFL's only unbeaten teams.

Trent Dilfer threw touchdown passes to Jackie Harris and Horace Copeland, and the rookie Warrick Dunn rushed for 101 yards for the Buccaneers, whose 28-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings brought them their first 3-0 start since 1979.

Chicago's running back Rashaan Salaam suffered a broken right leg after being tackled in the second quarter of the Bears' 32-7 home defeat by the Detroit Lions and underwent surgery yesterday to insert a plate into the leg.

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