Browns, Jets play back and forth first half

Jets take 17-13 lead into halftime after 1-yard TD run by Mark Sanchez with 23 seconds left in second quarter

CLEVELAND—In a game that has had little defense thus far, the Jets used a Mark Sanchez two-yard run with 23 seconds to play in the half to take their first lead of the game at 17-13.

Neither team punted in the first half as the Browns scored on four of their five possessions. The only non score was a Peyton Hillis fumble. Meanwhile, the Jets scored on three of their four opportunities with the only non score being a missed 48-yard field goal by Nick Folk.

The Browns took a 3-0 lead on a 34-yard field goal by Phil Dawson with 9:52 to play in the first quarter on the opening drive of the game. After the kickoff, the Browns started at their 14 and march 69 yards on 11 plays for the score. They took 5:08 off the clock. Colt McCoy threw to Ben Watson for 19 yards to the Jets' 47 after Peyton Hilllis picked up a first down on a six-yard reception on third down. Hillis followed with a 14-yard run to the 33 and then a 14-yard pass to Robert Royal gave the Browns a first down. On third-and-8 from the 17, McCoy barely overthrew an open Watson in the end zone to force the field goal.

Working wih a short field, the Jets tied the score at 3-3 with a 27-yard field goal by Nick Folk with 5:52 to play in the first quarter. The Browns tried an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff that looked like it would've worked, but Dawson's kick scooted out of bounds to give the Jets great field position at the Browns' 42.

The Jets moved to the Browns' nine before stalling and settling for the field goal. The Jets' longest plays on the drive were a 9-yard run by LaDainian Tomlinson and a 9-yard pass from Mark Sanchez to Dustin Keller.

After the kickoff following the Jets' field goal, Hillis fumbled on the second carry after being hit by Jim Leonhard and recovered by David Harris at the Browns' 31. The Browns defense stiffened and Folk missed a 48-yard field goal as he was wide left.

After the field goal miss, Hillis put the Browns up 10-3 with 16 seconds left in the first quarter on a 12-yard run around left end. Lawrence Vickers sealed the edge with a big block on Bart Scott. The Browns started with a 14-yard end around by Josh Cribbs. Two plays later, McCoy hit Chansi Stuckey for eight yards, but Scott was called for a personal foul on McCoy to move the ball to the Jets' 20.

On first down, Hillis was called for holding, but an 18-yard pass to Watson moved the ball to the 12. Hillis scored his eighth rushing touchdown of the season on the next play.

The Jets came back and tied the game at 10-10 with 11:09 to play as Sanchez hit Jerricho Cotchery for a 25-yard score on third-and-8.  Sanchez started the drive with a 16-yard pass to Santonio Holmes to the 40. He then hit Braylon Edwards for 21 yards on third-and-8 to the Browns' 37. After a nine-yard run by Brad Smith, Sanchez found Cotchery wide open in the end zone.

The Browns took the lead as Dawson kicked his second field goal from 23 yards with 5:13 to play in the second quarter. McCoy hit Hillis for 12 yards to the Jets' 42 and then hit Cribbs on a swing pass for 37 yards to the five. However, the Browns couldn't get closer than the three before settling for the field goal. They moved 66 yards in 10 plays and took 5:56 off the clock.

The Jets came right back and took a 17-13 lead with 23 seconds to play in the first half as Sanchez went in from two yards out. The Jets went 80 yards in 11 plays to take the lead. The Jets were aided by two penalties on the drive. An illegal contact penalty on Scott Fujita gave the Jets a first down and then a pass interference on Eric Wright covering Holmes added 27 yards to the Jets to the Browns' 34.

A nine-yard run by Shonn Greene and a 12-yard pass to Greene from Sanchez gave the Jets the ball on the six. On third-and-two, Sanchez went up the middle for the score.


Colt No. 4: QB Colt McCoy made his fourth consecutive start for the Browns. He was 8-of-12 for 112 yards in the first half, with a long of 37 yards to WR Josh Cribbs.

Peyton's Day: RB Peyton Hillis rushed 10 times for 60 yards and a touchdown in the first half. It was Hillis' seventh rushing touchdown of the season. He fumbled for the fourth time this season in the first quarter on a six-yard run, but the Jets were unable to score as K Nick Folk missed a 48-yard field goal.  Hillis also caught three passes for 16 yards.

Almost Worked: The Browns continued their trick plays with an onside kick attempt after their first score. It looked as though it would work, but K Phil Dawson's kick went out of bounds to give the Jets a first down on the Browns' 42. The Jets kicked a field goal.

Top Receivers: TE Ben Watson had two receptions for 37 yards in the first half, while WR Josh Cribbs had one for 37 yards.

Top Tacklers: DL Kenyon Coleman was the leading tackler with five, followed by DL Ahtyba Rubin and T. J. Ward with four each.

Brown Down: CB Sheldon Brown left the field and went to the locker room after a helmet-to-helmet hit with WR Braylon Edwards. He injured his right shoulder and his return was questionable.  WR Josh Cribbs injured his foot and his return was questionable. LB Scott Fujita also went to the locker room.

Family Reunion: Buddy Ryan, longtime NFL coach and father of Jets' coach Rex Ryan and Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was on the field with his two sons prior to the game.

Former Browns: Besides the obvious, WR Braylon Edwards returning to play the Browns, Brodney Pool starts at safety for the Jets. Fans in the dawg pound had a 17 Browns jersey with the name ‘Stonehands' on the back. At the other end of the stadium there was a sign ‘Butterfingers' in green and white in a professionally looking sign that looked similar to a candy bar. Another sign said ‘The Drop Zone.' Edwards caught two passes for 27 yards in the first half.

Inactives: For the Browns: QB Jake Delhomme, WR Carlton Mitchell, OL Steve Vallos, DL Brian Sanford, TE Alex Smith, WR Demetrius Williams and DL Jayme Mitchell. Brett Ratliff is the third quarterback, while Seneca Wallace is the backup. Billy Yates started at right guard for Floyd Womack, who started at right tackle for John St. Clair. For the Jets: DB Marquice Cole, LB Josh Mauga, OL Vladimir Ducasse, DT Jarron Gilbert, TE Matthew Mulligan,  TE Jeff Cumberland and DT Marcus Dixon. Kellen Clemens is the third quarterback.

Moves: The Browns signed DL Brian Sanford to the active roster from the practice squad and released OL Paul McQuistan.

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