Browns Defense Holds

Jaguars offense can't find end zone on game's final drive as Browns escape with four-point victory.

CLEVELAND — It looked as though it was another made to order heartbreak loss for the Browns as the Jaguars had a first down on the Browns' 14 with 52 seconds to play and the Browns clinging to a 14-10 lead.

In the end, the Jaguars failed to get in from inside the Browns' two-yard line on the final three plays and the Browns snapped their losing streak to improve to 4-6.

A little clock mismanagement by the Jaguars helped, as well.

The Jaguars took over with 2:49 to play on their own 29 and after moving to the 45 at the two-minute warning, Blaine Gabbert threw a 12-yard pass to Mercedes Lewis that moved the ball into Browns territory.

However, with just 1:24 to play and the Jaguars faced with fourth-and-one at the 34, Phil Taylor jumped offside and the Jaguars had a first down at the 29. After two incomplete passes and facing third-and-10, Gabbert tried to hit Jason Hill deep down the field. Gabbert overthrew Hill, but Joe Haden was called for pass interference and the Jaguars had a first down on the 14 with 52 seconds to play.

Haden said he didn't interfere on the play.

"No, it wasn't pass interference," Haden said. "I was being aggressive."

However, he was happy with the outcome.

"It was crazy," Haden said. "We knew we had to make a play and unfortunately, we got all the way down to the one. Our defense showed the passion and fight we have by not letting them into the end zone.

"As a secondary, we know they have a good run game and a lot of power, but at the same time we know that there's play action and you can't lose your man—you have to clamp down on him. The linebackers did their thing and we were able to provide good coverage."

After the interference penalty, Gabbert threw an incomplete pass on first down and then hit Chastin West for nine yards to the five with 46 seconds to play.

Maurice Jones-Drew ran right for three yards to the two for a first down. On the next play, Jones-Drew was stopped at the one by Chris Gocong and Taylor. The Jaguars chose to not call a timeout until after Jones-Drew's second run and let the clock run from 41 seconds left to to play before taking a timeout with eight seconds to play and facing second-and-goal at the one.

By waiting so long to take their final timeout, the Jaguars lost at least one play that would've been a fourth down play from the one.

Gabbert threw incomplete to Hill in the end zone against Haden on second down, but with three seconds to play had one last shot. Gabbert threw over the middle to Mike Thomas, but D'Qwell Jackson was able to break it up and the Browns had a win.

Several of the Browns were glad to see the final pass fall to the ground.

"You live for games like this that come down to the wire," Taylor said. "It feels great when you can come out with a victory."

"When I saw (the incompletion), I let out a sigh of relief," Ahtyba Rubin said.

Haden echoed Rubin's sentiment.

"We have been going through a lot and losing by a little," Haden said. "The offense wasn't doing too well, but they picked up this game and the defense, we were ‘bend, but don't break'.

"This makes everyone that much happier; we can come in here and laugh and joke. We're going to have to work when we come back in, because we're still not where we need to be. We need to get our corrections and try to get another one (in Cincinnati)."


Red Zone Improvement?: The Browns moved four times into the red zone and converted half of the attempts into touchdowns. It looked like the Browns were going to be 100 percent in the red zone after scoring a touchdown on their first trip inside the 20. After getting to the 16 in the third quarter, K Phil Dawson hit a 40-yard field goal to make the Browns 2-of-2. However, a leaping penalty was called on LB Mike Lockley and the Browns took points off the board for a first down at the Jaguars' 11. On third-and-five from the six, QB Colt McCoy threw an interception to DB Dawan Landry on a pass intended in the end zone for TE Ben Watson.

Shurmur was asked if he regretted taking points off the board.

"Not at all," he said. "When you get a first down at the 11 like that, you take it."

On the team's third trip, they scored a touchdown on a three-yard pass from McCoy to WR Josh Cribbs to make it 14-7 with 12:15 to play in the game. On the fourth trip, clinging to a 14-10 lead, the Browns moved to the Jags' 16, but after a sack, Dawson narrowly missed on a 38-yard field goal with 2:49 to play to keep the Browns lead at 14-10 lead.

