Baker ties the score

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 15, 2013 – 7:58 pm

Cleveland running back Edwin Baker, who was signed earlier this week off the Houston Texans’ practice squad, rushed for a two-yard touchdown, the first of his NFL career, and drew the Browns even with the Chicago Bears, 17-17, with 8:20 to play in the third quarter from FirstEnergy Stadium.

The 10-play, 85-yard drive took 5:28 off the clock and featured back-to-back Wildcat runs by tight end MarQueis Gray for a combined total 30 yards on carries of 18 and 12 yards, respectively.

Earlier in the possession, quarterback Jason Campbell completed a 14-yard pass to wide receiver Greg Little two plays after scrambling for a 17-yard gain.


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Bears take lead on INT TD

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 15, 2013 – 7:47 pm

Chicago cornerback Zack Bowman turned his second interception of Jason Campbell into a 43-yard return for a touchdown, a score that gave the Bears a 17-10 lead over the Cleveland Browns with 13:48 left in the third quarter of play from FirstEnergy Stadium.

Bowman intercepted a pass intended for Browns wide receiver Greg Little on the right side of the formation, and then, got multiple blocks before reaching the end zone.


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Browns, Bears tied at the half

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 15, 2013 – 7:27 pm

The Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears played to a 10-10 tie after one half of play from FirstEnergy Stadium. 131215-tashaun-gipson-ai

Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler capped off a four-play, 66-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown pass to veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall, which brought the Bears to a 10-10 tie with the Browns with 24 seconds to play in the first half.

Two plays earlier, Marshall caught a 41-yard pass that moved the Bears from their own 46-yard line to the Browns’ 13.

The Bears had looked as though they got to within four points of the Browns with five minutes to play in the first half, but kicker Robbie Gould’s 46-yard field goal was nullified when defensive end Corey Wootton was whistled for a holding penalty.

Originally, the Bears had lined up to go for it on fourth-and-one-from the Browns’ 24-yard line, but a false start penalty on wide receiver Alshon Jeffery backed them up five yards and forced Chicago to attempt a long field goal.

Cleveland free safety Tashaun Gipson returned a Cutler interception 44 yards for a touchdown and gave the Browns a 10-3 lead over the Bears with 8:01 to play in the first half.

On second-and-12 from Chicago’s 17-yard line, Cutler dropped back in the shotgun formation and threw a pass deep down the left sideline for Marshall, but overthrew the veteran pass-catcher and Gipson corralled his second interception of the game, a first in the NFL for the second-year defensive back out of the University of Wyoming.

After collecting his fourth interception of the season, which is tied with cornerback Joe Haden for the team lead, Gipson followed his wall of blockers into the end zone for his first NFL touchdown.

Earlier in the half, Gould converted a 23-yard field goal attempt and drew the Bears even with the Browns, 3-3, with 12:55 to play in the first half of today’s inter-conference game.

On their nine-minute, 31-second drive, the Bears travelled 75 yards in 15 plays.

Cutler converted three of the four third-down attempts the Bears faced on the drive, including a third-and-11 from his own 19-yard line with a 22-yard pass to tight end Martellus Bennett and later, a third-and-eight from the Browns’ 43 with an 18-yard throw to wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

Courtesy of a field goal after a forced turnover, the Browns held a 3-0 lead over the Bears after the first quarter of play.

Cleveland kicker Billy Cundiff converted a 35-yard field goal attempt and gave the Browns a 3-0 lead over the Bears with 7:26 to play in the first quarter.

The Browns marched 56 yards on seven plays in 3:11, with the big play of the drive going for a 44-yard gain. On first-and-10 from the Browns’ 37-yard line, quarterback Jason Campbell threw a short pass to wide receiver Greg Little, who caught the ball behind the line of scrimmage, and then, followed blocks from tight end Jordan Cameron, left tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack for the 44-yard gain down to Chicago’s 19.

The Browns’ first scoring play of the game was set up by a Bears turnover.

