Haden gets INT

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 28, 2010 – 9:08 pm

Rookie defensive back Joe Haden intercepted Jimmy Clausen’s first-down pass, which helped the Browns hold onto their 24-23 lead over the Carolina Panthers at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

He returned the ball 12 yards before sliding down to end the play. Haden now has four interceptions, including one in back-to-back games and entered Sunday’s contest in second place behind Seattle’s Earl Thomas for the lead among all NFL rookies.


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Browns take back lead

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 28, 2010 – 8:58 pm

On back-to-back possessions, the Browns and Carolina Panthers have traded field goals and the lead.

Phil Dawson’s 41-yard field goal, which capped a nine-play, 46-yard drive that took  4:19 off the fourth quarter clock, gave the Browns a 24-23 lead over the Panthers with 2:42 remaining in regulation at Cleveland Browns Stadium.


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Panthers back in front

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 28, 2010 – 8:47 pm

John Kasay’s 43-yard field goal with 7:01 remaining in the fourth quarter has given the Carolina Panthers a 23-21 lead over the Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Kasay has kicked three field goals in today’s game, from 43, 42 and 43 yards respectively. His third kick gave the Panthers their first lead since Mike Goodson’s 26-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.


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Browns take lead into fourth

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 28, 2010 – 8:29 pm

The Browns hold a 21-20 lead over the Carolina Panthers at the start of the fourth quarter from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

The Browns are 3-3 when leading at the start of the fourth quarter and 3-3 when holding an advantage at halftime. The Browns led 21-13 at the half Sunday.


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Hillis surpasses 100 yards

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 28, 2010 – 8:25 pm

On the Browns’ current drive, running back Peyton Hillis surpassed the 100-yard mark for the five time in his career and fourth time this season.

He has carried the ball 18 times for 118 yards and three touchdowns against the Panthers.


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Munnerlyn returns INT

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 28, 2010 – 8:05 pm

Second-year NFL defensive back Captain Munnerlyn drew the Carolina Panthers within one point of the Browns at 21-20 with a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown at the 12:18 mark of the third quarter.

Munnerlyn jumped the route of wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, intercepted Jake Delhomme’s pass and returned it for the touchdown. It was the Panthers’ first touchdown since Mike Goodson’s 26-yard run on the opening drive of the game.


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Kasay misses FG

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 28, 2010 – 8:01 pm

John Kasay missed a 46-yard field goal wide to the right at the 13:08 mark of the third quarter, which kept the Browns’ lead at 21-13 over the visiting Carolina Panthers.

On the previous play, Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell was flagged for illegal touching of a forward pass after he was ruled to have stepped out of bounds. Coach John Fox challenged and won based on the fact that LaFell had not stepped out of bounds. However, the pass along the right sideline was ruled incomplete because LaFell lost control on the way to the ground.

Though the Panthers won the challenge, it cost them a third down and forced the long field goal try.


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Browns lead at half

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 28, 2010 – 7:37 pm

Peyton Hillis’ three rushing touchdowns has given the Browns a 21-13 halftime lead over the Carolina Panthers at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Hillis has touchdown runs of nine, five and six yards and is the first Browns running back to have three rushing scores in a game since Jerome Harrison reached that plateau on December 20, 2009 against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

With his three touchdowns, Hillis now has a new career high for a single game. The 13 total touchdowns he has scored this year are tied for the league lead.

Hillis is also the first Browns player since Leroy Kelly in 1968 and the third in franchise history to score 11 rushing touchdowns in a single season. Pro Football Hall of Famer, Jim Brown, holds the franchise mark for rushing touchdowns in a season with 17 in both 1958 and 1965.

Hillis’ second score of the game gave him ten rushing touchdown on the season. He is just the fifth Browns player ever to reach double-digit rushing touchdowns in a season. Brown and Kelly, as well as Mike Pruitt and Kevin Mack are the only others in team history to accomplish the feat.

John Kasay’s 43- and 42-yard field goals were the only points the Panthers scored since Mike Goodson’s 26-yard touchdown run at the 10:36 mark of the first quarter, which gave Carolina a 7-0 lead.

Goodson carried four times for 43 yards and caught one pass for three yards on the nine-play, 81-yard drive. His scoring run broke the Browns’ streak of 23 consecutive games without giving up a touchdown on their opponents’ opening possession. It was only the fourth rushing touchdown given up by the Browns this season. They had entered the game in a first-place tie with the Atlanta Falcons for the least amount of rushing touchdowns allowed this season.

The Panthers were backed up with a second-and-23 at their own 32-yard line, but a 15-yard pass from rookie Jimmy Clausen to Steve Smith and a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on the Browns for a blow to Clausen’s helmet moved Carolina to Cleveland’s 26-yard line.


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Kasay kicks FG

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 28, 2010 – 7:21 pm

John Kasay’s 43-yard field goal with 3:19 remaining in the second quarter has cut the Browns’ lead to 21-10 over the Carolina Panthers at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Kasay’s kick capped off a ten-play, 49-yard drive that took 5:53 off the second quarter clock.


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Hillis scores another

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 28, 2010 – 7:10 pm

Peyton Hillis scored his third rushing touchdown of the day from six yards out and helped the Browns build a 21-7 lead over the Carolina Panthers at Cleveland Browns Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Hillis’ other scores were from nine and five yards away.

He has a new career high for rushing touchdowns in a game with those three scores and is tied for the league lead with 13 total touchdowns. He had twice scored two touchdowns in a game, including in this season’s 34-14 Browns win over the New England Patriots.

Hillis is the first Browns running back to score three touchdowns in a game since Jerome Harrison accomplished the feat in last season’s 41-34 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.


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