ARLINGTON, Texas — After two Phil Dawson field goals and a first-quarter touchdown pass, the Cleveland Browns built a 13-0 halftime lead over the Dallas Cowboys in today’s game at Cowboys Stadium.
With his 37-yard field goal at the 5:07 mark of the second quarter, Dawson extended the Browns’ lead to 13-0 over the Cowboys. Dawson’s kick was his second of the game and capped off an 11-play, 55-yard drive that took more than four minutes off the second-quarter clock.
Running back Montario Hardesty rushed for 19 yards and a first down on his two carries on the possession.
Dawson’s 51-yard field goal extended the Browns’ lead to 10-0 over the Cowboys at the 12:09 mark of the second quarter.
Dawson’s field goal was his fifth of the season from at least 50 yards. He is 18 of 18 on field goal attempts this season and has converted 24 straight three-pointers, three away from his career best streak of 27 consecutive over the 2003-04 seasons.
He currently has the longest consecutive field goals streak in the NFL and also leads the league with 12 field goals of 50 or more yards since the start of the 2011 season.
Browns running back Trent Richardson had the longest play of the scoring drive when he caught a 27-yard pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden on the last snap of the first quarter.
On second-and-five from the Browns’ 21-yard line, Weeden checked the ball down to Richardson, who ran to Cleveland’s 48-yard line before defensive back Morris Claiborne pushed him out of bounds. Three plays later, wide receiver Josh Gordon caught a deflected pass for a 13-yard gain on third-and-five.
Initially, cornerback Orlando Scandrick deflected the ball. However, Gordon then tipped the ball into the air and pulled it down before being tackled.
With three defensive stops and a touchdown pass from Weeden to tight end Benjamin Watson, the Browns built a 7-0 lead over the Cowboys after the first quarter of play from Cowboys Stadium.
Watson caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Weeden and gave the Browns a 7-0 lead over the Cowboys with 4:01 remaining in the first quarter. On third-and-goal from the Cowboys’ 10-yard line, Weeden took the snap, dropped back and found Watson open over the middle of the field. The veteran tight end caught the pass in-between three Dallas defenders.
An official review of the play upheld the ruling of a touchdown. Originally, Watson caught the ball, but it was jarred loose by a hit from a defender. However, Watson corralled the ball before it hit the ground to finish the 10-play, 48-yard drive with a touchdown.
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