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Browns battle back, but lose in OT

The Browns came from 11 points down in the second half with a chance to win in regulation, but Cody Parkey missed the game-winning attempt and the Dolphins won in overtime

It's tough to get kicked when you're down.

But the Browns continue to find out the hard way as they dropped a 30-24 decision to the Dolphins in overtime as Jay Ajayi scored on an 11-yard run in overtime. 

Not only did the Browns lose several key starters this week to injury, but one of them, their kicker Patrick Murray, injured his knee in the team's walkthrough on Friday.

Cody Parkey was signed Saturday and joined the team for the game. 

He probably should've stayed home.

Parkey was set up with a chance to win the game when Corey Lemonier strip-sacked Ryan Tannehill with 20 seconds to play and recovered the fumble. After Hue Jackson chose to have Cody Kessler kneel on first down, he sent out Parkey to attempt a 46-yard field goal attempt, but it was wide left, sending the game to overtime.  Parker earlier had missed from 41- and 42-yards out. He did make two attempts in between.

The Browns are 0-3 for the first time since 2012 and travel to Washington next Sunday.

In overtime, the Browns won the toss, but Jackson elected to kickoff. The strategy could've paid off after the defense forced a stop and punt. However, the Browns started at their own nine and after Austin Pasztor was called for holding, the Browns had to punt from inside their own 20. Jarvis Landry returned the punt 13 yards into Cleveland territory. Tannehill promptly hit Landry for 32 yards beating Jamar Taylor to the Browns 11. On the next play, Ajayi scored around left end. 

The Browns had the lead at halftime and into the third quarter as they took the third quarter kickoff and drove 55 yards to the Dolphins 15 before Pasztor was called for holding and by the time the Browns had to settle for a field goal attempt, Parkey bounced off the goal post. Pasztor had five penalties in the game, including three holding calls.

Promptly, the Dolphins capitalized and went 65 yards for a touchdown to take the lead at 17-13 and then after a forced punt went the distance again and extended their lead to 24-13 with 14:17 left to play.

The Browns câme back and had an 83-yard drive to make it 24-21 with 10:12 left to play as Terrelle Pryor ran in from the quarterback spot and then Kessler threw a fade to Barnidge in the corner of the end zone for the two-point conversion.

The Browns tied the game 24-24 with 3:14 to play in regulation when Parkey converted on a 38-yard field goal after the Browns stalled at the Dolphins' 20.

Extra Points

Busy Terrelle: A week ago, WR Terrelle Pryor wouldn't talk about playing quarterback. This past week, he said he'd cut off a digit if it helped the team win. Although he wasn't asked to cut off his finger. All totaled, Pryor accounted for 200 all-purpose yards for the Browns. Pryor had eight receptions for 144 yards on 14 targets. He also was 3-of-5 for 35 yards passing and rushed four times for 21 yards, including a three-yard touchdown.  Pryor was used all over the field. In the first half, Pryor accounted for 99 yards of offense.  He had 27 yards receiving and had 26 yards rushing. In the first half, Pryor had four receptions for 62 yards, two rushes for 11 yards and threw two passes, completing one for 26 yards. Pryor lined up as a deep safety on the final play of the first half.

Rush Game: RB Isaiah Crowell led the Browns rushing with 79 yards on 15 carries, including a long run of 25 yards. Duke Johnson had 69 yards on 10 carries, with a long run of 17 yards. Johnson had five receptions for 12 yards. He was injured in the first quarter, but returned.  

Kessler Tough Start, but Rebounds: Rookie QB Cody Kessler's NFL debut started with a thud. After starting at the Dolphins 33, Kessler was called for delay of game on the first play. After a seven-yard run by RB Isaiah Crowell, Kessler was sacked by DE Cameron Wake and lost the ball recovered by the Dolphins. Kessler completed his first five passes for 36 yards, Kessler led a scoring drive to end the first half and was 8-of-11 for 76 yards in the first half. Kessler finished with a rating of 85.9 in his debut with 21-of-33 for 244 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He was sacked four times and lost one fumble.

Boddy-Calhoun's Debut: DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun interecpeted QB Ryan Tannehill and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown to give the Browns a 10-7 lead with 6:47 left i the first half. Earlier, Boddy-Calhoun was beaten for a touchdown by WR DeVante Parker. Body-Calhoun was playing due to CB Joe Haden being inactive with a groin injury. Body-Calhoun was an undrafted rookie free agent from Minnesota the Browns claimed from Jacksonville. He was inactive in the first two games. 

Mixed Homecoming: DB Jamar Taylor interecepted QB Ryan Tannehill on the second play of the game to give the Browns a first down on the Dolphins 33. Taylor was traded to the Browns on draft day for a seventh-round pick after being the Dolphins' second-round draft pick. Taylor had an illegal contact call in the third quarter and then was beaten by WR Jarvis Landry for 32 yards to set up the Dolphins winning touchdown in overtime. 

Big Play Gary: TE Gary Barnidge caught a 26 yard pass early in the game from Terrelle Pryor to set up a field goal opportunity, which was missed. He also caught a one-handed eight yard pass before a 46-yard field goal. Barnidge caught a 22-yard pass in the third quarter and finished with five receptions for 66 yards. 

Just One Sack: LB Corey Lemonier had the only sack for the Browns, but it was a big one. Lemonier strip-sacked QB Ryan Tannehill with 20 seconds left in regulation, but he Browns missed the field goal and a chance to win the game.

Rookie Day: Rookie WR Ricardo Louis caught three passes for 40 yards. He also had a penalty.

Haden Inactive: After missing Friday's walkthrough with a groin injury that Jackson down played, CB Joe Haden was inactive. immediately, QB Ryan Tannehill picked on rookie DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun for a 27-yard touchdown pass to WR DeVante Parker to take a 7-0 lead on their second series. Besides Haden, others inactive were: QB Josh McCown (shoulder), DB Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring), OL Shon Coleman, OL Cameron Erving (lung), DL Carl Nassib (hand) and WR Corey Coleman (hand). WR Andrew Hawkins started for Coleman, while DB Derrick Kindred started for Campbell. DB Tramon Williams started in place of Haden.

Bad Parkey: Newly signed K Cody Parkey got off to a bad start in his first game with the Browns. After the Browns moved to the Dolphins' 24 on their second possession, Parkey was wide left on a 41-yard field goal attempt. Parkey was signed Saturday after K Patrick Murray injured his knee and was placed on injured reserve. He did make a 46-yard field goal on his next attempt and kicked a 48-yard field goal before the end of the first half. However, Parkey banged a 42-yard attempt off the goal post with 7:27 left in the third quarter  and then missed the potential game-winning field goal at the end of regulation to finish just 2-of-5. 

Tramon Toast: Starting in place of DB Joe Haden, DB Tramon Williams was beaten on a crossing route by WR Jarvis Landry and then DB Derrick Kindred missed the tackle on Landry's way to the end zone that gave the Dolphins a 17-13 lead with 5:17 to play in the third quarter. 

Old Friend: Former Browns TE Jordan Cameron had one catch for five yards. Cameron made the Pro Bowl with the Browns but went to Miami in free agency in 2015. Cameron was taken to the locker room for concussion evaluation in the first half and did not return. 

Day to Forget: RT Austin Pasztor was flagged for five penalties. He had two false starts and three holding calls and gave up a sack to Cameron Wake. Pasztor had two of his penalties were drive killers as they came on the Browns 14 play drive to open the third quarter that resulted in a missed field goal.

Busy Day: DB Jordan Poyer led the Browns with 12 tackles followed by LB Christian Kirksey, who had nine. Poyer also returned a punt in the fourth quarter. 




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