Browns 17, Dolphins 16

Posted by Matt Florjancic on September 25, 2011 – 8:09 pm

CLEVELAND — Mike Adams sealed the Browns’ 17-16 come-from-behind victory over the Miami Dolphins with his first interception of the season. Adams intercepted a fourth-and-10 attempt from Miami quarterback Chad Henne.

Mohamed Massaquoi’s 14-yard touchdown reception and Phil Dawson’s extra point have given the Browns a 17-16 lead  over the Miami Dolphins with 43 seconds remaining in regulation.

Massaquoi caught the ball along the right sideline and was able to get both feet down in bounds while maintaining possession of the football. The play capped off a 13-play, 80-yard drive that took 2:40 off the clock.

Despite a personal foul penalty on rookie defensive tackle Phil Taylor for hitting Miami quarterback Chad Henne after sliding following a scramble to the right of the formation, the Browns defense held the Dolphins on third-and-long and forced Dan Carpenter to kick a 38-yard field goal.

Miami now leads the Browns 16-10 with 3:23 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Carpenter made a 41-yard field goal and gave the Miami Dolphins a 13-10 lead over the Browns with 2:29 remaining in the third quarter of play.

Carpenter’s kick capped a 14-play, 70-yard drive and came one play after the Browns’ Phil Taylor registered a sack of Henne. Taylor’s sack was followed up by an unnecessary roughness penalty on Brandon Marshall for a hit on Adams after Henne had been sacked.

Phil Dawson kicked a 30-yard field goal to tie the score at 10 between the Browns and Miami Dolphins with 10:37 remaining in the third quarter of play.

Dawson — whose kick capped off a nine-play, 68-yard drive — moved passed Don Cockroft for second place on the Browns’ all-time scoring list. He has scored 1,081 points in a Browns uniform.

After missing from 51 yards out earlier in the first half, Carpenter connected on a 23-yard field goal attempt with 27 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Carpenter’s kick capped off an 11-play, 75-yard drive that took 3:38 off the clock.

Colt McCoy’s 33-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Cribbs has drawn the Browns even with the Dolphins at 7-7 with 7:16 remaining in the first half.

At the start of the play, McCoy faked a handoff to running back Montario Hardesty and rolled out to his right. Just as Miami’s defense was closing in on McCoy, he threw the ball deep to Cribbs, who had gotten past the coverage. Cribbs out-jumped left cornerback Sean Smith before securing the ball and the score.

The Browns needed just six plays to go 59 yards for the game-tying score and again, a special teams play served as the catalyst for the team’s first scoring drive of the game.

In the first two weeks, it was a kickoff return of more than 50 yards by Cribbs. In today’s game, it was Carpenter’s 51-yard missed field goal attempt.

Chad Henne’s 10-yard touchdown pass to running back Daniel Thomas gave the Miami Dolphins a 7-0 lead over the Browns with 8:09 remaining in the first quarter from Cleveland Browns Stadium and they took that advantage into the second quarter.

Henne was able to extend a play two snaps earlier after being flushed out of the pocket by Browns rookie Jabaal Sheard. He stepped up and appeared to have running room, but instead delivered a pass to tight end Anthony Fasano for a first down.

The Henne-to-Thomas connection capped off a four-play drive that was set up by Jimmy Wilson’s interception of McCoy. McCoy rolled out to his right on second-and-four and threw a pass across his body toward Mohamed Massaquoi, but Wilson was able to corral the interception.

Later in the first quarter, the Dolphins were looking to add to their lead, but Browns defensive end Jayme Mitchell registered his first career forced fumble in the waning moments of the period.

On second-and-eight from the Browns’ 22-yard line, Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush gained three yards running to the left side of the formation. Mitchell and safety T.J. Ward combined on the tackle and Mitchell knocked the ball loose at the end of the play. Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson recovered the ball for the Browns.

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