Josh McCown moves ahead of Brian Sipe, Bernie Kosar & Otto Graham in record-breaking performance

Browns quarterback Josh McCown sets a franchise record passing in the overtime win over the Ravens

He’s probably one of the least likely Browns quarterbacks in team history to break the passing record.

However, in leading the Browns to a thrilling 33-30 overtime victory on the road over the Ravens, Josh McCown passed for 457 yards on 36 completions in 51 attempts. Brian Sipe previously held the record for throwing for 444 yards against the then Baltimore Colts on Oct. 25, 1981 when he was 30-of-41. Bernie Kosar threw for 414 yards against the Steelers in 1986 and Otto Graham threw for 401 yards against Pittsburgh in 1952. The only other 400 plus passing games for Browns quarterbacks were by Kelly Holcomb (413 against Cincinnati in 2004) and Kosar (401 against Miami in 1986).

McCown had 425 passing yards in regulation, including just 165 yards at halftime. It was the third-straight game that McCown has thrown for over 300 yards.

McCown and the Browns overcame deficits of 14-3, 21-9 and 27-22 in the win. Trailing 21-9, the Browns took a 22-21 lead on back-to-back touchdown drives covering 75 and 79 yards. On a 13 play, 75-yard drive, McCown capped the drive with a 10-yard scramble untouched into the end zone to make it 21-16 with 1:06 to play in the third quarter. It was the first touchdown the Browns had scored on their fourth attempt inside the 20.

On the next possession, starting at their own 21, McCown threw deep and hit Taylor Gabriel for 56 yards to the Ravens’ 23. Three plays later, McCown lofted a pass high off his back foot as he was getting hit and Gary Barnidge made a sensational grab with the ball between his legs and controlled the ball without letting it hit the ground to make it 22-21.The two-point conversion was unsuccessful. 

The Ravens re-took the lead when Justin Forsett scored from the one and a failed two-point conversion made it 27-22 with 5:56 to play in regulation. Not to be outdone, McCown led the Browns 80 yards in plays and dumped a short pass to Isaiah Crowell, who rambled 22 yards for the touchdown to give the Browns a 28-27 lead with 3:03 to play in regulation. A two-point conversion was successful as McCown found Andrew Hawkins alone in the corner of the end zone for a 30-27 lead. 

The Ravens moved to the Browns four-yard line but were unable to get the touchdown, thus settling for a 23-yard field goal by Justin Tucker with 25 seconds to play. The Browns moved the ball into Ravens territory before time expired sending it to overtime.

Baltimore won the toss in overtime, but the defense forced a three-and-out and the Browns offense did the rest, starting from their own 35. Duke Johnson started the drive with runs of six- and three-yards. On third-and-one, McCown hit Barnidge for 19 yards to the Ravens 37. Facing third-and-one from the 28, Johnson converted the first down. After moving the ball to the 15, Travis Coons kicked the game winner from 32 yards out. It was Coons’ fourth field goal of the game and makes him a perfect 11-of-11 on the season.

After scoring three field goals on their first three trips into the red zone, the Browns scored touchdowns on their next three trips inside the 20 beside the game-winning field goal.

With the win, the Browns improved to 2-3 (1-0 in the AFC North), while the Ravens drop to 1-4 (0-1 in the division). The win snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Ravens in Baltimore. Ironically, the Browns last defeated the Ravens in Baltimore on Nov. 18, 2007, 33-30 in overtime. 

Extra Points

Star is Born: TE Gary Barnidge continues his emergence as the Browns go to receiver. Barnidge finished with eight receptions for 139 yards, including an acrobatic 18-yard touchdown catch that gave the Browns their first lead of the game at 22-21. Barnidge had a 35-yard catch to set up the second field goal and a third catch of 15-yards to set up Coons third field goal. 3-56. His 19-yard reception to the Ravens 37 put the Browns in position to win in overtime on Coon’s fourth field goal.Young Young Backs: With just two active running backs, RB Isaiah Crowell had 13 carries for 49 yards and RB Duke Johnson had nine carries for 22 yards. However, both made impacts in the passing game as Crowell had two catches for 38 yards, but none bigger than a 22-yard catch for a touchdown that gave the Browns the 28-27 lead. Johnson caught six passes for 55 yards.

Receiving Corps: Besides Barnidge, WR Travis Benjamin had six receptions for 83 yards, while WR Taylor Gabriel had four for 75 yards, including a 56 yard catch. 

Poyer Debut: DB Jordan Poyer made his first NFL start for DB Tashaun Gipson and had eight tackles. DB Donte Whitner led the Browns with nine.

Armonty: DL/LB Armonty Bryant had the only sack for the Browns, but it was a big one on a key third down in the second half. It was Bryant’s third sack of the season. 

Flacco Down: After starting his career 13-1 against the Browns, QB Joe Flacco lost for just the second time against the Browns. Flacco an for the first touchdown and threw to FB Kyle Juszczyk (Medina Cloverleaf HS)  for an 8-yard score with 16 seconds left in the first quarter as the Ravens took a 14-3 lead. flacco scored his second touchdown in the third quarter to make it 21-9 with 7$7 left in third quarter.

Star Kicker: Rookie K Travis Coons hit four field goals, two from 43 yards, one from 37 yards and the game-winning kick in overtime from 32 yards out. Coons is 11-of-11 on the season.

Coons hit a 43-yard field goal with 3:11 left in the first quarter to make it 7-3. Coons hit his second field goal to make it 14-6 from 43 yards with 4:05 left in the second quarter. Coons got an unnecessary roughness penalty after pushing the KR out of bounds. Coons kicked his third field goal for the first half to cut the deficit to 14-9 as time expired from 37 yards out.

Haden,Solomon, Bryant, Hartline Play: DL Desmond Bryant dropped RB Justin Forsett for a 3-yard loss on the first play of the game. DB Joe Haden played but had to leave the game in the second half. Haden was beaten by WR Aiken on successive plays of 9- and 17-yards to open the game. Solomon started but injured his knee and did not return. Hartline caught a pass for 5 yards and had another taken away by review.

Bowe Inactive: WR Dwayne Bowe was inactive for the third time in five games. Bowe has yet to catch a pass. Bowe was inactive and WR Brian Hartline, who was limited all week in practice with a thigh injury.QB Austin Davis, RB Shaun Draughn, RB Robert Turbin, DB Tashaun Gipson, LB Craig Robertson, WR Dwayne Bowe and TE  E.J. Bibbs


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