Browns hold on for victory

Posted by Matt Florjancic on October 24, 2010 – 8:16 pm

NEW ORLEANS, LA—With a kneel down from quarterback Colt McCoy with 17 seconds remaining in the game, the Browns sealed a 30-17 win over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints Sunday afternoon in the Louisiana Superdome.

The Browns are now 12-4-0 all-time against the Saints, including an 8-2 mark in road games. They improved to 2-5 on the season, while the Saints fell to 4-3.


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Bowens INT TD Part II

Posted by Matt Florjancic on October 24, 2010 – 8:02 pm

NEW ORLEANS, LA—For the second time in the game, Browns linebacker David Bowens returned an interception return for a touchdown.

The second touchdown return went for 64 yards and helped the Browns extend their lead to 30-10 with 3:33 remaining in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints in the Louisiana Superdome Sunday afternoon.

Bowens had never scored a touchdown in the NFL until today.

His 30-yard interception return in the second quarter was the first for the Browns since Brandon McDonald’s 24-yarder on December 15, 2008 against the Philadelphia Eagles.


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Browns work clock, kick FG

Posted by Matt Florjancic on October 24, 2010 – 7:52 pm

NEW ORLEANS, LA—Phil Dawson’s 48-yard field goal extended the Browns’ lead over the New Orleans Saints to 13 at 23-10 with 5:55 remaining in the fourth quarter.

It was Dawson’s second kick through the uprights on the drive after Eric Steinbach was whistled for a false start.

After struggling to pick up consecutive first downs throughout the first half, the Browns put together a 13-play, 50-yard drive which took 7:34 off the clock.


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Saints trim Browns lead

Posted by Matt Florjancic on October 24, 2010 – 7:30 pm

NEW ORLEANS, LA—After winning a challenge at the end of the third quarter which helped the Saints avoid a two-yard loss on third down, Drew Brees found tight end David Thomas for an 11-yard touchdown over the middle of the Browns’ defense. Garrett Hartley’s extra point cut the Saints’ deficit to ten at 20-10 with 13:29 remaining in the fourth quarter at the Louisiana Superdome.

The Saints marched 89 yards in 13 plays and took 8:33 off the clock.


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Challenges at end of third

Posted by Matt Florjancic on October 24, 2010 – 7:23 pm

NEW ORLEANS, LA—On third-and-six from the Browns’ 26-yard line, Saints quarterback Drew Brees connected with wide receiver Marques Colston for a four-yard gain.

Colston lost his grip on the football during the tackle and the Browns tried to challenge the ruling of it being fourth-and-two for the Saints, but after a several minute-long conversation with the officials, the ruling was not a reviewable play.

The Saints have now tried to challenge that the runner was down by contact.

If the play is not reviewed, the  Browns will take a 20-3 lead into the fourth quarter in the Louisiana Superdome.


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Dawson breaks 1,000 points

Posted by Matt Florjancic on October 24, 2010 – 7:05 pm

With a 21-yard field goal late in the second quarter, kicker Phil Dawson became the third Browns player ever to reach 1,000 points for his career.

Pro Football Hall of Famer, the late Lou Groza is the franchise’s all-time leader with 1,349 points and Don Cockroft is second with 1,080 points.


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Bowens returns INT for score

Posted by Matt Florjancic on October 24, 2010 – 6:26 pm

NEW ORLEANS, LA—Linebacker David Bowens returned a Drew Brees interception 30 yards for a touchdown, which increased the Browns’ lead to 20-3 over the New Orleans Saints with less than two minutes remaining in the first half of action at the Louisiana Superdome.

Fellow linebacker Matt Roth had a hold of Brees’ jersey as the veteran quarterback fired the pass back across his body toward the middle of the field. The pass pinballed off Bowens’ hands and off a Saints player before he corralled the turnover and returned it for the score.


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Hodges Fake Sets up Score

Posted by Matt Florjancic on October 24, 2010 – 6:19 pm

NEW ORLEANS, LA—On fourth-and-eight from the 28-yard line, Browns punter Reggie Hodges took the punt snap, ran through the middle of the field and got to the Saints’ nine-yard line.

The 68-yard run, which is the longest of the year for the Browns, helped set up Phil Dawson’s 21-yard field goal, which extended Cleveland’s lead to 13-3 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half from the Louisiana Superdome.

The Browns needed 3:14 to go 75 yards on eight plays.


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Saints trim Browns lead

Posted by Matt Florjancic on October 24, 2010 – 6:09 pm

NEW ORLEANS, LA—Garrett Hartley’s 32-yard field goal cut the Browns’ lead to seven at 10-7 with 5:32 remaining the second quarter from the Louisiana Superdome.

Hartley’s kick, his sixth of the season, capped off a 10-play, 44-yard drive that took 4:21 off the clock. The Saints took possession at their 42-yard line after a five-yard punt return from Columbus, Ohio native Lance Moore after the defense forced the second Browns three-and-out of the quarter.


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Browns lead after first

Posted by Matt Florjancic on October 24, 2010 – 5:30 pm

NEW ORLEANS, LA—The Browns hold a 10-0 lead after the first quarter over the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome.

With running back Peyton Hillis’ four-yard touchdown run on a toss sweep around left tackle Joe Thomas and Phil Dawson’s ensuing extra point, the Browns extended their lead to ten over the defending Super Bowl champion Saints.

Hillis’ run capped a four-play, 56-yard drive that took 1:32 off the clock. He now has five rushing touchdowns and one receiving score this season.

The biggest play of the possession came on rookie quarterback Colt McCoy’s intended pass to wide receiver Joshua Cribbs down the Browns’ sideline. Cribbs got tangled up with Saints defensive back and former Ohio State Buckeye Malcolm Jenkins, which drew a 38-yard pass interference penalty.

Dawson gave the Browns a 3-0 lead with a 23-yard field goal earlier in the first quarter.


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