With four second-half touchdowns, the Washington Redskins overcame a four-point halftime deficit and earned a 38-21 come-from-behind victory over the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The Redskins improved to 8-6 with the win and extended their winning streak to five games. The Browns saw their three-game winning streak come to an end and fell to 5-9 on the season.
Washington running back Alfred Morris’ eight-yard touchdown run gave the Redskins a 38-21 lead over the Browns with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Morris’ touchdown run, his second of the game, finished off an eight-play, 76-yard drive that lasted 5:11.
Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden completed a 69-yard touchdown pass to fellow rookie, wide receiver Travis Benjamin, and cut the Washington lead to 31-21 with 10:11 left in regulation.
The Browns faced a third-and-seven from their own 31-yard line when Weeden took the snap and found Benjamin behind the coverage of third-year cornerback D.J. Johnson. After catching the ball, Benjamin darted to the middle of the field and created enough space between himself and the defender to secure the touchdown.
The scoring drive lasted three plays, covered 72 yards and took 1:08 off the clock.
Second-year running back Evan Royster extended the Redskins’ lead over the Browns to 31-14 with 11:19 left to play in the fourth quarter. Royster’s touchdown run capped off a 10-play, 67-yard drive that took 4:42 off the fourth-quarter clock.
The Redskins held a 24-14 lead over the Browns after three quarters of play.
Second-year wide receiver Leonard Hankerson caught a two-yard touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins and extended Washington’s lead over the Browns to 24-14 with 7:40 left in the third quarter.
The Redskins marched 60 yards on seven plays and took 3:44 off the third-quarter clock. It was their second touchdown in as many second-half possessions after the defense intercepted Weeden and Morris followed with a three-yard touchdown run on the drive of the third quarter.
On the strength of two rushing touchdowns by rookie running back Trent Richardson, the Browns took a 14-10 lead over the Redskins after the first half.
Richardson rushed for a one-yard touchdown and put the Browns back in front of the Redskins, 14-10, with 1:11 left in the first half.
Richardson’s touchdown run was his second of the game and 11th of the season. He has scored 12 overall touchdowns during his rookie season with the Browns.
The Browns’ second touchdown drive of the game travelled 75 yards in nine plays and took 4:35 off the second-quarter clock.
Washington kicker Kai Forbath converted a 44-yard field goal attempt and gave the Redskins their first lead of the game over the Cleveland Browns, 10-7, with 5:46 remaining in the second quarter of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Forbath capped off a nine-play, 51-yard drive that took 3:36 off the second-quarter clock.
The Browns and Redskins played an even first quarter and entered the second period of play tied at 7-7.
Cousins delivered a 54-yard touchdown pass to Hankerson and tied the Redskins with the Browns, at 7-7, with 2:16 left in the first quarter.
Cousins took the snap on first-and-10 from his own 46-yard line and ran a bootleg to the right side of the field. He threw the ball downfield and Hankerson leaked past the Browns’ coverage before corralling the football. After picking himself up off the ground, Hankerson ran the final few yards for the touchdown.
The scoring pass came one play after Reggie Hodges’ 34-yard punt at the end of the Browns’ third possession.
Richardson’s six-yard touchdown run gave the Browns a 7-0 lead over the Redskins with 8:41 remaining in the first quarter.
The run, Richardson’s 10th rushing touchdown and 11th overall score, allowed him to break two Browns rookie records. Richardson broke a first-place tie with Pro Football Hall of Famer, Jim Brown, who had nine rushing touchdowns in his rookie season of 1957. He also broke a three-way tie with Brown and Eric Metcalf for the most combined touchdowns by a Browns rookie. Both Brown and Metcalf had 10 touchdowns in their rookie seasons with the Browns.
The Browns’ defense set up the one-play, six-yard, nine-second drive with a turnover.
On third-and-10 from Washington’s 23-yard line, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins threw a pass for Pierre Garcon, but defensive back Sheldon Brown batted the ball into the air and safety T.J. Ward caught his first interception of the season. Ward returned the ball 37 yards to the Redskins’ six-yard line.
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