"Everybody talked about the red zone," Shurmur said. "We converted on a couple chances, but threw the pick."

Disputed Field Goal Call: K Phil Dawson maintained his 38-yard field goal that was deemed wide right with 2:49 to play was good. Shurmur said field goals can be challenged and reviewed if they are below the uprights, but the officials said the kick was too high and wouldn't allow Shurmur to challenge.

"If you can't review above the upright, why ever use it?," Dawson said.

Ogbonnaya Shines: RB Chris Ogbonnaya rushed for 115 yards on 21 carries (5.5 avg.) including a touchdown. Ogbonnaya had nine carries for 17 yards and a touchdown in the first half, but had 98 in the second half. He caught two passes for 19 yards.

"It felt good," Ogbonnaya said. "I had a good feel for the guys and we came together and got in a rhythm."

The Jaguars have one of the better defenses in the NFL.

"We knew they had a stout defense," Ogbonnaya said. "We made some adjustments and the line did a great job."

Ogbonnaya's biggest play was a 40-yard run where it looked like he might have pulled a hamstring as he ran out of bounds. However, he said his leg just cramped up.

"I was able to get some Gatorade in and get back in there."

Colt's Day: QB Colt McCoy was 17-of-24 for 199 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He had a long of 51 yards to WR Jordan Norwood. He was sacked twice and had a rating of 92.2. McCoy also ran the ball five times for 27 yards, including a long of 15 yards.

"I feel like overall, we moved the ball," McCoy said. "We had some penalties that hurt us, but at the end, we moved the ball well."

Bad Plays: On fourth- and- one with 1:04 to play, DL Phil Taylor jumped offside to give the Jags'an automatic first down at the 29. On third-and-10 QB Blaine Gabbert threw an incomplete pass, but CB Joe Haden interfered to give the Jagss a first down on the 14.

Timeout Backfires: The Browns used their timeouts up trying to get the ball back before halftime, but it almost backfired as the Jaguars, who seemed to be content to run out the clock, started moving and ended up moving to the Browns' 35, but a penalty set the Jaguars' back to the 40 and they punted, rather than attempt a 58-yard field goal.

Long Drive: After the Browns gave up a 92-yard drive, the Browns put together an 87-yard drive of their own to tie the game at seven on RB Chris Ogbonnaya's one yard run. The score was set up on a pass interference penalty on DB Dawan Landry on Ogbonnaya in end zone. On the second try from the one, Ogbonnaya went in over left tackle Joe Thomas. QB Colt McCoy hit WR Greg Little for 22 yards and WR Jordan Norwood for 51 yards on the drive.

Long Drive II: The Browns second touchdown came on a three-yard touchdown pass to WR Josh Cribbs from McCoy. However, the Browns went 85 yards on 12 plays taking 6:22 off the clock.

Big Play Norwood: WR Jordan Norwood has played more and more in recent weeks and he had the play of the game with a 51-yard reception on third-and-6 to set up the Browns' touchdown. That was Norwood's only catch of the game.

"I think that we have come a long way offensively and things started to come together today," Norwood said.

Cribbs TD: WR Josh Cribbs made a nice catch and kept both feet inbounds on the three-yard touchdown. He had three receptions for 20 yards with a long of 13 yards. Cribbs ran the ball once for two yards. He had two kickoff returns for 63 yards with a long of 37 yards.

"Josh did a nice job of getting open and getting his feet down," McCoy said.

"We're coming along," Cribbs said. "I think Pat (Shurmur) is doing a real good job of putting plays in that will get guys the football. You saw Jordan (Norwood) come alive and Greg (Little) is still catching the ball down the field along with myself and Mohamed (Massaquoi). Guys are getting the football and Colt (McCoy) is throwing the ball and making good reads. It is coming along."

Little's Day: WR Greg Little led the Browns with five receptions for 59 yards with a long of 22 yards.

Healthy Tonic: The Jaguars have had a tough time on offense and then they reeled off a 92 yard, 18 play drive on their second possession. The drive took just under 10 minutes (9:53) before RB Maurice Jones-Drew scored from six yards out.