After the Bears has marched from their 35-yard line to the Browns’ 14, Cutler took a snap on first-and-10 and looked for Marshall on an inside slant route, but Cleveland safety T.J. Ward batted the ball into the air, where fellow Gipson collected his third interception of the season.

Gipson then returned the ball 35 yards to the Browns’ 27.


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Marshall catches tying TD

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 15, 2013 – 7:22 pm

Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler capped off a four-play, 66-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown pass to veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall, which brought the Bears to a 10-10 tie with the Cleveland Browns with 24 seconds to play in the first half from FirstEnergy Stadium.

Two plays earlier, Marshall caught a 41-yard pass that moved the Bears from their own 46-yard line to the Browns’ 13.


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Gipson returns pick for TD

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 15, 2013 – 7:00 pm

Cleveland free safety Tashaun Gipson returned a Jay Cutler interception 44 yards for a touchdown and gave the Browns a 10-3 lead over the Chicago Bears with 8:01 to play in the first half from FirstEnergy Stadium.

On second-and-12 from Chicago’s 17-yard line, Cutler dropped back in the shotgun formation and threw a pass deep down the left sideline for wide receiver Brandon Marshall, but overthrew the veteran pass-catcher and Gipson corralled his second interception of the game, a first in the NFL for the second-year defensive back out of the University of Wyoming.

After collecting his fourth interception of the season, which is tied with cornerback Joe Haden for the team lead, Gipson followed his wall of blockers into the end zone for his first NFL touchdown.


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Gould evens the score

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 15, 2013 – 6:37 pm

Chicago kicker Robbie Gould converted a 23-yard field goal attempt and drew the Bears even with the Cleveland Browns, 3-3, with 12:55 to play in the first half of today’s inter-conference game from FirstEnergy Stadium.

On their nine-minute, 31-second drive, the Bears travelled 75 yards in 15 plays.

Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler converted three of the four third-down attempts the Bears faced on the drive, including a third-and-11 from his own 19-yard line with a 22-yard pass to tight end Martellus Bennett and later, a third-and-eight from the Browns’ 43 with an 18-yard throw to wide receiver Brandon Marshall.


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Browns lead Bears after one

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 15, 2013 – 6:29 pm

Courtesy of a field goal after a forced turnover, the Cleveland Browns held a 3-0 lead over the Chicago Bears after one quarter of play in today’s inter-conference game from FirstEnergy Stadium.

Cleveland kicker Billy Cundiff converted a 35-yard field goal attempt and gave the Browns a 3-0 lead over the Bears with 7:26 to play in the first quarter.

The Browns marched 56 yards on seven plays in 3:11, with the big play of the drive going for a 44-yard gain. On first-and-10 from the Browns’ 37-yard line, quarterback Jason Campbell threw a short pass to wide receiver Greg Little, who caught the ball behind the line of scrimmage, and then, followed blocks from tight end Jordan Cameron, left tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack for the 44-yard gain down to Chicago’s 19.

The Browns’ first scoring play of the game was set up by a Bears turnover.

After the Bears has marched from their 35-yard line to the Browns’ 14, Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler took a snap on first-and-10 and looked for veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall on an inside slant route, but Cleveland safety T.J. Ward batted the ball into the air, where fellow defensive back Tashaun Gipson collected his third interception of the season.

Gipson then returned the ball 35 yards to the Browns’ 27.


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Cundiff puts Browns in front

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 15, 2013 – 6:22 pm

Cleveland kicker Billy Cundiff converted a 35-yard field goal attempt and gave the Browns a 3-0 lead over the Chicago Bears with 7:26 to play in the first quarter from FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Browns marched 56 yards on seven plays in 3:11, with the big play of the drive going for a 44-yard gain. On first-and-10 from the Browns’ 37-yard line, quarterback Jason Campbell threw a short pass to wide receiver Greg Little, who caught the ball behind the line of scrimmage, and then, followed blocks from tight end Jordan Cameron, left tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack for the 44-yard gain down to Chicago’s 19.

