Browns Post Game Notes

Today’s victory marked Cleveland’s first home opener win since 2004, when the club topped Baltimore, 20-3, on Sept. 12.

Cleveland Browns vs. New Orleans Saints | FirstEnergy Stadium | Sept. 14, 2014

· Head Coach Mike Pettine earned his first win as an NFL head coach.

· Today’s victory marked Cleveland’s first home opener win since 2004, when the club topped Baltimore, 20-3, on Sept. 12.

· QB Brian Hoyer improved to 4-1 as a starter for the Browns and has two two-minute game-winning drives. Trailing, 24-23, with the ball at the Cleveland 4-yard line and 2:43 remaining, Hoyer engineered a 14-play, 85 yard drive to setup a game-winning field goal.

· Hoyer completed 24 of 40 passes for 204 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. He hasn’t throw an interception in his last 139 passing attempts (spanning five games), currently the fifth-longest streak in Browns history. His last interception came in the third quarter of his Browns debut at Minnesota on Sept. 22, 2013.


Player Year(s) Total

1. Bernie Kosar 1990-91 308

2. Milt Plum 1959-60 208

3. Vinny Testaverde 1995 174

4. Brady Quinn 2009 150

5. Brian Hoyer 2013-14 139

· DB Tashaun Gipson returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown for his second career score (44 yard INT return vs. Chicago on Dec. 15, 2013). The play marked the longest interception return by a Brown since LB David Bowens recorded a 64 yard interception-return touchdown at New Orleans on Oct. 24, 2010. Gipson has seven career interceptions.

· K Billy Cundiff converted on a 32-yard first-quarter field goal and a 29-yard game-winning field goal with three seconds remaining. He is 4-for-4 on field goal attempts this season and 5-for-5 on PATs.

· Rookie RB Terrance West rushed for a team-high 68 yards, including his first career touchdown on a 9-yard run in the third quarter. He also added his first career receptions (two) for 22 yards.

· WR Miles Austin registered six receptions for 44 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown. The score was the 35th of this career and first as a member of the Browns.

· LB Karlos Dansby recorded his 39th career sack and first as a Brown. He is the only active NFL player with at least 30 career sacks and 10 career interceptions (16 career, one this season).

· LB Paul Kruger has a sack in each game this season. He has 22 in his career and leads the Browns this season with two.

· LT Joe Thomas extended his consecutive-snaps streak to 7,059, the longest active stretch in the league. Thomas has started all 114 games and hasn’t missed an offensive play since being selected by the Browns with the third overall pick in the 2007 draft.

· C Alex Mack has started and played in each of the first 82 games of his career. He hasn’t missed an offensive snap during his career, a stretch of 5,134 plays.

· DL Desmond Bryant appeared in his first game since Dec. 1, 2013 vs. Jacksonville. He missed the final four games of the 2013 season with an irregular heart beat and last week with a wrist injury.

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