Top Tacklers: DB Usama Young, filling in for DB T.J. Ward led the Browns with 10 tackles, followed by LB D'Qwell Jackson with 9 and DL Phil Taylor with 9. DL Jabaal Sheard had the Browns only sack.

Shot in the Foot: On the Browns opening drive, WR Josh Cribbs caught a pass for over 33 yards that would've given the Browns the ball a first down near the Jaguars' 26, but he was called for pass interference.

Shot in the Foot II: On the Jaguars' opening possession of the second half, the defense appeared to force a three-and-out, but DB Usama Young was called for holding to give the Jaguars a first down.

Hardesty Out: RB Chris Ogbonnaya started in place of RB Montario Hardesty and RB Peyton Hillis. Hardesty started practicing this week and was a game time decision, but he was made inactive.

Massaquoi Starts: WR Mohamed Massaquoi started after missing last week with a concussion. Massaquoi caught a 13-yard pass with a little over 9 minutes to play in the first quarter to give the Browns a first down for his first reception. He finished with two receptions for 19 yards.

First Quarter Woes: The Browns came into the game being out scored 58 to 9 in the first quarter. The Browns did not score in the first quarter, but neither did the Jaguars.

Strange Play: The Browns only sack occurred in the fourth quarter when QB Blaine Gabbert threw a backwards pass 15 yards to the 24 for a 15-yard loss as DL Jabaal Sheard twirled him around. The Jags were on the Browns nine and K Josh Scobee kicked a 42-yard field goal to make it 14-10.

Third Quarter Woes, Too: The Browns haven't done much better in the third quarter as they had been outscored 32-12 in that period. The two teams played to a scoreless third quarter. However, the Browns took a field goal off the board after a penalty gave the Browns a first down at the Jags' 11. The Browns have not scored a touchdown in the third quarter for 14 games going back to the final four of 2011 and the first 10 this season. The Browns second touchdown was scored on the sixth play of the fourth quarter after a 12 play, 85 yard drive.

Marecic Dinged: FB Owen Marecic left the game with a head injury and did not return. Marecic caught an 11-yard pass on the Browns second touchdown drive. S Mike Adams left in the first quarter, but he returned a couple of plays later.

Hot Potato: Browns DB's dropped at least two interceptions on passes from rookie QB Blaine Gabbert. CB Joe Haden dropped one in the first half and CB Sheldon Brown in the fourth quarter. Haden had a wide open field in front of him and Brown's came when the Jaguars were driving after the Browns took a 14-7 lead and Jacksonville ended up with a 42-yard field goal from K Josh Scobee.

Coin Toss: The Browns lost the coin toss for the 10th straight week. The Jaguars called tails and it was tails. An NFL study shows that teams who win the toss, win 52 percent of the time.

Ties: Former Browns WR Brian Robiskie was inactive for the Jaguars and has yet to play. Former Mt. Union and Cleveland native, WR Cecil Shorts III was also inactive. Former Browns DL C.J. Mosley started for DL Terrance Knighton and Matt Roth started at left defensive end.

Inactives: RB Peyton Hillis, RB Montario Hardesty, QB Thaddeus Lewis, OL Steve Vallos, OL Oniel Cousins, TE Jordan Cameron and DB T.J. Ward. For the Jaguars: WR Brian Robiskie, RB Brock Bolen, C John Estes, DE Aaron Kampman, WR Cecil Shorts III, TE Fendi Onobun and DT Terrance Knighton.

Former Browns Captains: The honorary alumni captains for the Browns were QB Bill Nelsen and RB Bo Scott. Nelsen played with the Browns from 1968-72 and Scott from 1969-74. For the current Browns, OL Tony Pashos, LB D'Qwell Jackson and LB Kaluka Maiava.

Reunion: A father and son were re-united during a break in the second quarter. Felix Poteate I served 25 years in the US Air Force and his son Felix Poteate II was serving in Afghanistan and he was brought to Browns Stadium for a surprise reunion with his father. The Poteates are Cleveland natives and now live in Beavercreek, Ohio.

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