The Browns’ first scoring play of the game was set up by a Bears turnover.

After the Bears has marched from their 35-yard line to the Browns’ 14, Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler took a snap on first-and-10 and looked for veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall on an inside slant route, but Cleveland safety T.J. Ward batted the ball into the air, where fellow defensive back Tashaun Gipson collected his third interception of the season.

Gipson then returned the ball 35 yards to the Browns’ 27.


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Browns win toss, defer choice

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 15, 2013 – 6:04 pm

The Chicago Bears called “heads” and the coin toss came up “tails” prior to today’s inter-conference game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Browns elected to defer their choice until the second half and will kick off to the Bears to start today’s game.

The Bears, in their road white jerseys with blue numbers and lettering and orange trim and blue pants with orange and white trim down the sides, will defend the West end zone in the first quarter.

The Browns are in their brown jerseys with white numbers and lettering and white pants with orange and brown trim down the sides.


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Pinkston ‘excited’ to start again

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 15, 2013 – 4:41 pm

The Cleveland Browns’ coaching staff had planned to cycle offensive lineman Jason Pinkston into last Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium, but Pinkston got more action than even he could have expected. 131213-jason-pinkston-ai

After rotating with Shawn Lauvao at right guard, Pinkston was inserted into the lineup at left guard when veteran John Greco suffered a sprained knee, an injury that will keep him out of today’s home finale against the Chicago Bears. Pinkston will now make his first NFL start since last October.

“I’m pretty excited,” Pinkston said after Friday’s practice. “This is my first time in a long time doing this, coming back home and playing.

“I get to play. That’s all that matters. It just gives me a chance to get back out there, so it feels pretty good.”

Getting on the field in limited duty during the rotation, and later, for the duration of the second half after Greco’s knee injury meant everything to Pinkston, who missed 10 games last season because of blood clots and the first half of this year after suffering a high-ankle sprain in the preseason win over the Detroit Lions back in August.

Prior to the blood clots, Pinkston had made 22 consecutive starts at left guard after joining the Browns as a fifth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

“It was exciting,” Pinkston said of playing again. “I knew I was going to rotate in, and then, John went down. It was unfortunate, but I got to go in. I was just excited to play. It’s been over a year.

“It is (emotional) because I haven’t played in so long. It’s been so long. Especially, something you love and you have a chance of losing it, it’s emotional when you get back.”

Seeing Pinkston return to the field was emotional for his coaches as well.

“It’s been a long road, a tough road for him going back to the embolism and then, getting back to the point in training camp where he was getting better,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said. “You could see him start getting back to normal and then, he has the high-ankle sprain. We’ve got him back, and he’s been through a lot with that.

“I’ve really been impressed with his attitude, how he’s worked in the weight room, all the extra things, the rehab. He was in there nonstop and in the game, he was excited about playing again. I feel good for him and he did a good job last week.”

While he was excited to return to the field, Pinkston knows this is only the start of his NFL return.

“I thought I did pretty good in the pass game,” Pinkston said. “In the run game, I really didn’t help myself that much or the team. That’s just from being out and not really doing it as much. I’ve been working on it this week, so it should be better.

“I feel pretty good. My legs are okay. I haven’t really done too much hitting or practicing because I was out for a long time. It’s going (well).”

In addition to Greco, the Browns have deactivated running back Willis McGahee (concussion/knee), tight ends Andre Smith (calf) and Keavon Milton, quarterback Alex Tanney, and offensive lineman Martin Wallace and Reid Fragel for today’s game against the Bears.

Running back Chris Ogbonnaya will start in place of McGahee.

The Bears will be without the services of quarterback Jordan Palmer, safety Sean Cattouse, linebacker Lance Briggs, defensive tackle Christian Tupou, tackle/guard James Brown, tackle Jonathan Scott and defensive end Cornelius Washington.

Khaseem Greene will start at weak-side linebacker in place of Briggs, who will miss his seventh straight game because of a shoulder injury.


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