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More focus was on the Steelers' backup situation, with newly signed Byron Leftwich making his first appearance after Charlie Batch broke his collarbone in a 16-10 win over Philadelphia last week.
Leftwich completed his first attempt, a 24-yarder over the middle to Nate Washington, but then proved inconsistent, looking like someone who had only three days to pick up the Steelers offense.
The former Jacksonville starter, who spent last season with Atlanta, finished 5-of-11 for 41 yards during six series. He nearly lost a fumble before the ball rolled out of bounds, had a pass batted down by Spencer Johnson and didn't get help from rookie second-round pick, receiver Limas Sweed, who had an easy pass go through his hands.
Steelers third-string quarterback Dennis Dixon also scored on a 47-yard run.
The announced attendance of 48,434 was about 5,000 short of capacity, and considered a disappointment for series organizers, who are paying the Bills an average $9.75 million per game to show the NFL that Canada's largest city and financial capital can be home to a permanent franchise. Steep ticket prices, ranging from $75 to $575, didn't help. Hours before the game, fans were purchasing tickets with a $575 face value for as little as $90.
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