The Browns were also helped by playing turnover-free football but also important in the victory were a number of Bengal miscues. Most glaring of these mistakes was Cincinnati's inability to score with the ball inside the Browns 10-yard line with time running out in the first half. One first down, with only a half-minute remaining and no timeouts, the Bengals ran Corey Dillon to the right side, where he was stuffed by the Browns defense. On third down, with five seconds remaining, Jon Kitna held onto the football on a passing play and was sacked, sending the Bengals to the locker room with no pounds to show for their effort.
But Lee Suggs is who Browns fans will remember as we head into the off-season. The Browns running back exploded for touchdown runs of 78 and 25 yards, winding up with 186 yards on 26 attempts to go with the two scores. The running attack was all the Browns really needed, although Tim Couch was 9-18 for 115 yards and made a number of crucial third-down throws.
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