Browns lead after three quarters

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 9, 2012 – 8:18 pm

The Cleveland Browns held a 20-7 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs after three quarters of play in Sunday’s AFC showdown at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson converted a 24-yard field goal and increased the Browns’ lead over the Kansas City Chiefs to 20-7 with 8:42 remaining. The field goal was Dawson’s second of the day and capped off a five-play, seven-yard drive that saw two touchdowns come off the scoreboard due to penalties.

Tight end Benjamin Watson caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden, but he and wide receiver Greg Little were in motion at the same time and not set at the snap. The illegal shift penalty was followed by an offensive pass interference infraction on running back Trent Richardson.

The defense set up the Browns’ second scoring drive of the third quarter when Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn had a pass attempt deflected by cornerback Sheldon Brown. Safety Tashaun Gipson picked off the pass and returned it 23 yards.

Cleveland running back Trent Richardson hurdled the pile of players at the line of scrimmage and scored a one-yard touchdown, which extended the Browns’ lead over the Chiefs to 17-7 with 12:28 remaining in the third quarter.

Richardson’s run capped off a seven-play, 60-yard drive that took 2:32 off the third-quarter clock.

Richardson leads the team with eight rushing touchdowns and is now second on the franchise’s all-time list for the most rushing touchdowns by a Browns rookie. He is one shy of Jim Brown’s record of nine, a mark that was set back in 1957.

After one half of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium, the Browns held a 10-7 lead over the Chiefs.

Cleveland wide receiver Travis Benjamin returned Dustin Colquitt’s 41-yard punt 93 yards for a touchdown and put the Browns in front of the Chiefs, 10-7, with 14:40 to play in the second quarter.

Originally, Joshua Cribbs had dropped back to return the punt, but Benjamin ran onto the field late and Cribbs moved to the line of scrimmage as a blocker.

Benjamin fielded the punt at the seven-yard line, ran through the middle of the Chiefs’ coverage unit, got to the Browns’ sideline and crossed back to the middle of the field before getting into the end zone. It was the longest punt return in Browns history, and also, the longest for a touchdown.

Browns Legend Eric Metcalf set the previous mark for the longest punt return score in Browns history with a 92-yarder at Cincinnati on Sept. 4, 1994.

The Chiefs held a 7-3 lead over the Browns after the first quarter.

Dawson converted a 23-yard field goal attempt and drew the Browns to within four points of the Chiefs, at 7-3, with 3:53 remaining in the first quarter. The kick, which capped off an 11-play, 76-yard drive, was Dawson’s 300th career field goal. He is the 25th kicker in NFL history to reach the 300-field goal plateau and is 300 of 357 in his career (84.0 percent).

Dawson is the second-leading scorer in Browns history with 1,247 points and has the highest field-goal percentage of any kicker in team history. He has the seventh-best percentage in NFL history among those kickers with a minimum of 100 made field goals.

Following a false start penalty on Kansas City offensive lineman Russ Hochstein, kicker Ryan Succop missed a 27-yard field goal off the left upright in the East end zone and the score remained 7-0 in favor of the Chiefs with 7:53 left to play in the first quarter.

The Chiefs had driven to the Browns’ three-yard line and had a first-and-goal from the four, but the Cleveland defense got three straight stops before the missed kick.

On the drive, Quinn completed a 23-yard pass to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on third-and-eight from Kansas City’s 23-yard line. He later completed a 47-yard pass to Bowe down the Chiefs sideline that gave Kansas City a first-and-goal.

Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles gave the Chiefs a 7-0 lead over the Browns 12 seconds into the game with an 80-yard touchdown run behind right guard Jon Asamoah.

Charles broke into the Browns’ defense and ran through a tackle attempt by Cleveland safety T.J. Ward en route to his second-longest touchdown run of the year. Earlier in the season, Charles ran for a 91-yard touchdown in an overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints.

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