Browns lead after three quarters

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 2, 2012 – 11:43 pm

OAKLAND — The Cleveland Browns held a 13-10 lead over the Oakland Raiders after three quarters of play from the O.co Coliseum.

Carson Palmer’s 64-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Rod Streater cut the Browns’ lead over the Raiders to 13-10 with 17 seconds left in the third quarter.

On first-and-10 from the Raiders’ 36-yard line, Palmer pump-faked to his left before looking right and finding Streater behind the coverage of cornerback Buster Skrine for the catch. Streater then outraced the Browns’ defense for the final yards before the score.

The Raiders’ drive took four plays, covered 80 yards and came on the ensuing possession after Phil Dawson had a 28-yard field goal attempt partially deflected before it sailed wide left.

Dawson converted a 35-yard field goal on the Browns’ first possession of the second half. He extended the team’s lead over the Raiders to 13-3 with 9:51 remaining in the third quarter.

Dawson’s field goal, the 299th of his 14-year career, capped off a 10-play, 48-yard drive that took 5:07 off the third quarter clock.

The Browns took a 10-3 lead over the Raiders into the locker room at halftime of Sunday’s AFC game.

Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski converted a 51-yard field goal attempt and cut the Cleveland lead to 10-3 with 4:28 remaining in the first half.

Janikowski kicked 40th career field goal from at least 50 yards, which is tied for third on the NFL’s all-time list. He is now 16 for his last 19 from at least 40 yards, with his only misses being from 59, 64 and 65 yards, respectively.

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden and extended the team’s lead over the Raiders to 10-0 with 10:25 remaining in the second quarter.

One play after Weeden completed an 18-yard pass to second-year wide receiver Greg Little, the rookie quarterback found Gordon open on the left side of the field. Gordon got past the coverage of cornerback Ron Bartell and caught the ball in stride for the score.

The score was Gordon’s fifth touchdown of the season and his 10th reception of 20 or more yards. All of his touchdown receptions have been longer than 20 yards.

Earlier in the first half, Dawson converted a 41-yard field goal attempt and gave the team a 3-0 lead over the Raiders with 12:59 left to play in the second quarter. With the kick, Dawson broke his own team record for the most consecutive field goals made.

He has now converted 299 career field goal attempts and is the sixth-most accurate kicker in NFL history among those with a minimum of 100 makes (84.1 percent).

The Browns and Raiders played a scoreless first quarter.

The Browns registered two defensive stops in the first quarter and forced a pair of Shane Lechler punts. Oakland stopped the Browns’ first drive when Matt Giordano intercepted Weeden on a second-and-10 pass attempt from the Raiders’ 33-yard line.

Weeden’s pass was intended for tight end Benjamin Watson on a seam route down the middle of the field.


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