Losinig Momentum: Breaking Down Four Plays That Cost the Cleveland Browns Against the Denver Broncos

The Browns had opportunities to be the first to beat the Denver Broncos, but couldn't make enough plays.

Second Quarter, Browns 2nd and 12 on DEN 40-

The Browns were down 3-0, but were driving for the second time. The first drive ended in Denver territory when they failed to convert on 4th down.

The second drive started on Cleveland’s own 19. Josh McCown drove the team into Denver territory and was facing a second and long. McCown tried to hit Travis Benjamin on a quick pass out wide, but Denver CB Aqib Talib read the play and stepped in front of Benjamin and picked off McCown, racing 63 yards for a touchdown.

 

Third Quarter, Broncos 3rd and 5 on CLE 10-

The Browns found themselves in a tough spot after the Broncos sacked Josh McCown and forced a fumble in Cleveland territory. The sack was a result of poor communication as Barrett came across the line untouched. He was lined up between RT Mitchell Schwartz and FB Malcolm Johnson, who was on the flank. Mitchell blocked inside and Johnson went to the flat for a pass. McCown never had a chance.

On the ensuing drive Manning found C.J. Anderson out of the backfield for a short gain, but he was brought down immediately by Christian Kirksey who made a great open field tackle. The play kept the Browns within striking distance as it forced the Broncos into a field goal attempt and a 13-7 lead.

 

Fourth Quarter, Broncos 1st and 10 on DEN 25-

Karlos Dansby made a heck of a play to pick off Peyton Manning for a second time, ripping the ball away from the receiver and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. The play gave the Browns a lead for the first time in the game.

After a failed two-point conversion and ensuing kick-off, Peyton Manning found Emmanuel Sanders on the right sideline with Tramon Williams a quarter step behind him. Manning led Sanders perfectly, and Williams fell to the ground reaching for the pass. 75 yards later, the Broncos had the lead again.

The Browns lead lasted approximately 14 seconds.

Tramon Williams has been very consistent for the Browns, and had a pretty good game aside from this play that he was unable to stop.

 

Fourth Quarter, Browns 2nd and 10 on DEN 46-

With the game tied at 23, the Browns defense stepped up and got a three-and-out from the Broncos setting up a chance for a game-winning drive with just over a minute left in the game and three timeouts remaining.

A pass to Travis Benjamin put the Browns onto the Denver side of the field at the 46. After an incompletion to Hartline, Josh McCown took a shotgun snap on second down and felt pressure as the pocket was collapsing. He made a terrible throw that was intercepted at the 30 trying to force the ball to Gary Barnidge.

The Browns just needed to get to that spot in order to try a field goal and potentially win the game. Instead the Broncos had a shot to drive for the win, but came up short as well.

 

In overtime, the Browns had chances to win, none bigger than when Barkevious Mingo intercepted Manning and gave the Browns the ball at Denver’s 39-yard line.

The Browns went backwards when Robert Turbin lost three yards on first down, then Josh McCown was sacked twice forcing the Browns to punt.

Denver took over and drove down the field and scored the game-winning field goal. 


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